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Secret Society Lounge, Portland 97212


116 NE Russell St Eliot
Portland, Oregon 97212
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Today's Shows

Wed, July 17, 2019 (7:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Wednesday Night Zydeco with Dance lesson by Cascade Zydeco
Wednesday Night Zydeco DJ'd Dance

Wednesday Night Zydeco Cascade Zydeco hosts Wednesday Night Zydeco featuring live music every 2nd & 4th Wednesday and a DJ'd dance 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Every event starts with a zydeco dance lesson (or sometimes blues or waltz), followed by dancing to Zydeco, Cajun, blues, swing, and waltz. Great for beginners and experienced dancers. It's a zydeco tradition to change partners often and dance with everyone, so there’s no need to come with a partner. Drop in once, become a regular! Et toi! What is Cascade Zydeco? Cascade Zydeco is 501(c)3 Oregon non-profit association with members from all over the USA. CZ fulfills its mission of building and sustaining Zydeco, Cajun, and other music & dance from Louisiana by sponsoring dances, hosting live Zydeco and Cajun bands, organizing dance workshops and special events, and by supporting the Waterfront Blues Festival. In 1999 Cascade Zydeco established a membership association, directed by an executive committee and board of directors. Members receive discounts, stay up-to-date with an email newsletter, and enjoy an information-packed web site. Cascade Zydeco exists and thrives entirely because of the time and energy of numerous volunteers, ensuring that Zydeco music and dance continue to flourish in the Pacific Northwest. What is Zydeco? Zydeco is a blues sub genre and the dance music of the French speaking southwest Louisiana Creoles. Zydeco instrumentation centers around the button or piano accordion and a frottoir -- a rub board or washboard worn like a vest. The frottoir is played with spoons or forks and is used to provide rhythm and a distinctive sound. Zydeco music was originally created at house dances, where families and friends gathered for socializing. It was often just called French music or “le musique Creole” known as “la-la.” The music integrated waltz, shuffles, two-steps, blues, rock and roll, and other dance music forms. Today, zydeco music integrates traditional styles with genres such as R&B, soul, reggae, hip hop, ska, rock, Afro-Caribbean and other styles.

$8 members ● $10 general public

Upcoming Shows

Thu, July 18, 2019 (6:00pm - 11:00pm PDT )
Pete Krebs and the Rocking K Ranch Hands, Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters, Melissa Roane, The Portland Lindy Society
Thursday Swing! Featuring Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters, Pete Krebs and the Rocking K Ranch Hands

Originally from Southern California, Pete Krebs has been a fixture on the Portland music scene since 1987. His musical pursuits have spanned several decades and genres, including punk rock, Western swing, old-time, jazz and folk. His bands have included Thrillhammer, Hazel, Golden Delicious, Pete Krebs and The Gossamer Wings, The Stolen Sweets and Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys. He's shared the stage with a broad range of world-class musicians including Nirvana, Elliott Smith, Peter Rowan and The Hot Club of Cowtown. He's performed at venues and festivals large and small, legendary and infamous, including CBGBs, Preservation Hall, Pickathon and Lollapalooza. He's received mostly good press from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin, Magnet and No Depression. His commercial work has been featured nationally for NASCAR and the NFL as well as for the Oregon Lottery. An in-demand performer, collaborator, composer and teacher, he is currently working on a number of projects and releases for late 2016 and 2017, including the release of a live Hazel performance from 1993, a “best of” record, and an album of new original work. A film about his life is also in the works. He is a double inductee in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and a double cancer survivor. He lives in NE Portland with his partner in crime Kelley and their two dogs, Merle and Dixie. He's pretty stoked about the whole thing.

$10 advance ● $10 cash at the door
Fri, July 19, 2019 (6:00pm - 7:45pm PDT )
The Sportin' Lifers
The Sportin' Lifers feat. Erin Wallace

The Sportin’ Lifers jump out of a time when names such as Johnny Otis, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Etta James, and Slim Gaillard were heard up and down the West Coast, while Paul Gayten, Professor Longhair, and scores of others held forth in The Crescent City. Rhythm, jive, swing, reefer tunes, jump blues, boogie woogie—it’s all here. Featuring dynamic vocalist Erin Wallace, the Sportin’ Lifers delight dancers and music lovers alike with Don Campbell on string bass, Steve “Thousand Dollar” Cleveland on piano, Fred Ingram on drums, Brad Ulrich on clarinet and saxophone, and Whit Draper on guitar. With urbane lyrics and tasteful musicianship The Sportin’ Lifers play timeless songs from Dinah Washington and Louis Armstrong to Ray Charles and Ruth Brown as well as a growing group of original tunes that falls right in the same pocket. The sound is uptown but with enough juke joint grease and smoke to make everyone happy. Come see what all the fun is about, and please check your razor at the door.

