2016 Siren Nation Festival

The 10th Annual Siren Nation Music and Arts Festival! November 3 – 14, 2016. Portland, OR.

The 2016 Siren Nation Festival presents a stunning musical line-up, a night of the best lady comedians from the NW, a visual art show with 65 outstanding NW artists, an art and craft sale and free workshops!

Thursday, November. 3: Group art show: Celebration!
At the Antoinette Hatfield Hall / Portland’5 Centers for the Arts
1111 SW Broadway. Portland, OR 97205
6pm-8PM. All Ages. FREE.
Featuring 65 women artists from the Pacific NW.

Alea Bone, Alyssa Kubitz, Amanda Triplett, April O’connor, Blanca Santander, Cate anevsk, Charlotte Spicer, Consu Tolusa, Corinne Carbone, Diana Bustos, Diane Pinsonault, Edyta Salak, Elisabeth Walden, Elizabeth Chadick, Elizabeth McDonald, Heather Nicole Block, Holly Suzanne, Ivonne Saed, Jaclyn Evalds, Jamila Clarke, Jeannine Edelblut, Jen Bracy, Jenn Feeney, Janet Julian, Jenny Siegel, Jessica Beer, Judy Hass, Juliet Buri, Kate Sandy, Katie Veeninga, Kelly Power, Ketie Todd, Kimi Boylan, Kristina Koenig, Lea K. Tawd, Leah KOHLENBERG, Linda Dalal Sawaya, Lindsey Saunders, Lisa Laser, Liz Greenhill, Liza Griffen, Lucinda Drake, Marissa London, Mary Hill, Minae Lee, Nancy Riedel, Nicole Gartland, Pam Moore, Peggy Pfenninger, Riley Richard, Robin Phillips Occhipint, Samyak Yamauch, Sara True, Sarah Morrigan, Shauna Meiri, Shawn Demarest, Sheila Corcoran, Sidonie Caron, Sofía Acosta, Susan Kipp, Suzanne Vaughan, Tazha Williams and Tenya Rodriguez.

Thursday, November. 3: XX Digitus Duo
Alberta Rose Theatre
Show at 7:30pm. All Ages.

Recently selected by Artslandia magazine as one of their top 50 favorite artists, this Regional Arts and Culture Council fully funded musical event celebrates the release of XX DigitusDuo’s first first full length CD 4 + 1.  Presenting a multi-media show on one and two pianos that features diverse musical styles by Nazareth/Mignone, Guastavino, Radiohead, Cordero, a new musical world premiere score for film by Dag Gabrielsen and others, this show is guaranteed to keep you entertained. Lights, Agnieszka Laska dancers, and projected images enhance the musical experience and crosses over the traditional classical music concert paradigms. http://www.xxdigitusduo.com/

Friday, November. 4: Stone Faced Honey CD Release show.
At the Secret Society
Doors at 7PM. Show at 8PM. Tickets: $8. 21+.

Stoneface Honey is an Indie band based in Portland, Oregon and led by singer/songwriter, Angie Kopshy. We are chick rock – heavy on the keys and female vocals. “Shoes to Fill” was released last November as a teaser for our upcoming album, Long Time Waiting. The album incorporates strong influences from the entire band as Angie embraced a more collaborative approach and stepped out of her songwriting closet. Stoneface Honey is very excited to release their new CD Long Time Waiting.

Saturday, November. 5 Genders CD release show
w/ Máscaras and Laura Palmer’s Death Parade
At Mississippi Studios
Doors: 8:00pm / Show: 9:00pm. Tickets: $10. 21+.

The members of Portland’s Genders had already closed the book on their previous band by the time they received the news that it had been voted one of the city’s best new acts. Seemingly, this was just the motivation they needed to accelerate through the tiresome early stages of establishing their new project. Now – four years and countless road hours later, including a full national tour opening for Built To Spill – the gang of four is preparing for their sixth release with the kind of confidence that can only be gained from experience. Phone Home features five new reverb-drenched rockers that take a slightly different approach than the band’s previous adventures with dream pop; the new bunch sounding more like a nightmare than any kind of dream.

Saturday, November. 5: The Libertine Bells

At the Secret Society
Show at 6PM. Tickets: $5. ALL AGES

The Libertine Belles are a female vocal swing trio based in Portland Oregon. Our set lists include vintage jazz music and original songs that conjure up Tin Pan Alley! 

Saturday, November. 5: Hell Hath No Funny! Comedy Showcase
At The Alberta St. Pub
Show at 8:00pm.
Tickets: $12. 21+.
Featuring: Caitlin Gill, JoAnn Schinderle, Alyssa Yeoman. Hosted by Becky Braunstein 

Wednesday, November 9: Wild Reeds W/ Valley Queen
Mississippi Studios
Doors at 8:00pm | Show at 9:00pm. Tickets: $13 ADV / $15 DOS

The Wild Reeds have transformed from a three-part harmony driven band to a full indie folk rock force that has been sweeping the West Coast. In the past year The Wild Reeds have toured along side artist such as Noah Gundersen and Israel Nash while also making an appearance at festivals such as Newport Folk Festival’s sister of the West, Way Over Yonder, Make Music Pasadena, Echo Park Rising, Claremont Folk Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, and successfully captured large audiences every Monday night in December with their Holiday Residency at The Satellite.

Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning jacket with lead vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Their sound brings to mind the soul of Motown and the power of southern rock. Over the past year, Valley Queen has been recording tracks for their debut, full-length LP and have played lauded shows at an array of venues, opening for Lucero and LP, as well as headlining Pappy and Harriet’s in Joshua Tree, the Echo Park Rising Festival in Los Angeles and a 7 show run at the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon in NYC. The Huffington Post has declared them “the ultimate outlaws” (the music video for “Who Ever Said” premiered on TheHuffPost) and P. Claire Dodson from The Village Voice notes that Valley Queen has “stayed true to their roots while embracing the psychedelia of California rock — and making some damn good music along the way…anchored by Carol’s enthralling vocals.”

