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Join the OMN 10th Anniversary Celebration - Sunday, Oct 20th at the Goodfoot / Free

Join OMN staff and contributors to celebrate 10 years of supporting the local music scene! Ken DeRouchie Band, Arietta Ward and Metts, Ryan and Collins. Free at the Goodfoot Lounge 5-9pm, Sunday, October 20

This month we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of OMN!

To celebrate this milestone, we invite you to join us for an evening of fun, funk and friendship on Sunday, October 20th, from 5-9 p.m. at The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark St, Portland. (21+)  And it's FREE!

The party kicks off with a DJ set by OMN Editor-in-Chief and KMHD host, Tom D’Antoni, and continues with performances by Arietta Ward (Rip City Soul Funk Diva), Metts, Ryan and Collins (Portland Power Blues Rock) and Ken DeRouchie Band (Funk Soul R&B).


Referred to as the "1st Daughter of Funk and R&B" as well as the “Rip City Soul Funk Diva”, Arietta Ward, aka "Mz. Etta" is a definitely a force to be recognized. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Arietta is the daughter of NW Music Royalty, the late Janice Marie Scroggins. 

Arietta doesn’t define herself by any particular genre. Some would call her Neo-Soul/Blues, others Funk, and still others R&B. However, Arietta is more focused on content and the responsibility that she believes every artist has. “Be mindful of how you deliver. Be mindful of your intent while delivering your messages. When you open your mouth – always hold that intent in the highest positive vibration possible. Artists are healers, music has healing power. Music is sacred.”

Mz. Etta has assembled some of the finest musical artisans to help her spread joy and happiness through an amazing performance you will not forget.

Watch Arietta Ward perform “Sometimes” at the 2019 Portland Waterfront Blues Festival


If your idea of a real rock band for the 21st century is one that blends the swagger and bluesy elements of classic bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie, alongside more recent bands like The White Stripes, Black Keys and Rival Sons, then you will love the power trio from Portland Oregon – Metts Ryan & Collins.

The band are: Geoff Metts - Vocals/Guitar, Dain Ryan - Bass/Vocals and Mike Collins - Drums/Vocals.  Each are veterans of the Portland music scene and can boast an impressive list of individual accomplishments.  Metts is an owner of Five Star Guitar and member of Western Aerial; Ryan is one of the hardest working musicians in town also performing with Stone in Love, Ants in the Kitchen and Dirty Little Fingers; Collins has his own studio project, Rooftop Screamers, and has worked with notable artists such as Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Lisa Germano (John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, David Bowie) and just about every other major Portland artist you can think of.

Together the trio have created a buzz in the Pacific Northwest playing sold-out shows and featured performances on music showcases. Their song “Oregon” has been featured during the home games of the NBA team The Portland Trailblazers.

Watch “Light Horizon” by Metts Ryan & Collins


Five time Muddy Award nominee for Best R&B act, the Ken DeRouchie band is a Soul/R&B/Funk/Blues band from Portland Oregon. The band features a crisp horn section and a tight rhythm section, performing original music written by Ken DeRouchie as well as a few handpicked twists on classic tunes.

Influences for the band include everything from Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Koko Taylor, Steely Dan, Jill Scott and Galactic. KDB has had the pleasure of opening for such national acts as Cheap Trick, Blood Sweat and Tears, Curtis Salgado, Robben Ford, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Mary Wilson and the Supremes.

The Ken DeRouchie Band puts on a HIGH-OCTANE, Soul, R&B and Blues fueled live show. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a world class live music experience. This will be the party of the year!

Watch “This Too Shall Pass” by Ken DeRouchie Band at KINK Skype Live Studios

Come raise a glass to the past 10 years with us!  No cover. Food and drinks available for purchase at The Goodfoot. 21+



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