By ANA AMMANN //
Siren Nation celebrates 9 years! From Rachel Mann to a Kate Bush tribute to the Famous Haydell Sisters and the Libertine Belles (pictured)...plus lots more.
As a founding board member of Siren Nation - the annual festival and presenting arts organization that serves to create performance and exhibition opportunities to showcase the original work of women in music, film, performance, fashion, comedy and visual art throughout the year – it is an annual celebration of female artists and creativity that is near and dear to my heart.
Each year this festival and its impact continues to grow in scope and reach thanks to a volunteer board and several organizing committees, as well as through the vision and leadership of its Executive Director, December Carson, who says, “For those of us who have been involved since that very first festival in 2007, we are so excited to see how the Siren Nation Festival has grown and evolved along with our beautiful city! All of these changes have come with our commitment to create opportunities for women’s art to be seen, heard, and experienced.”
This year, the festival takes place between November 4 – 15. In addition to the music events below, the festival features a comedy night “Hell Hath No Funny” on November 4th, a group art show “Paths to the Pacific Northwest” featuring 40 women artists on November 5th, a live storytelling event “The Broadcast” on November 11th and favorites the Siren Nation Art & Craft Sale and Free Workshops at The McMenamin’s Kennedy School on November 15th.
All the events are sure to be a hit, but given the success of Kate Bush’s sold out performances this year, you’d better get your tickets to Siren Nation Festival’s Cloudbusting event on November 8th in advance as the evening is dedicated to one of pop music's most enchanting and uncompromising stars with a cast of Portland's most talented female musicians taking on Bush's catalog.
Siren Nation Music Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 6: Erin McKeown and Natalia Zukerman
At the Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors at 7PM. Show at 8PM.
$15 Advance / $18 At the Door
Erin McKeown is a musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing is something to see. Her singing voice is truly unique – clear, cool, and collected. Over the course of 7 studio albums and thousands of live performances, Erin has developed and refined a distinct and challenging mix of American musical styles.
Friday, Nov. 6: The Cats Meow – Burlesque Show
At The Secret Society
Doors at 7:30PM. Show at 8PM.
Step back in time and into a Speakeasy where you can drink, dance and enjoy live variety entertainment & classic burlesque all to the live music of Pink Lady & John Bennett Jazz Band! Featuring: Zora Von Pavonine, Mae Zing, Pink Lady DiAnn, Portland Rhythm Shakers. Additional cast: Zora Von Pavonine, Pink Lady DiAnn and more!
Saturday, Nov. 7: The Libertine Belles
At The Secret Society
Show at 6PM. $5. ALL AGES
The Libertine Belles are a female vocal swing trio based in Portland Oregon. Our set lists include vintage jazz music and original songs that conjure up Tin Pan Alley!
Saturday, Nov. 7: The Rachel Mann Band w/ The Earnest Lovers & Waysiders
At The Secret Society
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm. $8 in advance / $10 at the door
Rachel Mann has brought a special blend of country & folk with her on her recent arrival on the Portland music scene. Making waves as a new voice not to be missed, she will delight listeners with her original tunes as well as covers of some tried and true favorites. She looks forward to sharing the stage with some of her favorite musicians for this exciting show!
Sunday, Nov. 8th: Kate Bush Tribute Night
CLOUDBUST WITH US: A TRIBUTE TO KATE BUSH
8:30pm show. $8 adv. / $10 Door.
Cover songs performed live by: Sara Jackson-Holman, Johanna Warren, Unicorn Domination, Coco Columbia, Lynnae Gryffin, Patricia et Cameron, Moniker with LKN and Ali Clarys. Dance performance by: Lucy Lee Yim
Tuesday, November 10: The Doubleclicks, Jackie Kashian and Molley Lewis.
At The Doug Fir Lounge
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm. $10.00 – $12.00 – 21+ only.
The Doubleclicks— Angela Webber and Aubrey Webber — are sisters. Since launching their band in 2011 with a weekly new-song YouTube project and the animated music video for their Dungeons & Dragons love song, The Doubleclicks have toured their clever brand of folk music around the country, usually in comic shops, game stores or in their fans’ living rooms. The duo has also performed at w00tstock shows with Paul & Storm and Wil Wheaton, and entertained audiences at pop culture, gaming and sci-fi conventions.
Thursday, November 12: The Famous Haydell Sisters
At Rialto Corner Bar. 401 SW Alder St.
8-10pm. 21+. FREE. 8pm-10pm
The Famous Haydell Sisters Comeback Tour is a musical comedy routine featuring sisters Maybelle (Sadie Bowman) and Mattie (Donna Kay Yarborough) as a pair of 1990s child stars who are making a comeback 20 years after their last concert.
Thursday, November 12: Micachu & The Shapes
Doors at 7:30, music at 8PM. $12.00 advance $14.00 day of show.
Micachu and the Shapes’ Mica Levi earned acclaimed for the score for the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin. This year, she’s back with the band for the follow-up to 2012’s Never. Good Sad Happy Bad is out September 11 via Rough Trade.
Friday, November, 13th: TOPS, PURO INSTINCT, IS/IS
At the Doug Fir Lounge
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm. $12.00. 21+ only.
TOPS form precious balances. They create emotionally powerful sonic experiences with a contemporary understanding of the classic song structures that have guided pop music since the beginning. A close listen will reveal their assurance as musicians, but their experience derives from playing in warehouse lofts rather than going to school. There is a place for each note in their songs. Complexity disappears behind a veil of familiarity.
Saturday, November 14: DJ Anjali w/ the incredible Kid.
At the Goodfoot Pub and Lounge
9:00pm. $5. 21+.
A Desi-Latino Soundclash: Take the sultry vibe of the Latin American Tropics, combine with the rhythm of India (“Taal”) and stir into Tropitaal – a Desi/Latino Soundclash where the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America go head to head in an all-night dance-off of epic proportions. Resident DJs Anjali & The Incredible Kid combine their deep passions and deep crates from across the spectrum of Caribbean, Indian and Latin vibes.