Portland'5 Centers for the Arts presents Kathryn Claire and Big Bridges on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm, as part of the free Music on Main summer concert series. ABOUT KATHRYN CLAIRE
Kathryn Claire exhibits a charisma and grace on stage which is matched only by her truly unique voice and rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. She has spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Strong fundamentals from her classical and traditional music background combined with an innate ability to improvise has made her a favorite at venues, festivals and institutions around the world. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, India, Holland, Belgium and France. ABOUT BIG BRIDGES
Big Bridges is the brainchild of Japanese rock guitarist Takashi O'hashi in collaboration with musicians in Portland, Oregon. Their new record Will To Ascend features music composed by O’hashi with lead vocals and lyrics written by songwriters Casey Neill and Kathryn Claire. Bassist Allen Hunter and drummers Derek Brown and Joe Trump formed the rhythm section for the recording sessions. This January, they toured Japan debuting the new music in venues packed by Takashi’s devoted fan base. Kathryn, Casey, and Allen all lived in Japan for parts of their childhoods and have toured there with their various musical projects. The songs carry a thematic thread of international travel and relocation that echoes the cross cultural nature of the band.
While visiting Portland in 2011, Takashi performed at A Concert to Benefit Mercy Corps in Japan at The Secret Society and the idea for the project began. After the other musicians joined on and a few demos were completed, Takashi relocated to Portland in 2013 and work began in earnest. The CD was produced by Takashi and Patrick Brewer who also engineered. Jenny Conlee-Drizos of The Decemberists and Black Prairie adds piano on one song ‘The Mission’. After three years of tracking and preparation, the record is finished and ready to be heard.
Will to Ascend features nine of Takashi’s songs with lyrics written and sung by Neill, and one ‘Where We Started’ featuring lead vocals by Claire with lyrics she co-wrote with Hunter. The live show includes some of each musician’s solo material as well as select covers. Big Bridges will be touring Japan in November 2016. ABOUT MUSIC ON MAIN
The Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and the ArtBar & Bistro are proud to present the 11th Annual Music on Main outdoor concert series from July 6 to September 7, 2016. The free concerts are held in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway & Park Avenue, next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
On Wednesday evenings starting in July, Portland’5 takes advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present the free outdoor concert series. The concerts feature popular local and regional musicians playing a diverse collection of music.
The 2016 series features country, jazz, blues and world music including North Indian bhangra and cumbia music. The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar & Bistro will be serving seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30pm. Tables are reserved for food and beverage patrons and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Music on Main is made possible through the generous support of these fine sponsors: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Kim Crawford Wines, Trinchero Family Estates, Bridgeport Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Young’s Market Company, Columbia Distributing, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Willamette Week, and 97.1 Charlie FM.
*Performers subject to change. In case of rain or extreme heat, Music on Main concerts will be held in the rotunda lobby of Antoinette Hatfield Hall, located next to Main Street at 1111 SW Broadway Ave., Portland, Oregon 97205.
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