Listen in Portland: live music at One Motorcycle Show, Sotaé at May’s Thesis and Yasss! Lizzo is coming to PDX – Blogtown


Lizzo on stage at SXSW 2022. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

They say April showers bring Mayflowers, and Portland music fans – so patient in the rain – are now seeing a bunch of great music scene developments in late April and early May. This week we celebrate live music lineup from One Moto Show, Sotaé headlining May’s edition of The Thesis, and a new live EP from Portland jazz trio Integer. More! Rap/soul sensation Lizzo is hosting her special Moda Center tour this fall! Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, April 29! Ah!

Two can’t miss upcoming shows.

A motorcycle show

With a bevy of motorcycles and motorcycle builders as well as a mall full of art, tattoo booths, helmets and other gear, One Moto ’22 makes it a must for motorcycle enthusiasts. However, in addition to welding demos and stunt shows, there’s also a plethora of enticing musical acts lined up: the lineup covers everything from apocalyptic cowgirl tunes by Roselit Bone to psych/garage rock by The Shivas. . Prince tribute band Erotic City, punk metal masters Hög, hard rock bangers Danava and psych funk folks Tricky Thing also grace the stage. And don’t sleep on food and drink at this event. One Moto has enlisted some of the hottest names in the Portland food scene, like Magna Kusina, Flying Fish and Nico’s Ice Cream, to support their foodie fans for days of fun. (Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1, 9 a.m., Zidell Barge Building, 2020 SW 4th Ste #600, schedule here, tickets here)

The Thesis: Sotaè, Marki$ Apollo, Snoogz, KNDRX, Verbz

The long-running first Thursday hip-hop night, The Thesis continues their streak with another stellar showcase in May. This month, they shine the spotlight on rapper, singer-songwriter and rising star of the local hip-hop/R&B scene Sotaé, who has drawn crowds for his collaborations with other artists based in Portland like Fountaine on the exciting “Lil B” and soul singer Veana Baby on the sweet and sultry “Honey Dip” and “Wake Up.” As well as being a great opportunity to experience Sotaé live, this month’s thesis also features sets from trap-influenced rapper Marki $Apollo from Dallas to Portland, fellow Portland rapper and collaborator of Vinnie Dewayne, Snoogz, and hip-hop artist KNDRX (FKA Cory Kendrix) – who is currently on tour in support of his recent project Okra. And don’t overlook the loyal welcome of DJ Verbz. (Thursday, May 5, 9 p.m., Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington, $15-20, tickets here)

A great new release from a locally relevant artist.

Live at Blue Butler StudiosEntire

On April 15, Portland acoustic jazz trio Integer released a new self-titled live EP, following their other self-titled EP from last year and 2019. Entire [x]. Recorded by Andrew Jones at the Southeast Portland Recording Studio, the live trio of pianist/composer Todd Marston, acoustic bassist Andrew Jones and drummer Micah Hummel kicks off with an extremely dark, drum-driven “Drawing In.” piano. “Hurry Up & Wait” is more upbeat and lets Hummel’s light beats shine through, creating a nice chillhop-esque background noise. Listen to the full EP below:

Some upcoming music buzz to put on your radar.


Making her seventh visit to Rose City in the past six years, Lizzo is coming to Portland (again) on November 4, this time with special guest/Georgian rapper Latto! In support of her upcoming special album, this tour – dubbed The Special Tour – will see the singer/rapper/flautist take to Moda’s center stage to perform a setlist of mega-hits. We’re expecting recent singles like “About Damn Time” and the ultra-vulnerable, viral title track. Because I love youhits like “Truth Hurts” and “Juice”. Then we also greedily demand some of the previous self-care anthems like “Coconut Oil” and “Water Me.” In recent years, Lizzo has performed at various venues, from Doug Fir, Roseland and Wonder Ballroom to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Edgefield, so it only makes sense that she can finally kill off a massive audience at the Rose Quarter. If you are part of the pre-sales, the tickets are already on sale. Everyone else, get ready to get your tickets tomorrow, Friday, April 29, at 10 a.m.! For an exciting taste of what to expect at a Lizzo concert (party vibes! Happy twerking!), check out her recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, where she was also the musical guest.


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