Presented by Novo Fogo Cachaça
SOULSHAKE with Jeni Wren & Brownish Black
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.
Brownish Black doesn't walk the line between garage and soul - they destroy it.
The Portland-based octet started out as a three-piece garage rock band, whose raw energy pulled a handful of the city's best players into its gravitational field, yielding bigger and funkier results with each addition.
Though loyal fans flock to ecstatically dance at the band’s shows, the subject matter of Brownish Black’s songs packs a heavy punch; tackling class warfare and casting harsh criticism on modern social and economic systems. And there are love songs. Nothing is heavier than a love song.
High-energy music going up against oppression is possibly one of the most striking similarities between the group’s two main influencers - underground Pacific Northwest indie music and soul. For Michael David - band leader and Detroit native - nothing seems more natural than fostering the growth of social consciousness and human togetherness through music.
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