$6 advance ● $6 cash at the door
Sat, July 20, 2019 (6:00pm - 7:45pm PDT )
James Mason & The Gypsy Hicks
Gypsy swing with James Mason & The Gypsy Hicks

James Mason - Violin James has played and recorded Bluegrass, Country, Swing and Jazz. In 2014 James won the National Swing Fiddle Championship in Weiser Idaho and The Bob Wills Fiddle Championship in Greenville Texas. James regularly performs in Portland with Pete Krebs and The Portland Playboys, The Djangophiles, Rebecca Kilgore and various others. Pete Krebs - guitar and vocals Two-time Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee, Pete Krebs has been a fixture on the Portland music scene since 1987. His musical pursuits have spanned several decades and genres, including punk rock, Western swing, old-time, jazz and folk. His bands have included Thrillhammer, Hazel, Golden Delicious, Pete Krebs and The Gossamer Wings, The Stolen Sweets and Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys. He's shared the stage with a broad range of world-class musicians including Nirvana, Elliott Smith, Peter Rowan and The Hot Club of Cowtown. He's performed at venues and festivals large and small, legendary and infamous, including CBGBs, Preservation Hall, Pickathon and Lollapalooza. He's received mostly good press from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin, Magnet and No Depression. Pete Lampe - bass Holding down the rhythm on upright bass, and giving you those tempos you love to swing to, is Pete Lampe (Midnight Serenaders, The Libertine Belles, The Hot Lovin' Jazz Babies, Becky Kilgore and the Cowhands, The Barn Door Slammers, Djangophiles)... and you'd better believe there's a damn good reason all those great swing bands rely on Pete! Pete literally knows the bass inside and out, and is one of the most respected bass luthiers on the west coast, operating Pete's Upright Bass Shop in Portland, Oregon. Tracy Kim - guitar Tracy is a member of The 12th Avenue Hot Club, and The Kung Pao Chickens, and has been involved in many other bands and endeavors over the years including teaching, composing, and producing music, as well as projects in film and commercial scoring. Not only is Tracy well versed in many styles, he is a strong rhythm player, and a very inventive and colorful soloist. He is a co-founder of the Happy Valley School of Music. July 20, 2019 lineup Pete Krebs will not perform on July 20, but joining The Gypsy Hicks will be: Doug Stickler - Accordion Doug Stickler has been playing accordion for 34 yrs. He studied with Don Bottari and Eileen Hagen and made his professional debut as a strolling musician at the Black Angus Steak House. After 10 yrs playing The Matterhorn Restaurant, he began working with other musicians in various combos. These have included Zydeco music with the band Bodacious; Italian opera and Neapolitan love songs with tenor, Tim Tommaso; as an accompanist for Joan Szymco's Veriditas Choir; and with Cliff Farley's Swiss Choir. He also plays in a Duo setting with violinist Frank Holman or guitarist Rouke Vanderveen. Russell Gores - Drums A multi-instrumentalist most recognized for his work on bass and drums, Russell also plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, lap steel, mandolin, spoons, & saw. Russell leads his own band, The Hot Club Time Machine, on guitar, saw and vocals. He's also performed with Everything's Jake, The Libertine Belles, The Ground, The Ben Macy Trio, Well Swung, Jackstraw, The Pagan Jug Band, The Marten's Combination, The Rocky Butte Wranglers, Jobo Shakins, Smut City Jelly Roll Society, The Shark Skin Revue, Swingtown Vipers, The Tony Starlight Show, Mother Bunch, Fast Rattler, The Strangled Darlings, and Professor Gall. Russell's also made music with Jeff Coffin (of Bela Fleck), Utah Phillips (Ani DiFranco), and shared the stage with Dave Holland (Miles Davis) and Jolie Holland (of the Be Good Tanyas).

