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Aireene Espiritu and Richard Colombo
Café Artichoke
Portland, OR
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Aireene Espiritu and Richard Colombo
A rare breed of artist, a soul singer, a folk troubadour, a blues artist, a busk show princess, a skiffle tear-stained street singer with a heart as big as the history of the music that drives her. And in the final analysis, she is a storyteller without borders or cultural limitations.
-- No Depression, Terry Roland

Aireene Espiritu is a singer/songwriter with over 25 years experience performing as a solo artist as well as with her band,  Aireene & The Itch, covering various genres from folk, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues to world music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana.

She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears.

In 2016, Espiritu was added to the roster of artists under Little Village Foundation, a non-profit label founded by venerable blues keyboardist Jim Pugh (Robert Cray, Etta James, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker) and released a part tribute to Rhythm & Blues artist, Sugar Pie DeSanto and part Filipino and American folk songs. The album has received positive recognition and reviews from KQED's The California Report, San Francisco Chronicle, Living Blues and No Depression magazines. 4.5 out of 5 stars review All About Jazz.


"When we travel down those old back roads, thats when we finally find our way sings Portland songwriter Richard Colombo. For the past four decades music has shaped Richards life.  A gifted songwriter, performer, musician and teacher, he is known and loved for his engaging style of performance and teaching. His songs tell stories that feel as old as the hills yet remarkably new and rich with themes of love and poignant passages.  Often told in the voice of a character he has created, his songs are honest, courageous and bold giving us a glimpse of a world that is not often visible.  He can also be remarkably silly and childlike.  When he trades his Martin guitar for a banjo ukulele you should prepare yourself for a fun adventure.  His beautiful clear tenor voice combined with masterful guitar work is often quite magical.  A night with Colombo will leave you with the feeling of hope and wanting more.  He has often been called one of the finest and most authentic heartfelt singer-songwriters working today.


Café Artichoke (View)
2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Blues
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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