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Waterfront Blues Festival 2020: Paintings & Drawings from the past 20 years of performances

By DIANE RUSSELL // Painter Diane Russell, and also an OMN photographer, has been photographing and painting subjects from the Waterfront Blues Festival for 20 years. Here's a gallery of her WBF paintings.

Waterfront Blues Festival 2020: Paintings & Drawings from the past 20 years of performances

Darkswoon live-streams on Sunday, July 5 at 6pm on OMN Live

Watch Darkswoon perform live on Sunday, July 5 at 6pm on the OMN Facebook page.

Darkswoon live-streams on Sunday, July 5 at 6pm on OMN Live

Allen Toussaint 2015 Waterfront Blues Festival / Photo by Anthony Pidgeon

Allen Toussaint: Familiar songs and brand new tunes at the 2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival - video interview and review

By TOM D'ANTONI // Allen Toussaint played the 2015 Waterfront Blues Festival on July 3. He died the following November. Here's a video interview from a few weeks before the festival.Plus coverage of the day.

Allen Toussaint: Familiar songs and brand new tunes at the 2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival - video interview and review

Denson at the 2013 Waterfront Blues Festival Photo by Jon T. Cruz

Karl Denson: Waterfront Blues Festival, July 5, 2013 / Audio interview

By TOM D'ANTONI // Karl Denson fills a very important place in the Jazz/Funk nexus. His tunes are complex enough to make any Jazz fan happy, but funky enough to make you dance. This was the original function of Jazz, so Denson brings the music full circle.

Karl Denson: Waterfront Blues Festival, July 5, 2013 / Audio interview

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Darkswoon live-streams on Sunday, July 5 at 6pm on OMN Live

Jul 4, 2020

Watch Darkswoon perform live on Sunday, July 5 at 6pm on the OMN Facebook page.

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Waterfront Blues Festival 2020: Paintings & Drawings from the past 20 years of performances

Jul 4, 2020

By DIANE RUSSELL // Painter Diane Russell, and also an OMN photographer, has been photographing and painting subjects from the Waterfront Blues Festival for 20 years. Here's a gallery of her WBF paintings.

read more

Karl Denson: Waterfront Blues Festival, July 5, 2013 / Audio interview

Jun 30, 2020

By TOM D'ANTONI // Karl Denson fills a very important place in the Jazz/Funk nexus. His tunes are complex enough to make any Jazz fan happy, but funky enough to make you dance. This was the original function of Jazz, so Denson brings the music full circle.

read more

Allen Toussaint: Familiar songs and brand new tunes at the 2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival - video interview and review

Jul 1, 2020

By TOM D'ANTONI // Allen Toussaint played the 2015 Waterfront Blues Festival on July 3. He died the following November. Here's a video interview from a few weeks before the festival.Plus coverage of the day.

read more

A new video from Toots and the Maytals: "Got To Be Tough"

Jul 1, 2020

The album won't be out until the end of August but here's a taste from one of Reggae's originators.

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Featured Audio

Jun 24, 2020

Skip vonKuske: The cellist at work during a pandemic / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #252

By TOM D'ANTONI // Although Portland Cello Project, Groovy Wallpaper and Skip vonKuske's other projects, solo and otherwise are prevented from in-person appearances, he's had a busy spring.

Today Portland Cello Project’s Skip vonKuske is in the Artichoke Music Café with me. That’s not the only ensemble he’s involved with. He has lots of projects and after we’re ...

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May 22, 2020

Celebrating World Goth Day with “My Summer as a Goth” film composer Jana Cushman

By ANA AMMANN // Talking about music supervision and film scoring with Jana Cushman of Darkswoon on World Goth Day. Download the My Summer as a Goth Motion Picture Soundtrack on Bandcamp today.

Noting that Goths tend to shy away from the limelight, DJ Cruel Brittania “accidentally engineered” the first World Goth Day in the UK, when he encouraged followers to publicly embrace who ...

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Apr 6, 2020

Sammy Hagar & The Circle: Won't Get Fooled Again

By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Crank it up with this terrific Who cover

Who says you can't make great music during a lockdown? Sammy Hagar & The Circle hooked up over the net to record an in-your-face cover of the Who classic Won't Get Fooled Again. Crank the volume ...

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Mar 27, 2020

Bob Dylan: Murder Most Foul

By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Epic ballad recounts JFK assassination

Bob Dylan released his first new song today in nearly a decade, a haunting, epic ballad detailing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The release was a surprise in music circles and ...

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Mar 12, 2020

Size 85 High Tops’ “Someplace Else Maybe,” off of their forthcoming album, Rev It Up? / Premiere

Portland's Size 85 High Tops’ forthcoming album, Rev It Up (In Music We Trust Records), fuses power pop, prog, acid-folk, and country

We are told: Portland’s Size 85 High Tops’ forthcoming album, Rev It Up (In Music We Trust Records), fuses power pop, prog, acid-folk, and country to deliver a dark and lovely ...

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