A night of awesome Portland bands, featuring AFRiCAN DUNDADA, AKELA MOON, Viva & The Reinforcements, SOLNJHA (of Mystic Vibes?), Papa Tim & The Desperate Man’s Blues Explosion.
Mark Otim, more notably known as African Dundada, is a renaissance man who passionately evokes an awakened state within making a path of least resistance towards an acknowledgment of Higher Self consciousness for the betterment of others through his music, activism, and philanthropy. Hailing from South Sudan, Africa, Mark Otim was born to the Acholi tribe Pajok- a community in Eastern Equatoria state of South Sudan, 24 miles south of Magwi- near the border of Uganda. M.O. is no stranger to hardships spending his formative years in a refugee camp when his parents, eight brother's and sister's fled to Uganda. Meanwhile, his father courageously traveled to Kenya to find a more permanent living solution for his beloved family. M.O. morphed into African Dundada during these eight years only knowing life in this camp. Distinct reflection and recollection of those times of despair and hunger keeps the embers white hot to manifest his fire for music- synonymous for helping those in need.
AKELA MOON is an original musical project based out of Portland, ME. We blend diverse elements of soul, funk, rock, afrobeat, latin & hip hop into a unique sound. Made up of an experienced group of musicians, many of us have played together before in numerous projects (including the long-standing project THE BEAT HORIZON), our roster allows our music to go in many different directions.
Viva & The Reinforcements deliver spicy cosmopolitan grooves in a show that balances the zest of burlesque with classic standards elegantly renewed. She likes her coffee black, her tequila neat, her men strong and her women stronger. Backed by an ever-changing fleet of the jazz elite, she'll slide her way into your fondest memories with just a flick of her hips. Always thrilling, never the same show twice.
As a small child, Viva was exposed to a robust variety of music (from Cuban son to 90s pop to chamber orchestra to the Great American Songbook) and made her stage debut with musical theatre in high school. She began singing with a small jazz combo at 21 years old and directed her first performance a year later. After some time in studio and abroad, Viva assembled an elite team of jazz musicians for the premiere of Viva & the Reinforcements. Since then, the group has played hundreds of sparkling events, each different than the last in set list, instrumentation, and costume design in dozens of cities across the continents.
Roots reggae songwriter Dequhn aka SolNjha of Mystic Vibes.
Led by vocal powerhouse Papa Tim - a wildly enthusiastic entertainer and soulful balladeer with a voice described as "equal parts Baptist Preacher and Bluesman" and backed by a " personal supergroup" of area-based musicians, the 'Desperate Man's Blues Explosion!' brings their incredible amount of talent and musical prowess to the stage with a selection of original jams & some twists on a few popular favorites that are guaranteed to have everyone in the audience clapping, dancing, moving and grooving right along!!
7pm doors – 8pm show | $10 adv. – $12 day of