The Historic Old Church

Come on in to The Historic Old Church! We are a public events and performance venue located in downtown Portland’s cultural West End district. This historic jewel is a remarkable community space, home to concerts, lectures, ceremonies and receptions. In fact, we host a free noon sack lunch recital every Wednesday! Read below for our latest updates, click on Calendar to check out what’s happening here, and sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss our great events!

Occidental Gypsy with opening act Brian Oberlin at The Historic Old Church – Saturday, July 11 at 8:00pm

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Friday, July 11                                                                                                                                     8:00pm

Advance Tickets $18 – $20 at the door                                                                                     Available at: http://occidentalgypsy.bpt.me/

Door 7:30pm  –   All Ages  – Bar with I.D.

Nationally recognized Occidental Gypsy is pioneering the sound of World Gypsy music and  delivers an exhilarating blend of gypsy swing, jazz and world music with a roaring acoustic sound.

Their mélange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of gypsy swing, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of pop and complex structures of jazz delivers a thrilling auditory experience to listeners.

Coming off a recent tour with Wynton Marsalis, Occidental’s violinist prodigy Eli Bishop rouses audiences with his expert, lightning-fast violin. Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces along with many notable covers like a  “gypsyfied” take of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

The Boston Globe has named them a “Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment,” and musician David Bromberg said of the group, “great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkqvmQLaubg

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Choro Das 3 performing at The Historic Old Church – Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00pm

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On Tuesday June 17th, at 7 pm – Choro das 3 will play at The Old Church as part of their 3-month tour of the US.

Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/664889

Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father –  who have been playing together officially as a band since 2003. Corina, 25, plays flute and piccolo. Lia, 23, plays 7-string guitar. Elisa, 20, plays mandolin, banjo, clarinet and piano. Their father, Eduardo, plays pandeiro (the Brazilian tambourine.)

The group specializes in the genre known as Choro, which originated in Rio de Janeiro in the 19th Century. While there are elements of Samba in the music, Choro more accurately occupies a place in Brazilian culture roughly equivalent to Jazz. Choro das 3 studied at the feet of the old masters, some of whom had played with the founders of Choro, such as Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim.

They have been hailed by critics in Brazil and abroad, who have said of their music:

“… interpretations of extreme creativity … a wonderful job of preservation and at the same time, renovation and modernization of Choro”  ~ Toninho Spessoto, Blog Acordes

“Choro das 3 . . . represents the newest and most talented music in the Brazilian landscape” ~Bom Dia

“… some of the most inspired and inspiring music . . . the highest level of musicianship and presentation,” ~American Mandolinist Mike Marshall

They will be joined in this concert by the excellent Portland ensembles “The Brazillionaires” and “Rio Con Brio.”

In Brazil, Choro das 3 has given performances for the last two Presidents, and play regularly for audiences of thousands. They recently appeared on the famous Jo Soares’s Brasilian talk show. Here’s some video of that show — it is Portuguese, but even if you do not speak the language – you can still see that the sisters are delightful and massively talented.

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Here’s some music from that show:

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Hope to see you there!

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