$6 advance ● $6 cash at the door
Sat, July 20, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm PDT )
Tia Brazda
Tia Brazda

Tia Brazda's jazz-pop gems and retro style have established her as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene at home and abroad, paying homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist. Having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, she burst onto the scene in 2012, hitting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart as well as receiving play on BBC Radio 6, CBC Radio, Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto and college radio stations across Canada. This debut brought her to Paris and Amsterdam as well as cities around the UK in support, in addition to performing at major festivals at home across Canada. In 2015 Tia followed up with her debut full-length album 'Bandshell', which also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart and #3 on the Nielsen Soundscan Chart in Canada. It was also ranked the #5 best Canadian jazz release of 2015 by Jazz FM 91 in Toronto. The album also hit #24 on the CMJ national radio chart in the U.S. after being added to over 35 stations nationwide. In support of 'Bandshell', Tia toured Canada, the U.S. and Spain in 2015 and 2016, performing at such major festivals such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (main stage), Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (front cover of festival program), TD Toronto International Jazz Festival, Jazz Sudbury Festival, All-Canadian Jazz Festival and Iboga Summer Festival (Spain). In 2016 she also released an electro-swing collection of remixes titled 'Bandshell Remixed', featuring prominent DJs from around the globe, including Wolfgang Lohr and Sound Nomaden. Tracks from this release continue to be featured on BBC6 Radio in the UK and Rai Radio 1 in Italy and the album made the Best of 2016 list by the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC6 Radio in the UK. In 2017 Tia performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (rated "Best of the Fest") as part of her European and North American touring. In September 2018, Tia releases her new all-original album, 'Daydream', which finds her irresistible voice cradled in a rich and varied atmosphere of strings, horns, and backing vocals, in service of her positive outlook on various states of romance. She moves effortlessly from the bossa nova of the title track, to the pure jazz balladry of “Irreplaceable,” to the tango-infused French chanson of “Un amour bohème” – with the songs sounding as strong as if they’ve been around forever. Brazda strides confidently on a brave new musical path as well, with her most pop-oriented recordings to date: among them, the soulful “Right On Time,” the big, brassy chorus (and synthesizer solo!) of “Moondust Baby,” and the optimistic, can’t-miss, enthusiasm of the pure-pop “Brand New Day” – a song that would sound entirely at home as Michael Bublé’s next single. The album also features a who’s who of Juno-nominated players including Larnell Lewis of Snarky Puppy on drums, Shirantha Beddage on saxophone, William Sperandei on trumpet, Adrean Farrugia on piano, William Carn on trombone and Marc Rogers on bass. The funky track “Livin’ Easy” also features a songwriting collaboration and genre-bending piano solo by Marc Pelli of Billboard #1 group, MAGIC!, whose song “Rude” continues to be a global phenomenon.

$12 advance ● $15 cash at the door
Tue, July 23, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:45pm PDT )
Laryssa Birdseye, Alycia Lang, Strange and the Familiars
Laryssa Birdseye, Alycia Lang, Strange and the Familiars

Portland, Oregon is a city ripe with musicianship, talent and creativity. Despite all the city has to offer, Laryssa Birdseye effortlessly stands out as one of Portland's most captivating musical offerings. Generating new fans at every performance, Laryssa has been gaining steady momentum with no signs of slowing the pace. Self-described as a folk singer that accidentally began to write pop music, Laryssa uses humor and honesty to enchant her audience. Having struggled with addiction and an eating disorder, Laryssa’s songs reflect the turmoil of heartbreak, dependency, regret, and the persistent strive towards healing, making her originals relatable and her hooks infectious. Her soaring vocals are filled with flawless riffs and soulful melodies. Best known for her biting wit and clever lyricism, Laryssa stands out best as a songwriter, offering tremendously relatable content—often serving to inspire, often breaking your heart open as she spills hers.

$8 advance ● $10 cash at the door
Wed, July 24, 2019 (7:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Wednesday Night Zydeco, Swamp Thang! with Dance lesson by Cascade Zydeco
Wednesday Night Zydeco feat. Swamp Thang!

Wednesday Night Zydeco Cascade Zydeco hosts Wednesday Night Zydeco featuring live music every 2nd & 4th Wednesday and a DJ'd dance 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Every event starts with a zydeco dance lesson (or sometimes blues or waltz), followed by dancing to Zydeco, Cajun, blues, swing, and waltz. Great for beginners and experienced dancers. It's a zydeco tradition to change partners often and dance with everyone, so there’s no need to come with a partner. Drop in once, become a regular! Et toi! What is Cascade Zydeco? Cascade Zydeco is 501(c)3 Oregon non-profit association with members from all over the USA. CZ fulfills its mission of building and sustaining Zydeco, Cajun, and other music & dance from Louisiana by sponsoring dances, hosting live Zydeco and Cajun bands, organizing dance workshops and special events, and by supporting the Waterfront Blues Festival. In 1999 Cascade Zydeco established a membership association, directed by an executive committee and board of directors. Members receive discounts, stay up-to-date with an email newsletter, and enjoy an information-packed web site. Cascade Zydeco exists and thrives entirely because of the time and energy of numerous volunteers, ensuring that Zydeco music and dance continue to flourish in the Pacific Northwest. What is Zydeco? Zydeco is a blues sub genre and the dance music of the French speaking southwest Louisiana Creoles. Zydeco instrumentation centers around the button or piano accordion and a frottoir -- a rub board or washboard worn like a vest. The frottoir is played with spoons or forks and is used to provide rhythm and a distinctive sound. Zydeco music was originally created at house dances, where families and friends gathered for socializing. It was often just called French music or “le musique Creole” known as “la-la.” The music integrated waltz, shuffles, two-steps, blues, rock and roll, and other dance music forms. Today, zydeco music integrates traditional styles with genres such as R&B, soul, reggae, hip hop, ska, rock, Afro-Caribbean and other styles.

