Steve Barton at Robin Road

Not all roads lead to Robin Road. But happily, a road did lead Translator’s lead voice and instigator, Steve Barton, to my door.   The Palette Cleansers of Music, Emotion and Irony   Little bit of music history here that takes it back to the richness and diversity of the 80’s scenes. And beyond. I […]

Meet Heart Hunters

Brianna McGeehan and Drew de Man have both tried several different lives on for size. Globally, locally, and now most recently have settled into Atlanta, Georgia. What else is new? Plenty for these two!

Robert Wynia at Robin Road

There have been fully a dozen records from Portland band Floater, led by Robert Wynia. Now comes a second solo effort from Robert which is, by turns, transcendent, mind-blowing, existential, and down to earth. BRAVE THE STRANGE     It’s been said about Robert, that he is no stranger to deep self-examination. No surprise, that is how much […]

Bradford Loomis at Robin Road

My long time pal, Redwood Son, is in Portland for spring flings and other serious things. So of course, we had to get together before the sometimes Nashville cat heads back. Turns out I was in for a treat. He asked me if I was up for meeting a “dude”. A “big bear of a guy”, […]

John Doe: Balancing the Life

Not easy when you are a punk hero and an underdog. Lots to live up to. But John Doe has managed. Plus kept up the legendary X. And written a Grammy-nominated book. Double dog dare YOU. The Portland show is SO.   Learned A Few Things Along The Way   John promised he and Exene […]

The Accidental Jimmy Mak

Jimmy says it all happened “almost accidentally”. The club, the success he had with it in our community. Thanks in part to inspiration his dad offered Jimmy. And the inspiration, in turn, Jimmy offered to musicians in Portland. Full circle. His passion and open heart will continue to live in OUR hearts.   Jimmy Makarounis As […]