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John Waters: His Christmas show returns to the Aladdin Tuesday, November 30 at the Aladdin, Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music#321

11/18/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // John Waters returns with his "John Waters Christmas" show at the Aladdin Theater Tuesday, November 30 and he has lots to say about it.


Boone Johnson of Moon and Bike: Ambient meets Americana / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #319

11/11/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // A new duo made up of guys who have been playing together for decades. Moon and Bike combine acoustic and electric guitars. The gigs are starting to happen. Next one is Friday, December ...


Photo by Inger Klekacz

Reed Wallsmith: Blue Cranes make a masterpiece / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #318

11/04/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // After a long wait, the new Blue Cranes album is out and it's magnificent. Individual vocal collaborations. Reed Wallsmith talks about it. Track at the end.


Shawn Levy : Poems inspired by obituaries./ Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music # 317

10/28/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Shawn Levy's new book is called A Year in the Life of Death: Poems Inspired by the Obituary Pages of the New York Times. He'll read a few during our conversation.


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Doug Smith: The Return of Acoustic Guitar Summit / Coffeeshop Conversations #316

10/21/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // After a year's absence, Acoustic Guitar Summit is back for their traditional holiday concerts. Our guest Doug Smith, plus Terry Robb and Mark Hanson.


Stephanie Strange (and the Familiars) have a new album. Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #315

10/14/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // New music from Strange and the Familiars and just how Strange are they? Listen to "Pie" after the conversation.


EXCLUSIVE: Jim Brunberg: Live music, where we stand + a new Wonderly album / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #314

10/07/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // ECLUSIVE: Jim Brunberg, club/concert venue owner/musician/composer and activist in the movement to save our music venues talks about the state of live music in Oregon. Also hear a track ...


Mary - Sue Tobin: Catching up, Quads, albums, concerts / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #313

09/30/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Saxophonist Mary-Sue Tobin was our first guest here 7 years ago. Let's find out what's new with her, the Quadraphonnes and lots more.


Sappho helps birth new queer dance label: Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #312

09/23/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // DJ Sappho talks about the new queer dance music label she and Damon Boucher have just launched.


Bobby Torres: Playing on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #311

09/16/2021 | 1 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Released in 1970 Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen album was an instant classic. Portland's Bobby Torres was in the band. Listen to him reveal some of the backstory.


David Vest: 2 new Blues albums, both very different / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #310

09/09/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Oregon favorite turned Canadian, Bluesman David Vest has two new albums, both live, all Blues but very different. Find out how and hear a version of Mystery Train that'll surprise you.


Ken DeRouchie band at Goodfoot Lounge / OMN s 10th Anniversary party / Photo by Brent Angelo

Goodfoot's Neil Leeborg on survival tactics amid daily changes. Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #309

09/02/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // With the virus changing our plans what seems like weekly, let's hear from Neil Leeborg, the co-owner of the Goodfoot Lounge, on what he has to do in order to keep bringing us the music.


Cecil Taylor and Gary Giddins: The long-ago night I interviewed them on the radio / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #308

08/27/2021 | 3 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // One night in March of 1990, I did a phoner on the radio with Cecil Taylor and Gary Giddins, both giants. Taylor for his music, Giddins for his music journalism and I was along for the ...


Noah Kite: Chamber Folk and a new album / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #307

08/19/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Noah Kite calls what he does "Chamber Folk." Find out what it is and all about his new album, Drunk Lil Guy, our this week.


Ryan Meagher: All about the 2021 Montavilla Jazz Festival / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #305

08/11/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Everything you want to know about the 2021 Montavilla Jazz Festival, August 20-22 from guitarist/composer/co-curator Ryan Meagher.


Mary and yours truly.

Mary Flower: A new song and a new festival (now postponed): Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #305

08/04/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Mary Flower performs a new song about the pandemic and talks about the just-postponed Artichoke Music Summerfest coming August 26-29.


Derek Sims: Trumpeter, composer, educator steps back into Jazztronica. Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #304

07/29/2021 | 1 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Derek Sims co-wrote and performed our theme music, Ghost Jazz with Keith Schreiner. The educator part of his life takes up most of his time but he's been dipping his toe in ...


Galen Clark: Outer Orbit to Trio Subtonic / Coffeeshop Conversations at Artichoke Music #303

07/23/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Galen Clark of Outer Orbit, Trio Subtonic and other ensembles talks about juggling multiple bands and emerging from the pandemIc.


Summer of Soul: OMN National Editor Art Levine on the best music documentary ever / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music # 302

07/14/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // A music documentary that makes you cry? Questlove's "Summer of Soul" is the perfect blend of music and context. Listen to Art Levine and Tom talk about it.


Stephanie Schneiderman and Tony Furtado: Video episode / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #301

07/08/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Video episode -- Stephanie Schneiderman and Tony Furtado married to each other and the music. With performances in the Artichoke Cafe.


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