Tara Velarde Album Release, with There Is No Mountain, Far Out West

Tara Velarde Album Release, with There Is No Mountain, Far Out West

Fri, May 17, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

$10 advance ● $12 cash door

This event is 21 and over

Tickets will be sold online until 1pm on the day of the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold for cash at the door beginning at 7pm.

Tara Velarde - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Tara Velarde
Call her a diva and call her a folkie. Tara Velarde embodies that elusive combination of swagger and sensitivity. She writes songs with a sharp sense of poetics and vulnerability, and then steps up to the mic to her deliver words and vocal melodies with powerhouse pipes. Tara’s world is diva-folk, and she owns it on her upcoming album, Rise, out in May.

Tara’s latest is an artistic watershed, and represents a powerful personal paradigm shift. “It’s not a concept album, but I call it ‘Rise’ because there are a lot of reoccurring themes of personal growth,” the Portland, Oregon-based artist says. “This is me accepting and embracing my own
power.”

Tara’s special blend, diva-folk, is an expansive music, spanning soul, blues-rock, a dash of theatrics, and a healthy helping of swagger. Her melding of verve and vulnerability has garnered Tara favorable comparisons to Brandi Carlile, Regina Spektor, and Carole King—great female powerhouses with a lot to say. Live, Tara has toured nationally and internationally, both as an intimate solo performer and fronting a band of world-class musicians Tara’s Rise stands tall among her previous releases in that it’s a studio album in the grandest
sense. Rather than duplicate her live show, the album is carefully layered with guitar textures,
sprinkles of flute, tasteful percussion touches, and lush harmony vocal passages. On “Touch You” Tara explores forbidden love with slow-burn R&B. The sparse elegance of the tracks leaves room for Tara’s to explore almost the gospel-hues of her vocals. The previously released
single “Willow Baby” highlights the album’s rich production aesthetic, showcasing Tara’s artistry in an imaginatively produced setting. Her inner folkie comes through on the delicately reflective “The Mountain” and “For What What It Was” which showcase her heartfelt and insightful lyrics in delicately essentialized settings. The playful “Such An Island” sees Tara strut her diva self with some brawny blues-rock.
There Is No Mountain - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
There Is No Mountain
There Is No Mountain is a Portland, OR-based psych-pop/Americana, husband-and-wife duo that combines percussion, guitar, and an affinity for vocal harmony to create a unique sound with intricate, world-music-influenced arrangements. The band's subtly virtuosic style has been compared in print to current acts like The Dirty Projectors and classics like Paul Simon's Graceland, but it is perhaps more telling that reviewers have tried to peg the duo's musical influences in genres ranging from jazz to folk, classical to psychedelic rock, and world music to doom metal (all are correct!). Kali and Matt usually just call it "pop with a short attention span".

TINM's live set-up is an exercise in multitasking - the duo sings nearly everything in harmony while Kali plays a medley of tom drums and percussive instruments, and Matt animates his acoustic guitar using nimble fingers and a bunch of carefully chosen effect pedals. African rhythms, jazz harmonies, shape-shifting arrangements, theatrical melodies, and psychedelic swirls seep through the americana exterior, making the live show a total surprise to any first-timer. After spending the last couple years on constant self-booked tours all over the country and finding themselves in situations ranging from 110-degree basements to a headline show at Lincoln Center in NYC, TINM is excited to be releasing new material this spring.
Far Out West - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Far Out West
Far Out West brings a unique and energetic brand of funk that features groovy beats and rootsy vocals. The quartet performs a spectrum of sounds; their original songs fuse together soulful folk-inspired lyrics with crunchy instrumental endeavors guided by the stylings of jazz and rock. Popular cover songs by artists like James Brown, The Grateful Dead, The New Mastersounds, and Sharon Jones are also often sprinkled into the set list. Far Out West has been performing around the Pacific Northwest since 2016 and consists of Liz Chibucos (guitar and vocals), Chad Kimbler (mandolin), Danny Lee (bass), and Forest Carter (drums).
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
http://secretsociety.net/