Samuel Eisen Meyers & The Joyful Noise – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – January 6th, 2019

Samuel Eisen Meyers & The Joyful Noise

Vortex Magazine Presents

Samuel Eisen Meyers & The Joyful Noise

PDX Songwriters Circle Ft. Haley Johnsen, Amenta Abioto, Clara Baker, Margaret Wehr, Craig Irby, Jr.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Samuel Eisen Meyers & The Joyful Noise
Samuel Eisen Meyers & The Joyful Noise
Samuel Eisen - Meyers has been slowly plotting his next work, rearranging the pieces and reimagining how this whole thing works long-term. A lifetime Portland resident, Eisen-Meyers works full time both in music and the visual arts, though has spent the last few years consumed with oil and canvas.

Eisen-Meyers cut his musical teeth early and by the age of 13, was performing regularly with blues groups in Portland, OR. At 18 he began writing and performing his own original material, while actively touring and supporting other artists and songwriters. With roots in blues, pop, soul and groove music, he developed a fond appreciation for the expansiveness and colors of modern jazz. While frequenting the west coast festival and club circuit with bands out of Portland, Seattle and Bellingham, he wrote and recorded three albums between 2009-2014. Now at the ripe young age of 28 he returns with the first release since 2014 entitled The Heart of the Soul Pt. 1 – a culmination of years of composing and building what Eisen-Meyers calls, “Joyful Noise.”
PDX Songwriters Circle Ft. Haley Johnsen
PDX Songwriters Circle Ft. Haley Johnsen
Haley Johnsen is a singer songwriter best characterized by her powerhouse vocals and unique lyrical perspective. Drawing inspiration from acts like Bonnie Raitt and Grace Potter, and Brandi Carlile, Haley writes and sings with a determination that is willful, playful, but never forced.

Haley recently finished touring as lead support for The Wind and The Wave all across the United States. Her second EP, When You Lit The Sky, was released in the spring of 2017. Tracks like "When I Loved You" and "Weekend" showcase Haley's blues-rock style and ability to belt a sultry anthem, while tracks like "Let's Go To The Moon" and "Carry On" carry both the strength and femininity of her full vocal range.

Born in Oregon to musical parents, Haley grew up around everything from pop, classic rock, country, and gospel, an appreciable quality that is easily recognized in her original songs. As a student, she began to learn the guitar, quickly shifting her focus from choral and a cappella ensembles to her solo work. Her first national attention came from a strong run on a reality music competition, and has since maintained a strong following that stretches well beyond her hometown of Portland.

She is currently back in the recording studio, having just released her two new singles "Lift Me Up" and "Close to You", two songs that represent her duality as a rock performer as well as emotive and powerful pop singer.

"Lift Me Up" is a instantly hooky, big chorus, big appeal roots rocker. Haley Johnsen shows great growth and evolution as a writer and performer, and should now be on your radar; she is going places fast!
-Brad Savage
Amenta Abioto
Amenta Abioto
Amenta Abioto is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Memphis, TN. In her one-woman performance, she builds vocal and instrumental loops from kalimba, synth, drum machine, and guitar creating atmospheric textures. Weaved into syncopated rhythms and dichotomies of comedic proportions, Amenta surprises and tantalizes audiences with mind bending ideas while skipping vocally from soul-shaking gospel to smooth jazz. Her music is boldly mystical and soul-fired, and her raw live performances invoke elements of both theatrical surprise and magic through ancient African diasporic sounds and stories. Amenta familiarized herself with the stage and studied theater throughout school. Amenta moved to Portland, OR in 2010 where she began her musical career. After forming one band, dopebeds, her solo project made debut in Spring of 2012. Since then Amenta has released three projects and toured with The Blow, Secret Drum Band, and Typhoon.
Clara Baker
Clara Baker
Clara Baker, born and raised in Portland, OR, grew up around music. She sang harmonies with her mom, learned fiddle from her dad, and spent summers jamming at bluegrass festivals and fiddle contests with her brother. Listening to her parents' old Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, and Dixie Chicks albums inspired Clara to save up enough money to buy a guitar, and at 18 years old she started writing songs.

Since then, Clara has spent the past nine years writing songs, recording, and touring through 15+ states. Her 2015 debut album, Temporary Things, was successfully funded on Kickstarter and was released to widespread radio play in the US and internationally. It charted as top-played (#38) for two months in a row on national folk DJ charts.

In Clara’s music you’ll hear lyrics about old mountains, vivid and poignant stories of Willamette valley clearcuts, and love that's like "one day of sun, six days of rain". These songs also relay stories of a deeply introspective young woman-- someone who can take the sadness of heartache and add many sweet notes. On stage, Clara is sincere, charismatic, and thoughtful. She performs with confidence, easy humor, and fearlessness. Her instantly comforting voice draws you in, while her powerful guitar playing shows a striking level of musicality and mastery of her instrument.

Clara lives in Portland and tours nationally solo and with folk trio Five Letter Word. She's shared the stage with Chicago bluegrass outfit Henhouse Prowlers, and singer-songwriters like Beth Wood, Taylor Kingman, Matt The Electrician, John Craigie, and many more. Her forthcoming sophomore album (due for a 2019 release) was recorded live to tape with Grammy-winning engineer Brian Joseph (Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Kathleen Edwards), produced by Shane Leonard (Anna Tivel, The Stray Birds, Kristin Andreassen), and featuring Courtney Hartman (Della Mae, Robert Ellis) and Zachariah Hickman (Ray LaMontagne, Josh Ritter) with guest appearances by Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin.
Margaret Wehr
Margaret Wehr
Maggie Gibson, 25, is a midwestern singer/songwriter with a deep love for the towering pines and vast oceans of the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by a wide variety of musical styles, these songs exude a healing, empowering honesty and an unabashed vulnerability that will stick with you, regardless of your musical preferences.
Craig Irby, Jr.
Craig Irby, Jr.
Craig Irby Jr is about creating positive uplifting experiences through live musical performances and recorded sounds.