Main Street

Morning Ritual

Morning Ritual is a collaboration between Portland-based composer Ben Darwish and twin singers, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, known as Shook Twins. The band also features multi-instrumentalist William Seiji Marsh and drummer Russ Kleiner.

Their first album, The Clear Blue Pearl, was self-released in May of 2013 and has gained considerable attention for its unique sound and overall concept. Portland’s Willamette Week describes the album as "a record generous with sacred moments" and their sound is "unlike anything that has come before them." Their live performance of "So Cold" was featured as a "Favorite Session" on NPR Music and BlackBook Magazine debuted their expansive music video for "The Drought".

Darwish, the primary composer for the group, creates complex, piano-driven arrangements with soaring vocal melodies and harmonies. In addition, they employ live “glitch vocals” which can mimic a skipping record or the “pulses” used in Steve Reich’s music. Although you can hear a wide range of influences in their sound, it has been described as “fantasy folk” and “hypnotic R&B”.

The Clear Blue Pearl tells the story of a man and wife who, after a drought plagues their land, set out in search for the Clear Blue Pearl, an aquifer which is rumored to be close underground. After a harrowing search, they finally discover the underground oasis they've been looking for, but once they decide to make it their new home, they realize they may have settled on unstable land.

Full of lyrical metaphors and vast musical references, the album reveals a new layer of depth with every new listen. And, Morning Ritual, seen on stage, will transcend your expectation of a live concert.

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.

: Upcoming Events


The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre presents their Annual School Performance at the Portland'5 Newmark...

Showing: 04/25 - 04/26

Stumptown Stages presents Soul Harmony in the Portland'5 Brunish Theatre, inside Antoinette...

Showing: 04/16 - 05/03

Oregon Children's Theatre presents School House Rock Live!, March 28 - April 26, 2015, at the Portland'5...

Showing: 03/28 - 04/26

Oregon Ballet Theatre presents Impact, the 2014-15 season finale program, April 16-25, 2015 in the...

Showing: 04/16 - 04/25

Oregon Symphony welcomes violinist Karen Gomyo to the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on April 25...

Showing: 04/25 - 04/27

Oregon Symphony presents The Music of Led Zeppelin at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on ...

Showing: 04/26