Concert Review: Florence + The Machine Charms Portland

Florence + the Machine gave a spirited performance on Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR to a near capacity crowd with many adoring fans who hung on to every word, body twirl and even instruction. The face and name behind the band name, Florence Welch looked radiant wearing an all-white outfit that shimmered silver at times with bell bottoms that would make anyone into 1970s fashion nostalgic. She often glowed in front of the rest of her bandmates, outfitted in black. Welch was graceful, a bubble of energy and sang beautifully through the 16 song, hour and 45 … Continue reading Concert Review: Florence + The Machine Charms Portland

Profile: Steven Whitaker

Steven Whitaker has been writing songs almost since the first day he picked up a guitar. He played in a rock cover band for years, but continued to write original songs on the side and recorded rough drafts of his song ideas in his home studio. But he never released an album. The working schedule of a UPS delivery driver doesn’t exactly provide much room or leftover energy for extensive writing and recording sessions so the years went by as Whitaker’s recording computer got the best of his talents as the pile of song ideas piled up. He kept telling … Continue reading Profile: Steven Whitaker

Concert Review: Duran Duran Heats Up Agua Caliente Casino

Two days after selling out the 17,000 seat Hollywood Bowl, Duran Duran sold out the 2,000 seat Agua Caliente Casino on Saturday in Rancho Mirage, CA. Yes, casino. You know the type of place most “has-been” bands recycle on their endless tours. But this place is different. Much different. And well worth the extra long drive into 100 degree desert heat past Palm Springs. Sure there’s something to be said about the “iconic” Hollywood Bowl nestled in the Hollywood hills just a few blocks from the Walk of Fame and that famous Chinese Theater. But there is also something to … Continue reading Concert Review: Duran Duran Heats Up Agua Caliente Casino