TOC presents Lenore. :: Edna Vazquez
Friday, September 22nd 2017
Doors at 7pm Show at 8pm
$12ADV/$15DOS @ BrownPaperTickets.com
All Ages Bar with I.D.
The Old Church presents the debut album release party for Portland folk outfit Lenore., with special guest Edna Vazquez.
The coming together of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller as Portlands newest folk outfit, Lenore. is serendipitous, to say the least. After individually hitting rock bottom, Pearson following a divorce and Miller after a period of destitution in LA, the pair separately turned to songwriting in the search for a still point in their turning worlds.
After years of lending their abilities to other projects, including Saddle Creek's The Mynabirds, and Portland's own High Water Jazz Band, they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting through a mutual friend, Pokey LaFarge, sparked an immediate connection. A drunken night ensued, and before they'd even scoped each other's material, they had committed.
Since forming Lenore., Miller and Pearson have gained full-time collaborators in seasoned Portland musicians Edward Cameron (classical guitar) and Jessie Dettwiler (cello), who have contributed significantly to the evolution of Lenore.'s sound, a dreamy melancholic blend of harmony-driven folk with an ever present sense of hope. More recently, Lenore. began playing with a rhythm section that features Samantha Stidham (bass) and Daniel Hunt (drums).
Edna Vazquez is a Portland-based, openly gay, Latin American singer/songwriter who performs original compositions that pay homage to her international influences with a passion that comes through in every note of her music. Edna's songs are deeply rooted in universal human emotion, providing a message of light, love and cultural healing. Mariachi music is all about emotion, something Edna embodies completely. Her ability to lift the spirits and touch the hearts of each and every audience member is an experience one must see for themselves.
Born in the Mexican state of Colima, then raised in Jalisco, Edna spent half of her life immersed in the culture and music of Mexico and Latin American. In her teen years, she left her homeland bringing with her the rich culture of this music to the United States. Her self-discovery and expression came from a blending of these two worlds.
At a very young age, Edna knew she could direct her music however she wished. After learning to sing one of her grandmother's favorite songs she discovered she had a naturally strong voice. She also discovered the empowerment her voice could conjure when singing in front of thousands of people. Winding up in the Portland area she soon began doing just that, instilling a strength of independence in her soul and pouring it into her music. After 34 years of boldly declaring her identity, Vazquez has a clear sense of who she is as a person and artist and the power of her music and message.
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1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
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