Win Tickets ($50): Ladies Rise Up and Rock @ Alberta Rose Theatre | A History of Women in Music, w/ Michele Van Kleef

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Ladies Rise Up and Rock @ Alberta Rose Theatre on April 11th. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 11th.

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From our sponsors:
Ladies Rise Up and Rock @ Alberta Rose TheatreLadies Rise Up and Rock
“History of Women in Music”
April 11, 2014
7:30 p.m. | $25 | All Ages

Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 719-6055

Ladies Rise Up and Rock: Portland will be a retrospective show highlighting famous female singers from 1945 to the present day, headlined by local singer-songwriter Michele Van Kleef. The event is designed with patrons of the arts in mind, a chance to support independent women in this creative industry and relive music through its boldest eras.

Van Kleef’s broad range of vocal styles span opera, folk, blues, jazz, and pop. Her work has had placement in the hit reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and spoof Walk Hard, on TV in 90210, VH1, Fox, NBC, T-Mobile, Lifetime, and MTV, and in Starbucks coffee houses worldwide. With popular indie band Calobo, Michele shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, and Jethro Tull.

Ladies Rise Up and Rock was designed to spotlight women making their mark in music. The Portland chapter of this event will explore the importance of women in music through the decades, including songs by such powerhouse artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Pat Benatar, Heart, Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, and many more.

“The show is designed to explore the legacy these influential female singers have left in the music world,” says Carl J. Mancuso, creator of Ladies Rise Up and Rock. “I picked Michele [Van Kleef] because of her versatility. She’s going to cover eras of different hit songs in a way that hasn’t really happened up to this point.”

“It’s absolutely an honor to be part of this organization, especially right at the beginning,” says Van Kleef. “The really cool thing about it for me, personally, is the fact that Ladies Rise Up and Rock trusts me to do so many different styles. To celebrate women in music is so awesome and important, especially for younger women, to give them those strong female role models in music.”

The Portland event will benefit the local non-profit Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. The organization builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance by providing workshops and technical training, creating leadership opportunities, cultivating a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encouraging social change.

The concept for Ladies Rise Up and Rock was sparked by a conversation Mancuso had with Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee and renowned singer-songwriter J. D. Souther (Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles). Souther, who has endorsed the mission of Ladies Rise Up and Rock, expressed concerned about cuts in music education funding in schools across the US.

Local radio station KZME is sponsoring the Portland event with Mancuso and his PR firm, Upswing Public Relations, as well as partners Spotlight Events Consulting SF, design and PR business Flying Ace Media, San Francisco sister rock duo Deer Park Avenue, the Portland Radio Project & Audix Microphones.

After the inaugural 2013 concert in San Francisco, Ladies Rise Up and Rock donated $900 to the GRAMMY in the Schools campaign and a PRS SE electric guitar to student Paulina McWalters in Roseville, CA. For more information, see


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18 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Ladies Rise Up and Rock @ Alberta Rose Theatre | A History of Women in Music, w/ Michele Van Kleef

  1. Scott Worthington April 3, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    I would love to attend this show, I love women in rock period!

  2. Yume April 3, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Sounds like a great event!

  3. Nadine April 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Sounds like a great night out for a great cause. Would love to see this and benefit Rock ‘n Roll Camp for Girls

  4. zoe April 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Girl Power!!! yessssssssssssss

  5. Jamie April 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Women do rock! I’d love to celebrate women in music at this lovely event.

  6. Jennifer kerns April 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    I love celebrating women and music!

  7. Kirsten April 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Girls rock! Would love to take my rocker gf to this. :)

  8. Yasmine April 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    This would be a wonderful cross generational event I could share with my mom and have lady’s night!!! We would both enjoy a night of live music that supports empowering young women.

  9. Didi April 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    I am a woman who rocks and I rock. I will bring another woman who rock too. Pick us

  10. Diana April 4, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    I am old enough to remember when FM radio stations would not play two female rock artists”in a row”. Ah yes… those were the good ol’ days (no one said ever).

  11. Aaron April 5, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Women rock! I can’t wait.

  12. Lauretta Prince April 5, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    I am delighted to see a women-focused event in the field of music. This will be a night full of familiar melodies and powerful lyrics. Chicks rule…guys are cool too :)

  13. Pam April 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Sounds very cool!

  14. Jessica April 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Michelle is so great! I’d love to to go, but money is tight…so winning would be shnazzy!

  15. Heather April 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I love women in rock! Music serves as the inspiration to life! This would be a great show to attend!

  16. Christine April 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    I have never been to the Alberta Rose Theatre and this would be a great intro to the venue!

  17. Gemma April 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Oh this would be so interesting. And a great treat for me and me sister. Thanks for considering.

  18. richard April 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    The last time I wrote something original I didn’t get chosen, so here I am now.

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