Wednesday, November 9: Natasha Kmeto w/ Crater and Marquii
Show at 8:00pm. Tickets: $10.00 ADV / $12.00 DOS

Natasha Kmeto is an electronic producer/vocalist dedicated to the art of emotional engagement. Writing, producing, and performing all her material, Kmeto combines her sensuous voice with a dancefloor ethic, exuding a thoughtful physicality that rewards openness and vulnerability. Stylistically she explores the lines intersected by RnB, soul, and dance music, built using an electronic toolkit developed by years of discipline. She’s most at home when on stage, singing to her fans’ hearts and playing to their bodies. http://www.natashakmeto.com/

Crater is a Seattle-based electronic pop duo consisting of Ceci Gomez and Kessiah Gordon. The band has toured nationally with the likes of Canadian goth pop artist TR/ST and glitter pop band MS MR. Their debut full length, Talk to Me so I Can Fall Asleep, is now available via Help Yourself Records. https://www.facebook.com/craterbabes/

Thursday, November 10: The Broadcast: Live Storytelling Event
At the Alberta St. Pub
Show at 8:00pm. 21+. Tickets: $12.
The theme is “Winners and Losers” 
Featured storytellers: Jocelyn Seid, Charise Harper, Reba Sparrow and Blanca Stacey Villalobos! Emcee: Belinda Carroll

Thursday, November 10: Paper Bird w/ Ballroom Thieves
Mississippi Studios
Doors at 8:00pm. Show at 9:00pm

For Paper Bird, their new album marks a milestone. More importantly, it provides them with a new beginning, a new chapter in their trajectory that sees them redefining their direction, a change in their musical sensibility while maintaining their trademark upbeat attitude. The band’s self titled album, available September 9th on Thirty Tigers Records/ Sons of Thunder Records, introduces vocalist Carleigh Aikins to the lineup, whose previous credits include extended stints with the critically acclaimed bands Bahamas and Fox Jaws. Her addition to the band adds an extra edge, highlighting a clear sonic evolution. A shift in the band’s lineup has opened up new possibilities, swapping electric guitars and amped up instrumentation for the laid back, folkflavored sound they favored in the past. http://www.paperbirdband.com/

For The Ballroom Thieves, the band’s journey has only just begun, but their roots already run quite deep. Now, on A Wolf in the Doorway the Thieves find themselves taking the very idea of “roots” and creating ways to make its associated sound progress, while making its encompassing spirit glow. Stylistically, the trio finds a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time. http://www.ballroomthieves.com/

Thursday, November 10: Haas Kowert Tice
The Old Church
Doors at 7:00pm. Show at 8:00pm

Made up of three of the most exciting instrumentalists on the scene today, this trio of fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), and guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka) have come together on their debut album, you got this, to use their string band roots to engage in close dialogue. Entirely instrumental, this is wordless communication heard from three distinct voices working for unity. 

Friday, November. 11: The Suffers
w/ Jakubi and Bandulus
At Mississippi Studios
Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm.

The Suffers are a ten-piece band from Houston, TX who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice. The band’s sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene.

Friday, November. 11: The Cats Meow – Burlesque Show
At The Secret Society
Doors at 7:30pm. Show at 8:00pm.

Step back in time and into a Speakeasy where you can drink, dance and enjoy live variety entertainment & classic burlesque all to the live music of Pink Lady & John Bennett Jazz Band! Featuring: Zora Von Pavonine, Mae Zing, Pink Lady DiAnn, Portland Rhythm Shakers.

Saturday, November. 12: The Jezebels
At The Star Theatre
Doors at 8:00pm. Show at 9:00pm

Formed in Sydney, Australia in 2007, The Jezabels have released and internationally toured a trilogy of EP’s, The Man is Dead, She’s So Hard, and Dark Storm, as well as two full length albums, Prisoner and The Brink.

Sunday, November 13: Siren Nation Art and Craft Sale
At the McMenamins Kennedy School Gym.
10-4pm. FREE. ALL AGES!
40 art and craft vendors selling original and handmade products from around Oregon. http://www.mcmenamins.com/KennedySchool

Sunday, November 13: Siren Nation Workshops:
At the McMenamins Kennedy School Gym.
11 – 5pm. FREE. ALL AGES!
Siren Nation will be offering a day free workshops on a wide range of topics at the McMenamins Kennedy School classrooms. http://www.mcmenamins.com/KennedySchool

Monday, November 14: Jenny Hval
w/ Tender Age and Mattress

At Holocene
Doors at 8:00pm | Show at 8:30pm. 21+. Tickets: $12 ADV / $14 DOS

Norwegian artist and writer Jenny Hval has developed her distinct take on intimate sound since the release of her debut album in 2006. For her last two solo albums, 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky and 2015’s Apocalypse, girl, Hval’s debut for Sacred Bones, she has received thoughtful and widespread international acclaim for her fascinating voice, singular delivery and markedly non-traditional arrangements which incorporate elements of poetry, prose writing, performance art, and film. 

Siren Nation is a unique arts organization that showcases and creates performance and exhibition opportunities for women throughout the year. We also produce an annual festival showcasing the original work of women working in music, film, performance and visual art.

Siren Nation‘s mission is to inspire and empower women of all ages to create their own art and to highlight the many achievements of women in the arts. We focus our attention on the work of women artists and help to create equal opportunities in creative professions.

For a full schedule of events please go to www.sirennation.org

Individual event tickets are sold via the venue websites.