Main Street

Billie and the Holidays

Featuring Liz Vice, this is a Portland-based collaboration of local musicians– Hannah Glavor, Chris Pitoyo, Danny O’Hanlon, and Nathan Powell– that originally came together for a benefit concert covering Billie Holiday jazz standards. The band will perform a variety of covers including Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Nat King Cole, and, of course, Billie Holiday.

Liz Vice is a local soulful singer with gorgeous vocals who recently released her debut album There's A Light on the record label Deeper Well.

About Liz Vice: When I was a kid I would go into the basement and play the “Lion King” soundtrack over and over while I performed a dance alone for hours.

Being the middle child of five children in a single parent home allows for one to vanish without anyone noticing.

I wanted to perform. I wanted to be an actress. Growing up poor, being brown little brown girl, didn't lend itself to a lot of opportunities to pursue the dream of acting. I can remember at a very early age waking up to the sound of mother singing “Rise and Shine and give God the glory” when she wanted us up for school - to this day that song kind of drives me crazy, but this early memory just reminds me that I have always been around music.

My absent father is a very talented award winning musician, with his PhD in music, and he is still involved in the music business to this day. Although he has never been a presence in my life, I can’t deny that the musical gene has passed on to me.

Music was all around me, but never something I prayed that God would open doors for me. I was always afraid to sing on stage, and to this day my throat feels as though it’s caving in until I pray the simple prayer: “LORD, sing over me and I will sing over the people.”

One evening I was watching a man perform a cabaret of his favorite Broadway show tunes. As I sat and watched this man perform, I was hit with an image of me sitting in a classroom. The classroom was filled with students and God was standing at the front. He asked, “Who is up for the challenge?” All of the students raised their hands. I kept my hand down, and my head bowed. I didn't want Him to notice that I had decided that whatever He was asking wasn't my calling. The LORD slowly began to walk towards me and tapped on my desk. I look up and He asked again, “Are you up for the challenge?” I sat there and then I nodded yes. Who is going to tell God ‘NO’!?

So here I am, singing. Singing in church, singing with well-known local artists, and even though I can’t claim that the opportunities in music are because of what I've done, I will declare that saying “YES” to God's calling will open your eyes to reasons for why you shouldn't put yourself in a box.

Music on Main Street 2014

On Wednesday evenings during July and August, Portland’5 takes advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present Music on Main Street, our free outdoor concert series. The concerts feature popular local musicians playing a diverse collection of music. The 2014 season features jazz, salsa, tributes to the Beatles and the Allman Brothers, Ghanaian drummers, power pop, songwriters, and bohemian caberet.  The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar & Bistro will be serving seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30pm. The free concerts are held in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway & Park Ave., next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Music on Main Street is made possible through the generous support of these fine sponsors: Jack Daniel’s, Bacardi USA, Hidden Crush Wines, Trinchero Family Estates, Bridgeport Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Crispin Cider, Young’s Market Company, Columbia Distributing, OnPoint Community Credit Union, and Willamette Week.

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