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Bisi Ashley is Adebisi Okuneye, a West African name in the Yoruba language meaning "another added to the crown." Through the healing sounds of their neo-soul music Bisi Ashley and her 6 sworn band mates are manifesting her truest self and creating a tribe of lovers, listeners, artists, free thinkers, and kind hearted people. Join us.

Bisi Okuneye- Lead Vocals
Lee Hauser- Drums/Percussion
Stephanie Kitson- Bass Guitar/Vox
Miguel Hernandez- Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Julian Lopez- Keyboard/Piano
Keith Cheek- Tenor Sax/Flute
Jeff Chilton- Trombone/Vox

Adebisi was cleared by a grand jury of assault against a MAGA hat wearing neo-Nazi on September 5th.

Adebisi on Facebook

Adebisi will appear on the October 13th episode

guest, musicJoseph Lyons
Complimentary Colors

One December day in 2016, two songbirds, Camille Rose and Ashley Elizabeth, flew in to each other’s paths in the Pacific Northwest. As winter faded and their love bloomed, the folk-pop of Complimentary Colors was born.

Complimentary Colors dances through a rainbow of emotions with childlike joy as they play small, often unusual instruments behind their lush harmonies. Hear them explore their folk and country roots together, adding touches of the theatrical, while they steal your heart with their catchy, heartfelt tunes and the love that they share.

Complimentary Colors on Facebook

Complimentary Colors’s Website

guest, musicJoseph Lyons
Karma Rivera

With her clever, edgy lyricism and riotous stage persona, Karma Rivera has risen to star status in the Portland rap scene. The emerging rapper and Hype queen explores the strength and value behind words with meaning, and she does this without seeking to fall on a commercial loophole of music that hardly displays artistic value. While difficult to holistically label, her music lies within the genre realms of rap, hip-hop, and latin trap yet is characterized by an unrivaled individualist style. Driven by passion from writing and performing, Karma covers a wide range of subjects such as sexual identity, how it is to be a woman and a rap artist in the music industry and the musical and cultural movements behind her Afro-Latina roots (Puerto Rican descent). Although originally from Chicago, Karma began making music while attending Washington State University. Today, Karma has gained notoriety in Portland by embracing the opportunity to open for artists like CupcakKe, Princess Nokia, Chief Keef, Xavier Wulf and Snow tha Product. While she’s driven to continue dominating the local Portland scene, her ambitions are to bring her bouncy and catchy sound to the mainstream.

Karma Rivera on Facebook

Karma on Soundcloud

Karma Rivera’s Website

guest, musicJoseph Lyons
Adam Carpinelli

Adam Carpinelli breaks the sound barrier; creating ripples in the space time continuum altering futures in cosmic dimensions.  As a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, electric bass, drumset and percussion; his compositions take music to a new level fusing American styles such as jazz and funk with genres from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.   His studies of world music started with Ghanaian drumming; having performed, and recorded for Obo Addy, the late Master Drummer.   Adam currently performs and records with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop from Baaba Maal’s band in a new  project called “Walo Walo.”  He resides in Portland, Oregon where he performs with ShvvvrWamba and World Beat Collective.

Adam on Facebook

Shvvvr on Facebook

Adam Carpinelli’s Website

Adam Carpinelli will appear on the July 14th episode of My Real Portland!

causes, music, guestJoseph Lyons
Season 2 Episode 3: Belinda Carroll, Jasmine Pettet, Shannon Olive, and Amanda Richards

Enjoy Comedian Belinda Carroll @belindacomedy, Storyteller Jasmine Pettet of @telltalepdx, Singer Songwriter Amanda Richards @theamandarichards, and Shannon Olive of Rebuild Women First, a project that helps women transition out of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon's primary women only prison, in Wilsonville. Recorded live on Mother’s Day May 12 at the Jade Lounge.

You can download the link below to listen whereever you’d like, or simply visit the homepage for links to the podcast on most popular podcasting platforms/apps.

Joaquin Lopez
Joaquin Lopez

Joaquin Lopez

Joaquin and I’ve known each other for over a quarter century! We first met at in the theater department at Southern Oregon State College in the early 90s and our paths continue to cross here on stage.

I came out as a fabulous gay boy in 1989. Being out in middle school and high school was hard. I wrestled with feeling isolated at home, being bullied at school, and feeling unwanted. I got through this period of my life with my close girlfriends dancing to Erasure, Madonna, and New Order at the underage dance clubs in downtown Portland. We found PRIDE on the dance floor!

I am that 14-year old boy who is feminine, creative, and full of life. I got lost along the way, but today, I'm ready to return and be seen for who I am. 

I dedicate this album to all of us queer kids who choose life, who choose freedom and self-expression, and who choose love. 


Joaquin’s 2019 Kickstarter

Joaquin on Facebook and on Facebook.


Amanda Richards

Amanda came into my consciousness after she did costumes for my friend and My Real Portland guest Charmian Creagle. Charmian and her husband’s company The Reformers mounted an awesome adaptation of King Lear this year and the costumes were hysterical - made out of Maruchan ramen packages!

