SOULSHAKE with Jeni Wren & Brownish Black

Jeni Wren

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

Soul doesn't come easy in the lily-white Northwest, but Portland's Brownish Black delivers an astonishingly authentic brand of vintage rough-edged R&B. Anchored by the full-throated belting of singer Vicki Porter and M.D. Sharbatz's rusty-strings guitar tone, the band doesn't try to mimic the polished majesty of '60s Motown like a lot of today's revivalists. (What unsigned act can afford to do so in this economy, anyway?) Instead, it works a sound more indebted to the grittier, more low-rent aesthetic of Stax/Volt and blues-indebted rock outfits like the Animals. The lo-fi quality of its demos work in the group's favor, but a legit studio album—if one ever arrives—could be a sleeper hit.



SOULSHAKE Vintage Soul, Funk and R&B Dance Party with Live Bands & DJs Presented by The Secret Society and Novo Fogo Cachaça

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SOULSHAKE with Jeni Wren & Brownish Black

Thursday, October 17 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Secret Society