Date(s) - August 13, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Orleans Blues Legend
CHRIS THOMAS KING
The First Salmonberry Saloon Pre-Opening Party
Sunday August 13th
Matinee: 4pm, All-Ages (bar with ID) (TICKET LINK)
Evening: 7:30pm, 21+ (TICKET LINK)
Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist, producer, composer and actor Chris Thomas King was born in 1962. He grew up among the finest blues musicians in the genre at his father’s south Louisiana juke joint Tabby’s Blues Box and Heritage Hall, and began touring with artists like Buddy Guy and B. B. King in his teens. King has recorded numerous albums and toured internationally for more than 35 years. His slide acoustic guitar is unparalleled on Robert Johnson’s Cross Road Blues.
As a respected actor and film composer, Chris garnered high praise for his role as Delta blues man Tommy Johnson in his film debut O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and won several awards, including Country Music and Grammy Awards for his contribution to the score. He followed up this success with a strong supporting role in the Oscar Winning Ray Charles biopic, Ray, playing band leader Lowell Fulson and scoring the music for the movie with Ray Charles. He played the role of Blind Willie Johnson in the award winning Martin Scorsese PBS series The Blues and has been featured in or produced and starred in a number of other films and documentaries.
North Coast regional food, beer, wine & cocktail menu available.
380 Marine Drive
*The Salmonberry Saloon is the new project of concert promoter Chantelle Hylton (Portland, NYC) and contemporary artist & teacher Patrick Rock (Portland, San Francisco). The Salmonberry Saloon is a restaurant, bar and venue on the North Oregon Coast, in Wheeler on the Nehalem Bay, established in celebration of Wheeler’s past as a fishing village and mill town. Food and drink will be locally sourced and stoke the bounty of the North Oregon Coast. The Saloon is set to officially open its doors in October; this Chris Thomas King show is a special pre-opening party.
Chantelle Hylton spent more than a decade producing and promoting shows in Portland (Blackbird, Berbati’s Pan, Satyricon, Towne Lounge; Halleluwah Festival of Enthused Arts, Portland Folk Festival) and New York City (Knitting Factory, Webster Hall; Northside Music Festival) and founded her concert promotion company Blackbird Presents in 2002. Her focus was bringing well-respected and little known artists to Portland before it was “New Portland,” and reestablishing New York City’s Knitting Factory to its former glory as a world-class destination for emerging and well-established artists. She moved back to the Pacific Northwest from NYC in 2010 and established Blackbird Farm, where she turned to farming as a much-needed break from the changing music industry.
Patrick Rock is a conceptual artist and the founder and director of ROCKSBOXCONTEMPORARYFINEART in Portland, Oregon. ROCKSBOX functioned as a short-term international artist residency and exhibition space with a mandate to support artists producing contemporary conceptual and performance-influenced work. Rock is the director and co-founder of the free summer school C.O.P.S. (Conceptual Oregon Performance School) a free performance and critique-based program. Rock is also a co-creator of A Portland Conversation In Culture, a printed and online guide to contemporary art venues in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver BC. Rock is alumnus of the New Genres/Studio-10 program at the San Francisco Art Institute. His most recent gig was artist in residence and MFA instructor in the photo department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with accompanying ROCKSBOX/PONTIAC in Pontiac, Michigan, and the MFA Coordinator/Studio Practice at Portland State University. Rock has exhibited his performance, installation, sculpture, and video work internationally over the past two decades.