Main Street

Swan Sovereign

Musical trio from Portland, Oregon, formed by members of Dirty Martini (Stephanie Schneiderman, Lara Michell and Christine McKinley).

Swan Sovereign is a Portland, Oregon trio with punchy, defiant pop songs and harmonies so buttery that you’ll forget to be offended by the bossy lyrics. Stephanie Schneiderman (drums) Lara Michell (guitar) and Christine McKinley (bass) are a tight, spare unit with compact songs that burst from dead quiet into tantrums and back down.

Before taking over the rhythm section and forming the power trio that became Swan Sovereign, the three were in Dirty Martini. The music of Dirty Martini was gloomy, introspective and rain-soaked, like April in Portland. Swan Sovereign is more like a dance party on a sunny day in Antarctica – bright and blinding, with snowballs flying and a bit of blood on the ice from playing too rough. Swan Sovereign's songs about interrogation, family secrets, and organized rebellion cut clean and deep. Then they rub salt in with mean 60s girl group harmonies. It leaves a pretty pink scar.

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


Oregon Children's Theatre presents Ivy + Bean: The Musical, October 25-November 23, 2014, at the Portland'...

Showing: 10/25 - 11/23

Stumptown Stages presents You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in the Portland'5 Brunish Theatre...

Showing: 11/06 - 12/07

U.S. Bank Broadway Across America Portland presents Mamma Mia!, November 25th through 30th...

Showing: 11/25 - 11/30

Oregon Symphony present the music of Disney at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on November 29...

Showing: 11/29 - 11/30

 Rodbones presents pianist David Benoit at the Newmark Theatre on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7:30pm, to...

Showing: 11/30

Third Rail Repertory Theatre presents The Mystery of Irma Vep, by Charles Ludlam, December 5, 2014-January...

Showing: 12/05 - 01/10