For those not already in the know, Willamette Week and Holocene have teamed up to throw FREE quarterly music events highlighting the diverse and up-and-coming musicians and producers that are under the radar and on the rise in the Portland music scene. This Sunday marks the next installment of the series and features St. Johns hip hop luminary Mic Capes, lo-fi RnB/Soul chanteuse Brown Alice, jazzy dream-pop duo Ellis Pink, and DJ/Producer and hip hop/RnB vocalist Fritzwa.
With his epic 19-track album Concrete Dreams released this past September, Mic Capes tackles social issues head-on and raps with the fierceness of a man fighting for survival. Capes was voted by local music insiders as one of Portland’s top-10 artists in the Willamette Week’s 2016 Best New Band poll, and Concrete Dreams was selected as one of the best 11 local releases by Eleven PDX Magazine.
Brown Alice joins the lineup more from the under-the-radar side of Portland’s music scene, but don’t let that fool you into thinking she’s not about to break out. Her 2016 mixtape Lower Than Lo Fi, is an experimental bedroom-exploration of RnB, and showcases her powerfully soulful vocals and earworm melodies.
Dream-Pop duo Ellis Pink are a relatively new addition to the Portland scene, but they’ve hit the ground running and grind harder than a vast majority of their contemporaries. Certainly no stranger to Holocene’s stage over the past year, the duo has shared bills with nationally/internationally renowned acts such as Cloud Control, Beaty Heart, The Hugs and more.
Kicking off the night, Fritzwa’s powerful vocals and funky hip hop and RnB stylings make her right at home with the likes of superstars Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige or Lady Wray. Her 2016 release Avenue |A| seems to have gone largely under the radar, though it’s our strong opinion that people are about to catch on.