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SOLD OUT: Leonard Cohen: A Tribute
The Old Church Concert Hall
Portland, OR
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SOLD OUT: Leonard Cohen: A Tribute
A special candle lit homage to Leonard Cohen with performances by Portland musicians Amanda Richards, Eric Stern, Will West, Anna Hoone, Santi Elijah Holley, Anna Fritz plus many more. Proceeds to benefit the Jeremy Wilson Foundation.

$10 Advance/ $15 Day of Show

All Ages Show - Bar with I.D.

Leonard Norman Cohen(September 21, 1934 - November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and painter. Cohen was inducted into both theCanadian Music Hall of Fameand theCanadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,as well as theRock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of theOrder of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received thePrince of Asturias Awardfor literature and the ninthGlenn Gould Prize.

Leonard Cohen was a novelist who abandoned a promising literary career to become one of the foremost songwriters of the contemporary era. Throughout a musical career that spanned nearly five decades, Mr. Cohen wrote songs that addressed  in spare language that could be both oblique and telling  themes of love and faith, despair and exaltation, solitude and connection, war and politics. More than 2,000 recordings of his songs have been made, initially by the folk-pop singers who were his first champions, like Judy Collins and Tim Hardin, and later by performers from across the spectrum of popular music, among them U2, Aretha Franklin, R.E.M., Jeff Buckley, Trisha Yearwood and Elton John.

This is the most challenging activity that humans get into, which is love. You know, we have the sense that we cannot live without love, that life has very little meaning without it. Cohen, from a 2009 interview with the Guardian.

Jeremy Wilson Foundation
Founded in 2010, this foundation is a musiciansnonprofit health and services organization supported by friends, family and fans. The foundation makes it easy to assist individual musicians and their families during medical emergencies. There is a dearth of relief organizations for working musicians who are at high risk of serious financial harm during a medical crisis. Many artists simply cannot afford basic health insurance; they are self-employed and do not receive employee benefits and aretwice as likely as the general public to be uninsured.*

Amanda Richards
Oregons own Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, Amanda Richards, releases her fourth, highly anticipated studio album,Tough Ones to Love. Following her 2012 Independent Music Award-winning concept album,Play Dead, Amanda and her band, the Good Long Whiles, offer thirteen new songs of provocative, hard-hitting country and Americana. With Amanda on acoustic and electric guitars and lead vocals, Andy Clapp on bass, Mark Powers on drums, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Moore providing guitar, lap steel, banjo, and backing vocals,Tough Ones to Lovefurther establishes Amandas place as one of country musics most important singers. (Country Music People UK)Amandas ten original compositions explore the boundaries of love, heartbreak, and temptation, while showcasing her natural gift for storytelling. Whether skewering former lovers, or rebuffing the Devils advances, Amanda holds nothing back. Someday you might have some clout / When your teeth turn yellow and your hair falls out, she sings on Lame Tattoos. But therell be some things youll never lose / Like your battle scars and your lame tattoos. On opening track, Fresh Kill, she sings, Ill lick the salty tears right off your face / Its a bitter sadness, but Ive come to like the taste.Tough Ones to Lovealso includes a beautiful rendition of the Magnetic Fields song, Two Characters in Search of a Country Song, and Johnny Dowds badman ballad, First There Was, with Steve Moore taking over lead vocals. Paying homage to Amandas famous lineage,Tough Ones to Loveincludes Terry Gilkysons classic, Cry of the Wild Goose, previously recorded by Amandas grandfather, Rusty Richards, a long-time member of the Sons of the Pioneers.Rooted in the country tradition, but not confined to it,Tough Ones to Loveranges from country-soul to gritty roots-rock, all guided by Amandas smoky, commanding voice. Amanda Richards and the Good Long Whiles be celebrating the release ofTough Ones to LoveNovember 4, 2016, at Portlands historic Old Church.

Eric Stern
Eric Sterntells stories with music. Hes appeared onNPRand performed at theKennedy Center,The Great American Music Hall, Joes Pub in NYCin San Francisco, throughout the Northwest, and internationally from Portland to Paris to Poland.

