Food For The Soul:
A Concert Benefiting Potluck in the Park
Mark your calendars now for Potluck in the Park’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the historic Tiffany Center in Portland, OR. Don’t miss this exciting evening of music and community involvement featuring performances by:
TOM GRANT and band
MICHELE VAN KLEEF
Click here to purchase tickets or learn more about this exciting event benefiting Potluck in the Park, a volunteer driven, grass roots, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which has been serving a free hot meal to anyone in need since 1991 every Sunday at O’Bryant Square in downtown Portland.
Emcee: Margie Boule
Tickets available at: www.auctria.com
$75 -Silver level table seating, appetizers, family style dinner, two complimentary drink tickets, and concert
$45 -Theater concert seating in ballroom, includes appetizers, one complimentary drink ticket per guest, and concert
Event DetailsSaturday, October 28, 2017
6:00 PM | Doors & Cocktail Hour
6:45 PM | Dinner
7:00 PM | Entertainment Begins
Table and sponsorship options available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation.
Location: TIFFANY CENTER
1410 SW Morrison
Portland, Oregon 97205
$1000- Table Sponsor: Gold level table seating around stage for up to 10 people, appetizers, family style dinner, two complimentary drink tickets per guest, two bottles of wine for self serve at tables, and concert
Tom Grant, our musical director, has had nearly 50 years in the music business as a pianist, songwriter, singer (and lately) record label owner. In the 80’s, his smooth jazz records went to the top of the SJ charts where they stayed for weeks at a time. He has toured the world with his music, appeared on the Jay Leno show, was featured on CNN, recorded 27 of his own records/CDs and his original music can be heard in film and tv. Before his own recording career took off, Tom toured with drum legend Tony Williams. He also toured/recorded with jazz greats Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw and Charles Lloyd.
Norman Sylvester was born in Bonita, Louisiana in 1945, his earliest musical influence came from hearing gospel singing in church, and blues greats BB King, Johnny Taylor & T Bone Walker coming from the Juke Joints on the back streets of town. After his family moved to Portland, Oregon, Norman’s first professional gig was in 1963 with Isaac Scott, and by the late 70s, he had sat in with Buddy Guy and Albert Collins, both of whom encouraged him to leave the trucking industry and devote himself to a full time career in music. He formed his current band, The Norman Sylvester Band that played the first Waterfront Blues Festival & opened for BB King in 1987. They have released 4 all original music albums and play regularly around the area.
Marilyn Keller brings a special magic to the stage with her charming presence and flawless vocal stylings. Her musical roots are diverse. She joined Black Swan Classic Jazz Band in 1997, quickly establishing a loyal following in the Dixieland and Ragtime scene. She has also remained active in a wide variety of other performance ensembles and styles: The Don Latarski Group, Darrell Grant, Thara Memory, Tall Jazz, Tom Grant, Michael Allen Harrison, Disciples in Song, and the Augustana Jazz Quartet to name a few. Marilyn’s formative jazz training was as a member of the Mt. Hood Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble and as the vocalist fronting the award-winning MHCC Jazz Lab Band. She is featured at the Jazz Worship Service at Augustana Lutheran Church every Sunday and can be seen frequently at restaurants, clubs, festivals and holiday events throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Michele Van Kleef’s groove rock features her classically trained, soulful voice, ranging from the reminiscent sounds of Janis Joplin to the compelling melodies and pure tones of Joni Mitchell. Michele delivers a lively, yet touching musical performance with songs written from her heart that move the listener to feel what inspired her to write. Her music is based in storytelling with memorable melodies and sung with haunting vocals. Michele got her start in the music industry as a singer in the very successful, NW-based Indie band Calobo. They toured the country for over 6 years and shared the stage with Sara McLachlan, Train, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco and Jethro Tull. After Calobo, Michele joined Lazy Bones Recordings as Mackabella in Seattle.
Even in the cluttered field of blues-inspired sirens, Haley Johnsen is not to be mistaken as just another one of the girls. A native Portlander and daughter of a drummer, Haley’s sound draws out the emotions of each note with impressive range, while her songwriting provides a candid glimpse at the joys and pains of young life. Her first EP, “Through the Blue,” is a playfully mastered farewell to lost love and youthful trysts. Her most recent single release “Feel the Water” is a step in a new direction instrumentally, while still possessing an emotional yet empowering atmosphere.
Keep checking back for the evolving list of talented performers that Tom Grant is bringing together for this amazing event…