Musicians

After a long day of learning and connecting on Wednesday and Thursday, kick back, unwind, and groove to some exquisite music.

Wednesday

Blossom

Blossom stands in a burgundy dress with one leg over the back of a chair.

Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Blossom is an eclectic R&B jazz-singer currently based in Portland, OR, who today feels right at home on stage. She spent her childhood playing in a family steel drum band and that set the tone for her taste in instruments & energy that she uses in her music today. The positive effect music has had on her life is something Blossom now strives to share with the youth in her community. The city has recognized her talent and in addition to being constantly sought after for shows she has also received accolades such as being named one of Willamette Week’s best new bands in 2017.

In the last few years, she has released multiple collaborative projects. In the summer of 2017, she released a project with producer Hot16 titled Tease. In the summer of 2018, she linked up with Ripley Snell for the dreamy EP, Clout Atlas :: Dormiveglia. On her most recent album “Maybe,” the focus is solely on Blossom and her story. For Blossom, this new album is a coming-of-age story.

Booking info: email Jenna Becker

Renee Muzquiz

Renee Muzquiz looks off the side while wearing a black hoodies and jean jacket.

Renée Muzquiz is an introspective indie-pop/rock singer-songwriter and guitarist in Portland with her album, Where Trees Once Made a Sound, set to be released in 2022. Curve Magazine has urged their listeners to “keep an ear out for this one,” and she has shared the stage with prominent Portland musicians Jen Conlee (Decemberists), Ritchie Young (Loch Lomond), Jeremy Wilson (Dharma Bums) and Zia McCabe (Dandy Warhols). Renée has showcased her original music for 7 editions of Renée’s Queer Cabaret, her very own “resistance” variety show (both on stage and on film) since 2018. Broadway World has called the cabaret “all at once humble, subversive and delightful.” In addition, she is currently the singer and lead guitarist for Major Tomboys, her all-womxn David Bowie cover band.

Listen to Renée Muzquiz’ newest single, “Gay Kids,” at reneemuzquiz.hearnow.com or on any streaming service.

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Thursday

Somaya looks off to the side while wearing a back T-shirt that reads, 'Dykes Against Drama."

Somaya

Somaya is a singer/songwriter based in Colorado. They released their debut album, “Stand Up” in the summer of 2017. Originally from North Carolina, Somaya has spent the last few years on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. They specialize in creating pop ballads with a focus on lyricism. As an openly queer artist, Somaya hopes that through their art, they will inspire vulnerability and encourage inclusivity in all spaces.

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Tara Velarde

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Portland’s Tara Velarde illuminates the stage with her trademark Diva Pop and Soul. Listeners liken her vocally-centric style to Tori Kelly, Carole King, and Alicia Keys – great vocal powerhouses with a lot to say. Whether solo or backed by her full band of Portland all-stars, expect a performance that moves your heart as much as it moves your hips. Inspired lyrics and a crafted vocal delivery are inextricable for Velarde, who grew up writing poetry and spent her nights in the theater. Add to that a household of harmonizing siblings, and you get music that satisfies and brings a prism of musical dimensions into full color.

With the recent release of her album “Rise” (2019), Velarde stays active in the studio and on the road. She has shared bills with Michael Franti, Gaelynn Lea (NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner), and Haley Heynderickx, and has headlined multiple national and European tours.”