KNRK Passport Approved – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – March 2nd, 2017

KNRK Passport Approved

KNRK's Annual Showcase of Artists From Around the Globe

KNRK Passport Approved


March, 2nd, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$9.47 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Katéa, The Helsinki, Finland-based chanteuse is one of the most inspiring new female artists to emerge in recent years and is poised for global success. Katéas Scandinavian origin brings in the wistful and profound features of northern mentality and combines it with international pop-scene. Her uniquely deep and vivid voice soars through the music and has a clear, easily recognizable own signature sound differencing her from the other big names in pop genres. Katéa has already impressed everyone with her amazingly wide vocal-register and true professionalism, which she has gained by performing and making music since the age of nine.
Katéa wields great songs, original and charismatic stage presence and a unique artistic vision that sets the creative bar very high. This stunningly talented young singer recently signed to a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia. Katéa has written some great songs including her co-written debut single, “’That Ain’t Love,’” together with hot Swedish writer/producer team Moneybridge. The single was released in spring 2015 and it got massive positive attention in music media and aroused praising in different music related releases.
"'That Ain't Love' is a bombastic, soaring introduction to a special artist” – Clash
Year 2016 has already been a busy one for Katéa. She performed in February at Eurosonic festival in Netherlands, which is one of the biggest European music industry events that seeks out new talent. The trip was a great success, and brought up new collaborators within European scene.
Katéa released her debut EP, "Louder" including five songs on April 22nd. Second single “Louder” was released in April 8th. Katéa has been co-writing the material with some of the hippest Swedish teams, which include “The Family” and “Swedish Attack”. Besides the EP, Katéa has been busy writing new music and already has the strong material for a full album.
Ben Hazlewood
Ben Hazlewood
Contemporary pop. Classic rock. Many points in between. At 26, Ben Hazlewood is a fiercely
independent singer and songwriter who has the experience of someone twice his age, and a
broad love of music that makes his own something timeless and wholly distinctive amidst a sea
of aspiring voices -- as evidenced by his new single, "Wanted."
The New Zealand native has been singing since he was five years old and never considered a
Plan B. He was a finalist on "The Voice" in Australia and has worked the globe from London to
Nashville, where he recorded "Wanted" and its predecessor "Paint Me Black" with longtime
collaborator and friend Duncan Sparks. "'Wanted' is a song about unrequited love and the
angst and frustration, the desperation that comes with it," Hazlewood says. "It's a powerful
plea to the person you feel more for than you have ever felt before. The last cry for a change
that you anticipate may never come."
"Wanted" is the beginning of plenty to come from Hazlewood, who has recorded a wealth of
material for his first album, targeted for an early 2016 release. Stay tuned…
Speaker First
Speaker First

Millenium. Digital Age

The twin brothers Beni and Bony decides to put the soul back to the music, when everything about it is a hard earned affair.
Inspired by the golden age of rock, and disturbed by the Indonesian mainstream music scene, they form Speaker First.


Speaker First caught the attention of one of the major record label , Sony Music and storms into the Indonesian music scene with their straight, plug n play, garage rock style music with their debut album, Whatever You Say. Critics were shocked and wrote mixed reviews about them. Pros and cons aside, Speaker First set the bar and not long after, the rock music scene in Indonesia is geared up and become unstoppable.

Followed by a movie soundtrack Gie, another full length album, Dunia Milik Kita, and one EP Muda Dan Berani, Speaker First become one of the leading and highly respectable band in Indonesian rock music scene, along with their loyal and sometimes militant fanbase.


After ups and downs, the sun and the rain, the day and the night, and a brief hiatus
Speaker First is reunited, with their raucous, straight and no compromise sounds, coupled
with a thunderous drum bangs and a ballsy vocals.

They will take on the world stage and proud to represent their country and show the world
what Indonesian Rockers are capable of.
Madyx is the Alt-Pop brainchild of singer/songwriter and guitarist Michelle Blanchard. Madyx blends touches of P!nk (not just in her hair!) and Katy Perry with diverse influences ranging from Brody Dalle of The Distillers to Melissa Etheridge. Blanchard’s heartfelt and socially relevant lyrics matched with an undeniably infectious style of production will catch the attention of fans from all ages and backgrounds. The 9 song debut EP was recorded with GRAMMY nominated producer Brian Howes (Daughtry, Simple Plan, Hedley) in Los Angeles and is now available on iTunes along with her latest single "Where the Wild Things Are"!