Two distinctive local artists, Chance Hayden and Nicole Berke, will be celebrating a joint CD release party Friday, January 25 at Jimmy Mak’s. The two have spent over a year conceiving, writing, producing and funding their respective albums with the help of generous Kickstarter endorsements and are ready to release their new recordings. The two emerging talents give much credit to their Portland-based community as their new projects culminate together on stage. Opening the show is the incredibly soulful and talented keyboardist and vocalist Jarrod Lawson.
Guitarist and songwriter Chance Hayden is ready to set a new mark with his debut full-length album The Family Tree. Following several years of service as a standout sideman to numerous Portland artists, the PSU Jazz Studies graduate ambitiously made time to produce a collection of original works much inspired by his recent entry to fatherhood and the responsibilities this new title brings to his life. Hayden who is 25, is being touted as a songwriter whose lyrics are both mature and profound. He’s also been known explore other genre’s including venturing into flat picking. He is a versatile guitarist connecting the dots throughout the Portland music scene. Hayden has garnered vast recognition as a standout talent performing alongside jazz luminaries including Tom Grant, Shelly Rudolph, Devin Phillips and Bobby Torres.
Portlanders have a rare chance to catch rising indie artist Nicole Berke and her full band as they unleash ten original songs from This Bright Before. Berke, a Boston native who moved to Portland three years ago, is a soulful pianist and singer whose diverse musical influences and love of travel often seep into her songwriting. Last February she began a four month residency gig in Beijing at the renowned Kerry Center Hotel’s Club Centro with R & B band Mike Null and The Soulcasters. This caught the attention of ASCAP, and as a result featured an original piece about her performing and living abroad on their We Make Music Blog. This multi-talented singer is sure to gain notoriety on the map as a global indie artist. Her talent has also lead to landing an exciting artist endorsement from Kurzweil Keyboards, while she is currently teaching at Portland’s School of Rock.
The doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 Reserved Seat (dinner reservations required) or $10 day of the show and can be purchased through Ticket Tomato.