$12 members ● $15 general public
Thu, July 25, 2019 (6:00pm - 11:00pm PDT )
The Hot Lovin' Jazz Babies, Melissa Roane, The Portland Lindy Society, Stumptown Swing
Thursday Swing! Featuring The Hot Lovin' Jazz Babies, Stumptown Swing

THE HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES is a side project of Doug Sammons, Dee Settlemier, and Pete Lampe who perform together in the long-time Portland swing band The Midnight Serenaders. Each month will feature different instrumentalists from Portland’s thriving swing scene, creating a unique and exciting lineup for each show.

$10 advance ● $10 cash at the door
Fri, July 26, 2019 (6:00pm - 7:45pm PDT )
Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys
Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys

Rapidly becoming a Portland institution, the Portland Playboys' twice monthly Friday happy hour (2nd and 4th Fridays, 6-8pm, all ages) has been getting rave reviews and putting smiles on the faces of young and old for several years now. A high-octane mixture of classic Western Swing and Honky-tonk, the band's hour and a half long sets are legendary for their top-notch musicianship, acrobatic solos and deep, heartfelt vocals ranging from cry-in-your beer weepers to uptempo rave-ups. Drawing from the classic repertoire of 30's-60's Country Western and Swing, the Portland Playboys feature some of the best instrumentalists 'Our Fair City' has to offer; Ian Miller on lead guitar, Rusty Blake on steel, 'King' Keith Brush on slap bass, James Mason on fiddle, and Portland legend Pete Krebs on vocals and rhythm guitar. If you're craving some old school Western Swing for your drinking, dining and dancing pleasure, you can't go wrong with the Portland Playboys.

$6 advance ● $6 cash at the door
Sat, July 27, 2019 (6:00pm - 7:45pm PDT )
The Newport Nightingales
The Newport Nightingales

This three part harmony group creates an authentic sound that transports audiences back to the golden era of swing. Covering popular standards of the 20s-40s including many Andrews Sisters and Boswell Sisters favorites, The Newport Nightingales aim to keep you on the dance floor smilin' and swingin' til you sweat... and this group always hits their mark! Vocals: Carly Westling, Heather Zavala, Farrell Roth Guitar: Tracy Kim Piano: Isacc Szymanczky Bass: Bernardo Gomez Washboard: Josh McLaughlin

$6 advance ● $6 cash at the door
Sat, July 27, 2019 (9:00pm - 12:30am PDT Sunday)
Rick Bain & The Genius Position, Daystar, Steve Wilkinson
Rick Bain & The Genius Position Album Release w/ Daystar, Steve Wilkinson

PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER-PICK OF THE WEEK: Portland, Oregon's Rick Bain and the Genius Position are quite simply a great American rock band! Taking cues from psychedelic outfits like Pink Floyd, but putting a wholly American twist on the oeuvre, they bear a distant resemblance to The Doors or maybe The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. There's a vastness to Crooked Autumn Sun, a certain pervasive penchant for things big, wide or spacious. Take a song like "Bye Bye Blue Eye". The gentle western twang, the moseying gait, the distant vocals and transcendent rock organ underpinnings all point toward something bigger than life. The instrumentals "Assume the Position" parts I and II are similarly expansive. "Magic Horse" approaches Spiritualized's realm of hypnotic, trance-inducing rock landscapes. The entire album is a beautifully textured and monumental work. Some songs on Crooked Autumn Sun aren't as epic, but still exude this spirit of freedom. "So Good" is smooth and melodic; Bain's rich baritone is paired in unison with a dreamy, whispery female voice, creating an enchanting sonic mixture. "So Good" has more than a bit of Honky Tonk to it. The shuffling rhythm and rootsy slide guitar could easily be Merle Haggard, but the spacy organ pads and the effusive use of echo effects are just too trippy. "Orlando" is atmospheric -- music for a rainy afternoon, perhaps. The lyrics are powerfully visual: the best line is "And Satan was my backdoor man…" Believe me, in context, it's not as corny as it sounds! This is an album that starts out strong and then grows on you. I've heard it five times now and I like it better each time I listen to it. I've found it particularly rewarding to dive more deeply into the lyrics. Their nuance and depth do much to enhance the album's expansive atmosphere. It's always great to discover an exceptional new band, but to discover one that you might actually still like in a year's time is priceless!

