Sunday, June 26, 2022

Artichoke Community Music & bluesgirlpdx Present

Portland Mojo Watch Party

with Special Guests

Hosted by Portland Funk-Soul-R&B Diva Arietta Ward

12:30 pm doors, 1 pm show

$12 advance

All ages welcome

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Portland Mojo Watch Party

Portland Mojo Watch Party

Directed by Bob Leitch

This is a history of the Portland, Oregon blues scene from its inception and growth through the late 2000's with a close look at the influences and talented people unique to Portland that made this wonderful coincidence possible. What seemed like a simple story at first eventually led to a tracing of the influences and evolution of the art form from the very beginnings of the settlement on through the growth of the city up to the present day, along the way interviewing nearly everyone who was involved in the local blues music scene from the 1960s on. With the help of many of these artists and numerous other contributors' rare recordings, posters, and photographs were unearthed, along with archival film and video footage of nearly forgotten performances. The result is this film: both a chronicle of the evolution of this art form in Portland and an homage to the numerous artists who fell in love with it.Anonymous

The movie runs 90 minutes, we will show 30 minutes at a time, then open up the mic on the breaks to many Portland Blues icons (schedule to be determined) Come here their personal stories and have your questions ready!

Special Thanks to Don Campbell (Criminal Records) for permission to show this out-of-print DVD!


About Mission Theater

Experience a slice of Portland history. What is now known simply as “the Mission” was originally home to the Swedish Mission Covenant congregation in the early 20th century, and despite its staid, buttoned up appearance, this place now hosts live music, video dance nights and special events on select nights each month. 


We will follow all state and local Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of each show. Proof of full vaccination or negative Covid-19 test may be required for entry. Some events may have additional measures put in place by the performers. Please make sure to check back here before attending as policies are subject to change. No refunds will be given, all sales are final.


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub to event space, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!

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