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Portland Black Music Festival announces a funky lineup

 Funk-filled festival on Sunday, September 11 at the Mission Theater. Here's the lineup!

Brainchild of Farnell Newton, Tony Ozier and DJ O.G. One, and first announced in April the First Portland Black Music Festival has announced it's lineup. The festival will take place on Sunday, September 11 at McMenamin's Mission Theater




Her vocal stylings have been influenced by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Whitney Houston and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. She has toured with Prince as a member of the New Power Generation, and has also toured with the amazing Liv Warfield, with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, The Arsenio Hall show, and Late night with David Letterman. 


Rasheed Jamal produces a transformative brand of music based mostly on his experiences growing up in Central Arkansas then moving to the Pacific Northwest. His music represents the vast spectrum of thought and innovation that his generation represents. He also manages to acknowledge his roots while pushing the envelop with each release.


“To increase awareness thru the power of words and music,” perfectly describe the mission of the artist known as Madgesdiq (Ma-jes-tic) a.k.a. Antoine Terrell. This former basketball prodigy, who out of Portland’s Jesuit High School received a full ride scholarship and attended Georgetown University before transferring to and graduating from the University of Oregon has since crossed over, (no pun intended), and now uses his life experiences, his passion for writing and love of music to enrich the lives of others


Rochelle D. Hart aka Ro Deezy is an Award-nominated author, activist and spoken word legend, Rochell D. “Ro Deezy” Hart. The author of seven published books, including the official biography of Portland Trailblzer’s DJ David William “O.G. One” Jackson; that book is titled “The Man Behind The Music: The Life and Times of …”


When it comes to making good music there are certain key components that make the music. Time, feel, groove and pulse are all part of what makes the drummer important to the sound.

In 2004, Tyrone relocated to Portland, Oregon where he expanded his repertoire, adding elements of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, and Americana. As a constant student of the art of drumming and music, he gives back to the music community through drum clinics, and giving lessons to up and comers.

Listen to the OMN Coffeeshop Conversation with Tyronre.


Few people in the music world can boast of the richly diverse cultural and musical background that has shaped both Patrick Seraya’s life and music. Born in Congo, Patrick began his musical journey at the age of seven, learning from many great guitar players in the Kinshasa area. Over the years, he both lived in and traveled through various African countries before finally moving to the United States as a young man.


This up and coming singer/songwriter, found her musical inspiration and influences through artists such as Lauryn Hill, Anita Baker, Beyoncé’, CeCe Winans, Brandy, just to name a few. Kimberly loves to write and deems it to be a therapeutic process combined with lovely melodies, and feels that it is good for the soul. In November 2012, Kimberly released her independent debut single “I’m Sorry.” and most recently the BeSpeak Love compilation featuring some of the Pacific Northwests best R&B, Jazz, and Soul artists and musicians.


Bassist Andre St. James is a cornerstone of the rich, thriving Pacific Northwest jazz scene and works regularly with his own quintet, the Andre St. James/Roger Woods nonet, Mel Brown, Dan Balmer, among others. One of the best-known and most respected figures of Portland’s jazz scene. St. James first came through Oregon in 1979 (on tour with the San Francisco-based Gregory James Quartet), liked what he saw and soon after relocated to the Eugene area and eventually to Portland (in 1986).


Terrance Scott better known by his stage name Cool Nutz, is an American rapper, radio personality, entrepreneur, tour manager and record label owner. He is the epitome of creativity and professionalism. He has been recognized by The Source, Spin, XXL, Murderdog, Showcase, XLR8R, and many more national and local publications.



Heady and passionate emcee Mic Capes, whose real name Michael Caples, is also from Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood. His 2012 debut Rise & Grind was strong and soulful — do yourself a favor and listen to “Wake Up” immediately — and he’s been teasing his sophomore project Concrete Dreams with some loose bangers.

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