An Evening With Matt Alber, Jon Garcia & Bridging Voices Benefitting Room To Grow – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – April 5th, 2017

An Evening With Matt Alber, Jon Garcia & Bridging Voices Benefitting Room To Grow

A benefit featuring PDX singer-songwriters and one of the USA's only queer/straight alliance choirs!

An Evening With Matt Alber, Jon Garcia & Bridging Voices Benefitting Room To Grow

April, 5th, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$5.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Local singer/songwriters & filmmakers Matt Alber & Jon Garcia are joined by Portland's raddest youth choir, Bridging Voices for a soulful evening of music benefitting a new documentary series about today's LGBTQ teenagers, Room To Grow.

Matt Alber
Matt Alber
"I was transported to beautiful, treacherous emotional terrain." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Portland-based singer/songwriter Matt Alber is currently touring his 4th self-produced studio album entitled, Wind Sand Stars. The album features original pop/folk art songs rooted in melody with vocals reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright, Iron & Wine, and John Grant.

In 2014, Lincoln Center in New York invited Matt to perform on their esteemed American Songbook series which garnered a printed review by the New York Times. In 2015, he was selected by the U.S. State Department as a musical ambassador to Russia, Hungary, Kosovo and to Sudan, Africa where he taught recording arts & sciences to young artists in Khartoum.

Matt's music has been featured on ABC Family's series "The Fosters" and "Bones" and he appears on two Grammy Award-winning classical albums recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch with the acapella men's ensemble Chanticleer.
Jon Garcia
Jon Garcia
Jon Garcia is a genre jumping Folk Rocker who resides in beautiful Portland, Oregon. He is often compared to artists such as David Garza and Tim Buckley.

Garcia's 2006 debut was a self titled release best described as a portfolio of projected good things to come. His sophomore album, The Lake, is a focused collection of beautifully composed songs completed over the course of three and a half years. The record was produced by long time recording guru Robert Bartleson whose resume includes Wilco, and Jeff Hansonand. Mikael Naramore of Terrestial Records also worked on the album. An array of noted Portland musicians and friends performed on The Lake. The arrangements of the songs are refreshingly versatile; violins and harps create flowing, lovely instrumentation on one track, followed by a more fleshed out four-piece rock band approach on the next. Additionally, Garcia's vocal performance throughout the record ably showcases his impressive range, while delivering thought proving lyrics. Set for release in early spring, The Lake, is a more than notable follow up to his self-titled debut.

With a new CD and a movie on the way, Jon Garcia will be heading out on a national and UK tour this summer to promote both bodies of work.
Bridging Voices
The Mission of Bridging Voices (the Portland GSA Youth Chorus) is to create a safe, welcoming and accessible place for queer, straight, and questioning youth to experience empowerment and unity through music. It also aims to break down the foundations of homophobia and transphobia through diversity and visibility. Bridging Voices is Portland’s only Queer/Straight Alliance Chorus for youth, one of just twelve in the nation. It is a NON-AUDITION chorus—meaning everyone can participate—and it serves the greater Portland area, with students coming together from 18 different schools, as far away as Vancouver, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Wilsonville.

Bridging Voices is also a place for youth to be themselves—without excuse or explanation. One parent wrote about Bridging Voices: “I have seen some kids come in through the door with dark, stormy clouds over their heads and in a matter of months, one day a week, transform into more confident young adults who are comfortable sharing what’s on their minds and for once, being themselves.”