Farnell Newton presents Jill Scott versus Erykah Badu Tribute

Farnell Newton presents Jill Scott versus Erykah Badu Tribute

Michalangela, Saeeda Wright, Arietta Ward

Sat, August 26, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12

This event is 21 and over

Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection will be paying tribute to two of the most creative & greatest singers & songwriters of the last 20 years Jill Scott & Erykah Badu. The night will feature Portland’s own jazz, gospel & soul singers Arietta Ward, Michalangela and Saeeda Wright as they sing songs from the entire catalog of Jill Scott & Erykah Badu. They will take you on a journey that will showcase their diverse musical background and versatility in front of Portland’s own The Othership Connection.

Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection
Revitalizing Funk & Soul with a new twist, Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection has been stirring up a ton of noise on the NW music scene. Led by Trumpeter Farnell Newton, who’s resume includes performing with Jill Scott, Bootsy Collins, Erykah Badu & more. The Othership Connection brings a sound that blends the old with the new. They are gaining a reputation of funkin’ up stages all night long.
Michalangela
Michalangela
Michalangela, whose full name is Michal Angela Wilson, is a highly appealing and increasingly significant singer based in Portland, Oregon. Her style is based in jazz although she is also stretching out towards soul music. Her debut recording, Portland Rain, was a major step forward in her career.

Since recording Portland Rain, Michalangela has evolved, she has become a more confident performer and a more daring improviser, and she has expanded into soul music while keeping her foundation in jazz. Singing with saxophonist Devin Phillips, Tyrone Hendrix, trumpeter Farnell Newton and other major local players, Michalangela not only performs jazz and soul but r&b and gospel, inspired by Erykah Badu and Billie Holiday. She is in the early stages of recording her next CD, a project that will find her concentrating on recording her own originals.
Saeeda Wright
Saeeda Wright
Saeeda “Mama Sae” Wright is one of the pacific northwest premier vocalist and song writers. What sets her apart from her contemporaries is that Saeeda’s vocal abilities are a gift, and not simply a skill. Before Saeeda spoke her first words, she had already discovered, and began the process of fine tuning the internal instrument that she was so blessed to be born into this world with. Many of the churches within her hometown of Portland Oregon were amazed as they witnessed Saeeda transform from of a young gifted child that sang with so much promise, into a beautiful woman that embraced her gift and used it with both power and poise. Saeeda is not only aware of the influence that her gift affords her, but she is also respectful of the position that it provides her in the lives of others. Saeeda takes these positions very serious, and for this reason added to her awareness by attending Clark Atlanta University as a “Voice Major”. Over the last Twenty years Saeeda has had the privilege of working with several artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Mike Phillips, Patrick Lamb, Duffy Bishop and The Pacific Northwest own Liv Warfield, Saeeda has also been blessed to grace the stage with or open for Gospel Music Power-houses Jessica Reedy, Cece Winans, Crystal Akin, JJ Harrison and Yvette Williams of the Kurt Carr Singers. Some of Saeeda’s studio credits include Derrick McDuffey and Kingdom Sound, Liv Warfield, and Bruthaz Grimm. Through it all Saeeda has remained humble and continues to give back to the communities she loves. She is very well known and respected for her work as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and has been a regular participant in Portland’s Annual Blues Festival, as well as many other festivals and events that take place in Oregon throughout the year. Saeeda also works as a dedicated vocal coach in hopes of helping others reach their musical dreams. One of Saeeda’s greatest qualities is that despite having all of these opportunities, and the responsibilities that accompany them, she has always made her family and friends a priority.
Arietta Ward
Arietta Ward
The daughter of grammy nominated pianist Janice Scroggins has been raised on Soul, Jazz, Blues and Funk all her life. Arietta is a gifted vocalist who curretly performs with the Doo Doo Funk All Stars, The Ken DeRouchie Band, LaRhonda Steele and more.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
http://secretsociety.net/