Chanti Darling, Claire George
128 Northeast Russell Street
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Drama is a dark and passionate musical collaboration between Na'el Shehade and Via Rosa. The Chicago-based duo are each established artists in their own right. She as a solo vocalist and member of the THEMpeople collective, he as a producer and engineer having collaborated with artists such as Chance the Rapper on his breakout mixtape "Acid Rap" and Kanye West's GOOD Music on the Cruel Summer compilation, the latter debuting at number two on the US Billboard 200.
Drama's moody sound has been described as soulful electronic combining influences of house music, indie, neo-soul, pop and R&B. Their melancholy lyrics are a reflection of their own personal experiences relating to love and heartbreak. Together they make what they love to call "Happy-Sad Music."
Drama is an independent band. They self-released their first EP, Gallows, in November 2016.
R&B comes in many different flavors. Perhaps you prefer the glossy, Auto-Tuned visions being mass produced on the modern pop assembly line. Or you just grin at the little morsels sprinkled into current rock and country compositions. But if you’re looking for something far more substantive and satisfying than all that, Chanti Darling is here for you.
Led by former Magic Mouth vocalist Chanticleer Trü, this project’s driving inspiration is to bring R&B back to the forefront of pop consciousness. To honor the funky dance floor jams of yesteryear—those soulful soul burners that defied genre and have now burned off into the ether—while bringing an element of futurism to the mix.
This has long been a dream of Trü, a lover of R&B that grew up on the vintage funk, disco, and boogie sounds of Prince, Patrice Rushen, Cheryl Lynn, and Klymaxx; and the productions of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and the Chic Organisation. It took him a little while to direct his energies toward it as he had to spend a couple of years burning up stages with Magic Mouth and in collaboration with beloved ensemble the Portland Cello Project. But after a small break, he began writing songs and clarifying his vision for what would become Chanti Darling.
To aid him on this journey, Trü has reached out to some friends he has made along his musical journey, finding welcome support from fellow sonic wizards Natasha Kmeto and Damon Boucher, both fearsome solo artists in their own right. With them in his corner, Chanti Darling became a reality, with a set of songs that are sexy, playful, fierce, and joyous.
True to the source of inspiration, the project has only been evolving since then, especially when it comes to its soon-to-be-legendary live performances. Trü has welcomed friends like Rebecca Cole (The Minders, Wild Fang) and Hannah Billie (The Gossip) to help bring these songs to life on stage. The only constant has been his collaboration with choreographer/dancers William Ylvisaker and Maarqui who provide the colorful and necessary dance moves and smoldering stage presence to accompany Trü’s songs of love, lust, and losing yourself in the sound.
The work is not going unnoticed. Chanti Darling was welcomed to the lineups of Pickathon, Treefort Fest, and What The Festival; played a host of shows with the brilliant Hercules & Love Affair; and shared the stage with Battles at a Red Bull Sound Select show. With these and their own soul-shaking gigs, the project has catapulted to the head of the Portland scene where their fellow musicians and local tastemakers anointed Chanti Darling the city’s Best New Band in the annual poll held by alt-weekly Willamette Week.
The next step is to let the rest of world know that R&B ain’t no joke. Plans are already afoot with the finishing touches being placed on the first Chanti Darling LP, to be released in 2017 by Tender Loving Empire (home of Willis Earl Beal, Typhoon, and Loch Lomond, among others) and venturing out to stages beyond the Northwest. And it couldn’t come at a better time.
“For a long time this music lived on the radio,” says Trü, “but it’s fallen off the radar and changed. Luckily, it’s starting to come back a bit now, right when we need it. It was serious but it had a lot of levity to it. I really want to go full force with that contrast. Everything’s gotten so dark, it’s time to bring some of that lightheartedness back.”