The original live karaoke band, rocking in Portland for 23 years and counting. Come see us every Monday at Dante's!
“WHO’S THE ROSS?” is a late-night talk show performing every Tuesday night at Dante’s in downtown Portland, Oregon, hosted by actor/comedian Aaron Ross. The program has been running for eight years, logging 650 performances in that time.
FOR MORE INFO on WTR: http://whostheross.com
From the Basement Series! At Dantes!
"Bringing you only the raddest local bands for only $1 a band! Every first thursday!"
Come hang for our first installment on June 1st with the likes of
- COOL SCHMOOL https://coolschmool.bandcamp.com/releases
- MERINGUE https://meringuepdx.bandcamp.com/releases
- VEXATIONS http://www.vexations.net/
Doors at 8pm
Show at 9pm
Attendance is mandatory for this monster of a summer kickoff party y'all!!!
Igor Yuzov was born in Germany, raised in Ukraine and studied in Russia. He grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music was the norm and rock'n'roll was illegal. A rebellious streak, however, led him to seek out the forbidden music. As soon as it became possible, Igor left Russia for America with his “Folk'n'Roll" band Limpopo and was personally greeted by Ronald Reagan. In 1993, Limpopo won Ed McMahon's Star Search and their popularity began to blossom. In 1995, Igor dreamed that Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock'n'roll. Igor and his Russian friends became Red Elvises and gave street performances on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade. As their crowds grew larger, the City of Santa Monica ordered them to discontinue their street performances. Evolving over the years, Igor’s music has been labeled "Siberian Surf Rock” which contains humorous lyrics and grooves that forces his audience to dance. Over the past 20 years, Red Elvises have constantly toured all over the world with occasional breaks to record new music and to participate in film and television projects.
As an independent band, Red Elvises have produced 12 studio albums, two live albums, a live concert DVD, and a Greatest Hits compilation. Some of their most notable film contributions include music and or performances in “Six String Samurai”, “Mail Order Bride”, “Armageddon”, “Skippy”, “Melrose Place”, “Fastlane", “Penn and Teller's Sin City Extravaganza”, “VH-1 Behind the Music”, and “MTV”. Red Elvises have performed for large festivals, private parties, and played on massive stages such as 2005's Live 8 Benefit Concert. No matter where they perform, Igor & Red Elvises always bring the party with them.
For more biographical information about Red Elvises, order or download the book “Igor and the Red Elvises” by Marla J. Selvidge.
COME JOIN the PRE-PARTY at DANTE'S from 4-7pm celebrating ELVIS: GRAND MARSHALL of the STARLIGHT PARADE and a regular fixture at DANTE'S on 3rd and Burnside. FREE ADMISSION! 21+.
From the Church of Elvis to the Starlight Parade...Portland’s own Elvis — the iconic street performer with a cardboard guitar — is selected Grand Marshal for the 2017 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade, Saturday June 3. The Festival informed Elvis and his fans at a special karaoke performance at DANTE'S on Monday night. The Starlight Parade — which forms and starts in Elvis’s ‘hood’ in the lower Burnside Old Town area — will feature for the first time a crowd pleasing member of the community that represents the fabric of the city’s unique and weird celebration of life.
“Portland’s Elvis (John Schroder) has been an institution to the fine City of Roses, for as long as I can remember,” says Tres Shannon co-owner Voodoo Doughnuts. “Saturday Market, The Church of Elvis, a fixture at The X-Ray Cafe, Satyricon, Dantes and just the streets of downtown. I think Elvis totally and completely sums up all of what is a quirky, scary, and fun, about Portland, Oregon. He is a perfect conduit to the new Portland from the old Portland.”
John “Elvis” Schroder grew popular with the rise of the short lived Church of Elvis from 1985 through 1995. He would hang out near the coin operated novelty museum/art gallery on SW Ankeny Street created by Stephanie G. Pierce. Playing his trademark cardboard guitar, Elvis serenaded passersby daily. Shannon first met Elvis at the “WHERE’S the ART?” event in 1986. “He was a wonderful addition to our weird and wacky crew. I’ve seen him countless times performing doing everything from Elvis to ‘Darth Elvis’ and performing with a live band, solo, and recording studios.” The band loves him and the crowd loves him.”
