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“Ladies of Funk”
Cherry Royale, Trixy and the Nasties & Miss V (of Brownish Black)
November 14, 2013
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $12 ADV, $15 Doors | 21+
1332 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209
With Alvetta Newby-Jones on vocals, Bryan “Slappy” Goodman on guitar, Matt Jennings on keyboard, Solomon Wright on bass and Richard Jones on drums, Cherry Royale is a sonic blend of various musical backgrounds, tied together by a mutual, life-long love of music. In addition to years of cultivating their passion and craft, each member of the group brings to the table previous experience with widely respected, groundbreaking indie groups.
With that experience also comes the courage to create boldly, as they forge through new ground in a musical landscape that hasn’t gotten enough shine of late; knowing without a doubt that as a team, Cherry Royale is dedicated to the same goal: to craft an experience through their music. “Funk is about the chemistry between not only the people playing the music, but the people listening as well,” points out Slappy. “Once you feel that chemistry, it’s absolutely undeniable. You can’t react against it.”
Originally one of a three-part collective studio brainchild called The Axis, Cherry Royale emerged from those early sessions as the vessel through which this new psychedelic funk & soul music would be brought forth. With the final addition of MJ on keys in early 2011, CR began to tour heavily across the U.S., releasing early studio bootlegs and receiving critical acclaim for their high-energy live shows.
After spending about a year bringing their brand new brand of funk to the masses, and finding more than willing participants in their unique chemistry experiment at every turn, Cherry Royale took some time off from the road in late 2012 to give their growing fan base a way to bring the experience home. Their debut EP “Say What?!,” which came out on Dirty Bomb Records in February 2013. The EP was recorded both in Atlanta, GA and Oakland, CA over a six month period from April to November 2012 at Dirty Bomb Studios (East & West Labs). The group took this time to refine and expand upon songs that had been brought forth from the previous year and a half of touring, as well as new material that various members had been working on collectively or solo.
“It’s funk music…”
Cherry Royale has recently shared the stage with Soulive, Trombone Shorty, Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Lettuce, Orgone, Brownout, Euforquestra, Afrolicious and their good friends, Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band.
No. 32 of Crystal Ballroom’s 100 Nights
Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, as an ongoing entertainment staple for the city since 1914, celebrates its 100th birthday with a 100-day-long party! From October 14, 2013 to its actual centennial-mark on January 21, 2014, daily events will tumble forth from the historic Crystal Ballroom and its second-floor space Lola’s Room, with an occasional spotlight pointed at the affable setting of Ringlers Pub.
Events will feature a mix of current national acts, the return of longtime Portland favorites, showcases of up-and-comers, and themed events inspired by key eras of the Crystal past. While the series will end with a bang – a performance by the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy on January 21 – the entire run of shows will be stacked with stellar talent. Additional events will pay tribute to the Crystal’s amazing history, with ballroom dance extravaganzas, old-timey/Americana dances, a gypsy-themed event, soul/funk shows and psychedelic jams.