JENI WREN: NORTH STAR EP RELEASE: w/ANCIENT HEAT and CHANCE HAYDEN W/IAN JAMES
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Jeni Wren is powerful vocalist and songwriter whose originals, experimenting in funk, jazz soul and hip-hop, speak to the passion of human longing, influenced by artists including Jill Scott, Paloma Faith and Nina Simone.
Her recently released debut EP North Star, garnered positive press from the Portland Media for both the EP and her live show. The album showcases her vocals within a tapestry of sexy jazzy soul, produced by Matthew Flowers(Feist, The Visitors) and featuring strong support from many of Portland's fastest rising artists. It was released with positive critical reception, with features in the Willamette Weekly, SSG Music and Portland Pick as well as radio support on KMHD, KZME, KMUZ and Portland Radio Project.
Wren was a founding member of Shy Girls, who were voted Best New Band in Willamette Weekly's 2013 poll and has been rising within the Portland scene since the release of her EP, performing with local talents including Brownish Black, Magic Mouth and Ancient Heat as well as being a part of the 2013 Siren Nation Festival with Fault Lines and THEE Satisfaction. Keep your eyes open in 2014, with the release of her live album as well as performance throughout the NW.
Ancient Heat is a large ensemble dance band, formed in 2010. The 10-piece powerhouse revels in an exhilarating mixture of west coast funk, disco, and R&B, merged with the infectious polyrhythms of African pop and a healthy dose of psychedelia. In both their exuberant re-contextualization of classic works and their own inventive compositions, they convey an unpretentious style and a deep sincerity. The group dresses in all white for their compelling live performances, leading the local press to label these magic-makers: “a cross between Abba and The Children of God.” It’s a spectacle of skilled musicianship and ecstatic theatrics that you’ll need to see to believe….
Chance Hayden maintains a well-praised reputation as one of Portland's most versatile and desirable guitarists. While early 2013 saw the release of The Family Tree, his full length debut as a leader and songwriter, Hayden continues to ascend as a sideman to noteworthy talents including Farnell Newton, Jarrod Lawson, Nicole Berke and Laura Ivancie. Hayden has additionally made a presence in collaboration with singer-songwriter Ian James, performing one another's works while showcasing James' soulful vocals and Hayden's tasteful accompaniment.
$10 in advance • $15 day of show