According to Shannon, Elvis has been a fixture around Voodoo Doughnuts since they opened in 2003. Elvis — who can still be seen on the streets performing — has a new music CD out called “57 FANS CAN’T BE WRONG – The GREATEST HITS OF ELVIS!” He also released a Christmas 45.
Watch for Elvis in the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade is Saturday, June 3, 2017 as he becomes the first Rose Festival Grand Marshal to travel the new parade route on SW Washington and 12th Avenue.
Rachel Lark is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music has been featured on The Savage Lovecast and Salon.com and she tours regularly throughout the U.S. and Europe.
In 2014 she released her debut EP, "I Wouldn't Worry," followed by her first full-length album, "Lark After Dark," and her Christmas album, "Hung For The Holidays." In 2015 she successfully funded a music video and new album through a Kickstarter campaign and released her music video, "Warm, Bloody, and Tender" in August of 2015. The video was featured in several film festivals including Sacramento Horror Film Festival and Cinekink. Her album, Vagenius, was released in October of 2015.
An up-and-coming San Francisco artist with a die-hard cult following, Rachel Lark has quickly become the musical muse of the sex-positive revolution. Her music is always lyrically based with a strong foundation of passionate songwriting, while the timbres vary depending on the performance. Sometimes she's bantering with the crowd over some ukulele plucking, and at other times she'll be behind her laptop and synthesizers creating dance beats to accompany her layered vocal harmonies.
In July 2016 Lark was signed with not a cult and is currently putting together a band and creating her first full-length studio album.
Voted by BURLESQUE MAGAZINE as one of the Top 10 Burlesque shows in the USA!
A sinful circus of burlesque, fire-dancing, DJs & debauchery. Every Sunday night for 16 years...the longest-running weekly cabaret show on the west coast!
Shawn James & The Shapeshifters are a 4 piece heavy blues rock band from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Their brand of hard hitting electrified dirty delta blues rock combined with Shawn's soulfully roaring vocals make for an intense listening experience whether playing the records or seeing them live.
With their busy tour schedule, you can catch them playing festivals and shows all over the world or hear their music featured on Discovery Channel, NBC, and other media platforms.
They've continuously gained momentum every year since they formed in 2013 and show no signs of slowing down.
Afrolicious has established itself as both one of the most legendary weekly parties in San Francisco, and of the top live/electronic bands on the scene. Started as a weekly dance party featuring DJ’s and brothers Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz alongside percussionists, MC’s and horn players, and an amazing crowd from day one. Over the years it has evolved as founding DJ/Producer Pleausremaker (Joe McGuire) alongside brother Señor Oz (Oz McGuire) hooked up with some of the most exciting personalities in the Bay Area music scene and started writing original music under the alias Afrolicious.
Around 2010 the live Pleasuremaker band started including some of this new ‘Afrolicious’ material and added more of the percussionists and vocalists from the weekly party to form what is now the Afrolicious band. Between their weekly party and sound system shows that involve the brothers DJing alongside live percussion, they also have a 8-12 piece live band that emphasizes the organic elements, instrumentation, and energy of a live ensemble combined with club heavy beats and textures the weekly party has come to be known for. Afrolicious band and sound system have performed at such legendary venues as Red Rocks, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Electric Forest Festival, Snow Globe, Burningman, Sea of Dreams, The Independent, Great American Music Hall, Elbo Room in San Francsico (5 plus years weekly residency), Cielo, Nublu, Bembe, Zanzibar, Silent Frisco.
Afrolicious has played alongside such artists as Thievery Corporation, Jimmy Cliff, Fishbone, Balkan Beat Box, Rob Garza, Novalima, The Pimps of Joytime, Nickodemus, Johnny Osbourne, See-I, Ghostland Observatory, Beats Antique, J.Boogie, and DJ Smash.
Afrolicious remixes and original productions can be found on labels such as ESL Music, Six Degrees Records, Akwaaba Music, Bagpak Music and more.