$8 advance ● $10 cash at the door
Sun, July 28, 2019 (7:15pm - 9:30pm PDT )
The Secret Sessions
The Secret Sessions

Do you love to be turned on to great, new music, no matter the genre? Then The Secret Sessions is for you! Each Sunday evening from July 7 through September 22, we'll be showcasing seven original, unannounced acts, performing three songs each. In addition to introducing audiences to some of Portland's finest new bands, The Secret Sessions provides solo songwriters and composers with an opportunity to perform their material backed by The Secret Sessions house musicians including: Alex Tomaino - multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, and music instructor proficient in jazz, blues, rock, funk, Latin, contemporary, Americana/country, and gypsy swing. Dave Kelsay - currently the drummer for bands Soul Progression and Cloud Six, Dave is also a sought-after sessions musician who performs and records nationally with notable musicians like Parliament Funkadelic's Danny Bedrosian. Cody Weathers - multi-instrumentalist, composer, and scat-singing rocker! Every Secret Sessions show is recorded and streamed live at timesinfinity.media, where the entire series will be made available as a complete 84-act album. Producing the series is Times Infinity Media, whose founder, Julian Ruck holds the world record for staging the longest continuous concert in history - that came in at a whopping 813 hours! That's 34 consecutive days of nonstop, 24/7, live music. It's a pretty incredible and heart-warming story (read about it here) about an idealistic musician with a crazy plan, that united the entire town of Chico, CA in a successful run at a world record. And now he's set his world-record sights on his new home: Portland, Oregon. The Secret Sessions is Times Infinity Media's first large-scale community project in Portland - and a stepping stone toward the company's ultimate goal of initiating the world’s first Endless Concert, to be held right here in Stumptown.

$7 advance ● $7 cash at the door
Sat, September 28, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:30pm PDT )
Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan
XRAY FM Presents Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan

New York noir soul artist Kendra Morris recalls singers who straddled soul and rock during the early '70s, such as Ruth Copeland and Chaka Khan. Her taste was developed through her parents' record collection, a library heavy on late-60s and early-70s soul and funk as well as a love for the cinema scores of the same period. After touring with legendary Motown Funk Brother Dennis Coffey and releasing a series of singles that she did with longtime collaborator Jeremy Page including "Concrete Waves," with b-side remixed by DJ Premier, Morris released the album Banshee (2012) on Wax Poetics Records. In 2013, Morris returned with a covers album 'Mockingbird'. Both Banshee and Mockingbird received much acclaim, a cult following and several film + tv placements. The title track "Banshee" was used prominently in the Showtime hit series Ray Donovan while her cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" was featured in the trailer for major motion picture Dead Man Down starring Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell. 2013 Morris worked on a side project band with friends Scarlett Johansson, Julia Haltigan and Holly Miranda. With Este Haim joining on drums and TV On The Radios' Dave Sitek producing the project, they released the track "Candy" and a cover of “Bizarre Love Triangle” for AMFARs The Time Is Now compilation record. Returning with her EP 'Babble' in 2016 to positive reviews and more licensing placements she continued working on music with Jeremy Page as well as began focusing her love of creating multimedia arts and finding ways to connect it to her own sonic universe. Having been collaging and doing stop motion animation a handful of years for her own album art and videos she wound up in the directors chair and animating the 2018 music video “Bomb Thrown” for the hip hop supergroup Czarface and MF DOOM record Czarface Meets Metal Face. Popular online magazine Mass Appeal cited the video as one of the best of 2018. Early 2018 Morris released a string of singles; “Nothing”, “Playing Games” with Greg Nice of Nice & Smooth featured on the remix as well as a cover of Madonnas 'Like A Virgin' featuring DâM-FunK. She was recently featured on both last years Czarface Meets Metalface and this years Czarface Meets Ghostface albums and her song "If You Didn't Go' was sampled on the Rapsody and J Cole song 'SoJourner' produced by 9th Wonder. Just releasing her first new song of 2019 called 'Foolin' Around' she has a full plate for 2019 that includes a string of small tours, releasing more new music as well as animating and directing a handful of visual projects for both herself and others.

$15 advance ● $15 cash at the door