I’ve always been inspired by the ocean. Coming from the Midwest, the ocean and ocean type products just weren’t….right. I begged my parents to move to California when I was 13 just so I could swim in the ocean everyday.
Listening to Siren and the Sea for the first time took me back in ways I wasn’t prepared for. Before moving to Portland, I lived in Sydney, Australia for a year. In wild, fun Oz I worked for a marketing company & got tickets through work to see Florence and The Machine live.
It was a seated performance in a artsy part of town. I went with a work colleague – we sat, white wine in hand, no idea what to expect. I had never been in such a small space with such a creative force. Ceremonials was very newly released & I left shaken to my core.
On the opening night of This Time With Feeling, Blossom moved us into a great rhythm with Neill crafting beats and Corey on drums. Then Cristina brought her band out. While I watched Cristina explain her vision and dream to the audience and then perform – I couldn’t help but know I was witnessing history.
I’ve been blown away by the talent coming out of Portland. Keep it up creative family. Show the world what the Pacific Northwest is all about.
Run The Jewels, the rap supergroup consisting of Killer Mike and El-P, came to the Crystal Ballroom last Monday to perform for a sold out crowd. From the back of the venue to the top of the rafters, RTJ fanatics shouted incessantly for the super group to hit the stage.
As fans held their fists with two fingers pointing at it, RTJ walked on stage for their set. The ballroom floors got their work in (the floors at the Crystal bounce, if you didn’t know) when Killer Mike and El-P ran through their discography. Tracks from the group’s current album including “Call Ticketron” and “Stay Gold” kept the fans going crazy. RTJ classics such as “Get It” and “Lie, Cheat, Steal” had the fans reciting almost every word (which is impressive due to the rapid rhyme scheme that is normal to RTJ).
On Friday night, we will be hosting a party upstairs in the installation portion of the night market. Find our live photo shoot with Afrodisiac! Blossom will make an appearance around 8pm and get’s to perform in front of everyone!
On Saturday, Afrodisic is taking over and there will be an all day garage sale! So come down – 1st and SE Alder.
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