Amanda Richards creates her distinctive alternative country music deftly balanced on the fulcrum between tradition and contemporary rock innovation. It has won the Portland, OR-based singer, songwriter, musician and entertainer an Independent Music Award, six first-round Grammy nominations, critical acclaim, international attention, leading light stature on her city's burgeoning neo-roots scene with her band The Good Long Whiles, and devoted fans that savor the sharpness she brings to a wealth of tried and true musical sounds. Over the course of five albums this multi-talented young woman has risen to become an artist making her mark in Americana and beyond. As critic Paul Riley declares in England's Country Music People, "Right now I regard Amanda Richards one of country music's most important singers."
She certainly has stamped her singular imprint with her 2011 release, Play Dead, a wry and delightfully frightening musical indie zombie flick in song that prompted Willamette Week to observe, "If Sam Raimi and Bonnie Raitt had a baby, it might turn out an awful lot like Amanda Richards." Her deft feel for the finest old-school country, rock, blues and folk strains is something she comes by honestly and in fact genetically as the granddaughter of Rusty Richards, who sang and played with cowboy music legends The Sons of the Pioneers for nearly two decades and is the patriarch of a family musical lineage Amanda now advances into the third generation. It takes just a listen to agree with the Portland Tribune that she "not only sings her heart out and picks guitar, she’s also pretty dang funny," and, as Whisperin and Hollerin declares, "is a fine storyteller, narrating her tales of heartache with a brutally honest pen."
Born into music in Orange County, CA while her father led one the area's leading outlaw C&W acts, Jason Richards & the Silverado Band, Amanda was stepping up onstage to sing with her father at his standing shows at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and other Southern California venues from soon after she started to walk. As she explains, "Music has been my whole thing my whole life" – alongside such other artistic pursuits as a henna body artist, interior designer, muralist and more – "and I got really comfortable when I was really young singing in front of people." At age 17 Richards played her first paid solo show: four hours onstage that earned her $400. "After that every other gig I did was easy."
Not much later she made her recorded debut in 2001 with an EP, Last Train, followed by the albums Not Always Sexy (2004) and Live at Mississippi Studios (2006). With Who Has Your Heart in 2009 Richards earned Grammy nominations for Song of the Year, Best Female Country Performance, and two nods each for Record of the Year and Best Country Song. Play Dead won the Best Concept Album Independent Music Award, and was hailed as a "masterpiece... incredible" (Country Music People) and "both sweet and enduring" (Portland Mercury). Two years later she refashioned eight classic Christmas songs into an imaginatively unique holiday album, Bleak Winter.
Richards has become a frequent and popular presence on the Portland live music scene, playing with her band – Steve Moore on lap steel, banjo and guitar, bassist Andrew Clapp and drummer Mark Powers – as well as solo and in duo configurations at such venues as the Aladdin and Alberta Rose Theaters, Laurelthirst Public House and other Portland area clubs. She has been featured on NPR's River City Folk in an hour-long interview and appeared at SXSW 2008 as a finalist in FameCast's Pop Phenom competition live show and webcast. Her Play Dead performances have evolved into musical theater extravaganzas with Amanda and her musicians playing out the story in full undead regalia.
It all adds up to a "bold-voiced artist" (CoOpted), "highly talented songwriter" (Country Music People), alluring live performer who takes audiences on a journey through many different styles and moods, and skilled songwriter whose releases are delicately crafted and beautifully realized. "She’s spellbinding across the spectrum," concludes the Portland Tribune, "and a standout whose star is on the rise."


music, guestJoseph Lyons
Season 2 Episode 2: Nathan Hart, Jo Ann Hardesty, Laura Ivancie
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What a dream this show was! Now, I cut the game show out from the show as my mic was crackly and didn’t sound great. The conversation I had with Jo Ann Hardesty was one of the most amazing evenings of my life. Nathan Hart is fantastic and hilarious - follow him at @starvinghartist everywhere. And Laura Ivancie - what an original gem and the songs she plays at the end of the show complete a super delightful evening. Recorded live at the Jade Lounge at 24th and SE Ankeny on April 14th, 2019.

Nathan Hart

Jo Ann Hardesty

Laura Ivancie

You can download the link below to listen whereever you’d like, or simply visit the homepage for links to the podcast on most popular podcasting platforms/apps.

Next Show April 14! Phenomenal Line Up!!!!

The next My Real Portland features Comedian Nathan Hart (Harvey’s Comedy, The Hard Times , Earthquake Hurricane), City of Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty (Oregon House of Representatives, US Navy, NAACP Portland Chapter, Albina Ministerial Alliance, KBOO), and Laura Ivancie (Waterfront Blues Festival, International Songwriting Competition, Portland Rose Festival). All that, plus a game show and great German food and beer!

Jade Lounge, 23rd and SE Ankeny, Happy Hour at 5:30, Show starts at 6 PM

Laura Ivancie

Laura Ivancie has performed at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, on the Backwater Blues Cruise along-side revered saxophonist Reggie Houston and Grammy nominated pianist, Janice Scroggins, for three consecutive years (2011 thru 2013). Laura’s original song, “Candy,” (Dance/ Electronica) earned semi-finalist recognition among 18K song submissions in the International Songwriting Competition (2014). She has shared the stage with blues legend Norman Sylvester; world-renowned musicians: Jay “Bird” Koder, Eddie Martinez, Gerald and Thaddeus Turner, Gary Fountain, Darrius Willrich, Ramsey Embick, Tyrone Hendrix and Michael Braun. Laura has opened for the iconic Portland band NU SHOOZ at the Portland Rose Festival and kicked off the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival with her band on Miller South Main Stage (2015). Other notable national acts that Laura has opened for include: An Horse (Late Show with David Letterman, 2009), Ladi6 (Best Female Solo Artist in New Zealand, 2011), Vicci Martinez (NBC Finalist for The Voice, Season 8), David Ryan Harris (Former guitarist for John Mayer), Grammy Award-winning folk rock group, The Indigo Girls, and for Grammy Award-winning Neo soul superstar Bilal (2017).  Laura Ivancie was most recently a featured solo acoustic artist at the infamous House of Blues Las Vegas (2018).