The Melting Pot on 12/11/12
This Tuesday 12.11.12 I will speak with TOR about his new release Drum Therapy on Loci Records. Ill also be touching base with Love & Light about their latest release and Their upcoming performance at the 2012 Portland's Masquerade Ball. Find out all about the event and win tickets 8-10pm. Stay in touch with The Melting Pot showsnew releases and free tickets by "liking" THE MELTING POT's Facebook Page
Tor was raised in a small mountain town on Canada's west coast where he started experimenting with music production as a teenager. He further honed his skills while living in Australia, running a small recording studio and remixing some prominent Australian producers. He later produced the Sufjan Stevens hip hop mashup album 'Illinoize', which garnered a lot of critical and audience acclaim.
Now based in Vancouver and inspired by the positive feedback he received from his previous projects, he decided to finally produce the album he had been wanting to make for almost 10 years: 'Drum Therapy'. It combines layers of downtempo melodic beats, organic instrumentation, and the unmistakable sounds of dusty samples. For the album, Tor mined everything from 60’s Italian film scores and long-lost Turkish psych records, to Celtic folk hymns, exotic eastern instruments and deep south gospel. He also played many of the non-sampled elements himself, and treated the sounds to give them the warmth & texture he had always wanted the album to have.
Tor is the first artist signed to Emancipator’s newly minted label ‘Loci Records’, and is continuing to perform live after adapting his music for multiple festival performances over the summer of 2012.
"One night to unmask the passion within us all"
This year's entertainment includes:
In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way – rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab’s often “tongue-twisting”, multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel’s “classic” beats.
::Love And Light::
Comprised of the musical talents of Matt Madonna and Ryan Anderson, Love and Light hails from the high desert region of Reno/Tahoe Basin. Creating music that will touch your hear and elevate your soul, the duo's primary focus is the uplifiting of people across the world through pure intention, melodic synth lines, complex chord structures, intricate rhythms, and funky, chunky bass lines.
JUST PEOPLE are the dedicated offspring of a generation of movers and shakers. Take the eloquence of Bob Dylan, mixed with the sheer power of Led Zeppelin, add a dash of The Beatles and for a nice after taste throw in some Talking Heads. The result is best described by Darcy Wallace of the Oregon Voice: “JUST PEOPLE are tough to pin down, but damn it, it just sounds so good.”
One of the premier hip hop acts in the NW, Marv Ellis is the quintessential show man and entertainer. He laces intelligent, well crafted lyrics with fresh beats to create a musical landscape that will activate your body and mind.
Mr. Wu is a DJ, designer, promoter, screen printer, and ninja that stealthily commands the west coast. Whether shaking dance floors or making mixtapes, Mr. Wu's multi genre DJ sets are sure to take the listener on a sonic journey. Find him mixing music and slangin' Rythmatix clothing all over Oregon and beyond.
With Special Guests Including:
Stilt Walkers and Ambiant Performers:
Jpeace Love Circus
A Special Aerialist Performance by: Sara T Hill
ShadowPlay: A new performance movement incorporating LED lights and silhouette dancing within a custom built shadowbox.
Professional bellydancing by Bridgetown Revue: www.bridgetownrevue.net
Interactive photo booth by Da Booth: www.DaBooth.org
Live Audio & Video Recording by Audio Globe: www.AudioGlobe.com
Professional lighting by JG Lighting and Design:
Photography by Kyer Wiltshire: www.KyerWiltshire.com
Stage Design by SparklingSpats Productions and Will Platt.
Fabric Design by the Aruniverse
Poster Art by Clint Grierson: www.PointZeroProduction.ne
A special thank you to all of our sponsors!
Jim Beam Devils Cut: www.JimBeam.com/devils-cut
Deschutes Brewery: www.DeschutesBrewery.com
Kboo Community Radio: www.Kboo.fm
M Executive Car: www.mcarcompany.com
We are proud to announce that this years Masquerade Ball is a benefit for the Raphael House, an NPO that has been fighting domestic violence in PDX since 1977. For more information check out www.RaphaelHouse.com
Masquerade Ball attire is strongly recommended!
Dress to Impress!
Doors open at 8:30
Early Bird: $20
For tickets and more information visit:
Based in Portland, Oregon; Sara is a professional aerial dancer and committed teacher. She has perform all over the country with a wide variety of artists such as The Wanderlust Circus, AMP Theater, Aerial Dance Over Denver, Volunteers of America, her former duo Elevated Arts,and various festivals.
" I strive to emphasize a blend of choreography , grace, strength , and personal flare in every movement. Dance not only teaches one body awareness, it inspires the soul and heals the mind."
Catch this masked angel performing on her silks during Blackalicious on the night of! Woo! Woo!