Stern grew up wandering the aisles ofThe Wooden Shoe Books and Records(an anarchist collective bookstore that his parents helped found) listening to every record he could get his hands on, then went on to formal training in piano and opera.

Eric Stern is best known for being the founder and artistic director ofVagabond Opera, an ensemble that has achieved worldwide success. Vagabond Opera was created in 2002 by U.S. and European-trained opera singer and composer Eric Stern. Then disillusioned with the classical opera world, Stern created a new context for opera: Performance on a more intimate scale incorporating not only opera but elements of Weimar Cabaret, Arabic and Balkan forms, and the original music that springs from the ensembles fertile creative work.

Will West
Will West creates a signature blend of Modern Folk, Roots, Pop, Bluegrass and more. Dynamic, Fresh and full of Inspiration (Improvisation) High Energy Dance Grooves to Intimate Space Vibes. The son of a fiddle player, Will West grew up in rural eastern North Carolina. Inspired by his parent's vast record collection, he began playing guitar when he was 11years old. First finding a love for Old-Time Blues and Heavy Metal music.In 2002, he loaded up his guitar, his dog and a handful of original tunes and moved to Portland, Oregon. From his humble beginnings busking on downtown sidewalks and exploring open-mics, Will West has been on a steady risein this rich Northwest music scene.

Will West is performs with a collection of stellarmusicians called The Friendly Strangers. Together they create a signature blend of Modern Folk, Bluegrass, Pop and Groove elements. Will West & The Friendly Strangers live shows can be wildly different from night to night. They perform in a variety of Trios, Quartets and Big Band line-ups for special events.

Anna Hoone
Anna Hoone is a songsmith, singer, and revelator. Rooted inold-time gospel, country, and folk traditions,Anna's classic Americanais influenced by the staggering beauty of the landscape around her and a certain ever-present longing for home and companionship.Her stark, straightforward lyricsreflect universal truths about the hardships and trials we all face. Her precise delivery shoots like an arrowstraight to the heart. Anna's voice issoft and lilting, with anedge that comes from having lived the words she sings.

Anna grew up in rural southern Oregon, and has called Kentucky andMontana home at one point or another. Shehas studied music in Senegal and Austria, and discovered that no matter where you go, the truth of the song is what matters most.Currently based out of Portland, OR, Anna lives in a tiny trailer where most of these songs are crafted.When not making music, Anna is a hermit and a homebody who loves to knit, cook, and garden.

Anna Fritz
Anna Fritz is a cellist and folksinger based in Portland, Oregon. She trained as a classical cellist in the Midwest, then migrated to the Pacific Northwest and turned that training on its head.She is a founding member of the Portland Cello Project and has spent seven years as a touring member of the group, sharing stages nationally with the Dandy Warhols, Andrew Bird, Garrison Keillor (on Prairie Home Companion), Mirah, Horse Feathers, Laura Gibson, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and many others.As a studio artist, Annas cello work has been featured on more than 50 albums by bands such asThe Decemberists,My Morning Jacket,Dirty Projectors,The Builders and The Butchers, andBlue Cranes.

Casey Neill
Casey Neill leads Portland, Oregon based band Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, singing with a raspy vocal quality and playing electric and acoustic guitars. Neills style is folk-punk mixed with influences from punk, celtic and folk. He has done collaborations from Scottish musician and producer, John Cunningham creating his albums Skree and Brooklyn  Bridge.

Neill has been included on numerous compilations. One tribute release, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: the Songs of Pete Seeger (Appleseed Recordings), won Top Independent Release of 1998 from the American Association of Independent Music. The compilation includes Neill alongside tracks from Bruce Springsteen and Bily Bragg, two artists to whom Neill has been compared.

*Musicians Healthcare Survey conducted for The JWF by Market Decisions Corp.



The Old Church Concert Hall (View)
1422 SW 11th Ave at Clay St
Portland, OR 97201
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Singer/Songwriter

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Dog Friendly: Yes!
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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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