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Welcome to the show singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer/sound engineer/master engineer, The Cyber Phounkist Ultra Van Krome! “UVK“ hails from Portland Oregon and proudly flaunts a PHD in Phounkology, having  played with the best in the music industry from global stars Miles Davis. Prince, George Clinton, Chaka Kahn, Tower of Power, Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado, The Esquires, Janice Scroggins, TC Coleman, the Mayther brothers, LaRhonda Steele and SO many more!

1990 Oregon Hall of Fame Inductee UVK sings & plays all the instruments on his studio outings. The brainchild & alter ego of Producer multi-instrumentalists Stevie Ray Mays, aka “Ultra Van Krome LLC“.

“You’s a Twisted Mha Phugga, Van Krome!“
– Miles Davis to a sold out performance in Portland OR in 1986

“Miles loves you, so you gottsta be Twisted, at least that’s what he told me “
– Prince 1986

UVK has a new album produced by Dan Reed, fronted by slammin’ new single “Chocolate Rocket“ features a killer video produced by Dan Pred / Video Media. Check it out, and then check us out when we go live on All Access Live with Kevin Rankin!

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“Sarah Moon brings a blast of pure rock to our ears as she packs commanding vocals and flying guitars into every second of her new release ‘Cut & Run’. Both the melody and vocals carry the essence of great rock songs in their core and inject this directly into your veins. Her performance is passionate, charming and an absolute pleasure to listen to.”

Not only does Sarah have a new album of her material with a stellar all-star cast of the Pacific Northwest’s strongest talent, but she’s also producing a series of “Unexpected Duets”, the first of which she premieres live on All Access Live!  The new video and recording of The Mayfield Four’s “Summergirl” features a vocal duet pairing Sarah with The Loyal Order’s Jeff Buehner. Produced by Rob Daiker, the video is a hauntingly beautiful rendition one of Myles Kennedy’s strongest ballads. Can’t wait to share it with you and get to know more about the talented dynamo Sarah Moon!

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For those of you that missed them on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands”, Appetite for Deception is the world’s most authentic Guns n’ Roses Tribute. These guys have been touring the Pacific Northwest and beyond, amassing a trove of ridiculous and awesome experiences, and they plan to share them with you all on All Access Live! Some of the funniest guys I know, which we ALL need right now! Come join us live on Thursday February 9 at 7pm Pacific!

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Deep in the roots of Portland, Oregon’s rock scene, veteran rockstar Lamar Stilwell scorched the stages throughout the 90s and 2000s. Having toured extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest, Lamar fronted Portland favorite’s “Grindstone” well over a decade before forming Seattle-area’s Point Defiance. That band continued to shine due to Stilwell’s hook-laden grit-rock, catching the eye of Snoop Dogg and collaborating on a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame”.

Lamar continues to write his emotionally-driven power rock, balancing that focus with his love and passion as a husband and father. We’ve done many gigs together in the Northwest, and now we’ll reconnect to share his mindset and hear some of his material in an intimate live environment. Fans of the “golden years” of Portland’s rock scene will love this meetup!

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In the mid-1990s, a Portland, Oregon trio took the alternative rock scene by force. Fronted by the eternally powerful voice and bass prowess of Lea Krueger, On a Llama played nearly every venue in the Pacific Northwest. Supported by guitarist/songwriter Greg Kirkelie and Kevin Rankin on drums, On a Llama amassed a fiercely loyal fan base, sold thousands of full length albums (self-titled in 1995, “Riddle Canon” in 1997) and left the music scene wanting more.

Decades later, I’m still asked often “whatever happened to…?”, and it just seems appropriate to reflect on the story behind the recordings, the incredible live shows, aspirations for the members, hilarious stories about the fans and supporters of the band, and see if we all can’t enjoy the beauty of the phase that embodied that band.

You’ll hear unreleased tracks, see some rare video performances and share conversations with lots of people involved with the band when you join us on Nov 16 at 5pm Pacific!

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Veteran bassist, sousaphonist and producer Don Schwarz recently completed his role as Technical Coordinator for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. We talk music for film and TV and how his relationship as a father shaped his perspective on the film, as well as the unique musical history of Portland, Oregon and our shared common musical family.

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Michele opens up about how important gratitude and spirituality has helped overcome some of life’s greatest challenges. Having been happily married for over 30 years, she also gives some great tips on how to maintain the best parts of a relationship. Loving life and those in it are such a visible part of Michele, and I’m grateful to have had her join me on the show to share those insights.

As a relative newcomer to the Northwest music scene, Michele brings breathtaking talent to the table. And though it would be easy to dismiss her as “eye candy”, her true beauty is both inside and out. There may not be a kinder soul on the planet, and those fortunate to enjoy her music in the Portland, Oregon area know how much of a gift she is.

Check out Night Rose (her full band) at https://nightrose.band on February 25, 2022 at 9pm:

Billy Blues Bar and Grill,
7115 NE Hazel Dell Ave,
Vancouver, WA 98665, USA

Also visit Midnight & Moonshine (her duet with Rich Petko) at: https://nightandshine.com.

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TOM GRANT, master instrumentalist, talented singer and natural entertainer nimbly walks the line between jazz tradition and modern pop. This soft-spoken Oregon native’s inspired songwriting produces propulsive R&B grooves, infectious melodic hooks, and stylish ballads with equal ease.

He plays jazz piano with the harmonic sophistication and deep sense of swing that only comes from more than four decades on the bandstand. As one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned musical artists, Tom Grant’s career achievements reflect his unique ability to embrace the full spectrum of contemporary music.

Tom has appeared on the Jay Leno show and was featured in many of the national music mags as well as in a CNN news spot. He’s also enjoyed large followings in Indonesia and Japan.

Today’s episode featured a private, live performance by the jazz phenom in his studio and a warm conversation about life, what it took to get the international recognition he’s been awarded, and the challenges along the way. We also discuss his talented wife Mary’s prolific talents as an artist, and having to share the world with someone dedicated passionately to their craft.

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Director Douglas Jenkins and cellist Skip vonKuske join All Access Live to discuss the diversely talented ensemble that has taken the Northwest to a new cultural realm.

In the fall of 2006 a group of 9 cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting.

Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once.

But slowly that one-off event became a second, and a third, cellists joined and left and rejoined the group again, to perform in Portland’s most popular clubs. By 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally-recognized performing, recording and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists. Cello Project (or PCP as their fans affectionately call them) were quickly appearing anywhere and everywhere in North America, from punk rock clubs to symphony halls, from street parties to exclusive private events. By 2010 this self-described horde of cellos were spending more than a quarter of the year touring, featuring a diverse repertoire that quickly ballooned to over 1,000 pieces of music.

Under the artistic direction of Douglas Jenkins, the group grew and evolved, working with an all-star group of cellists in the Pacific Northwest (Skip vonKuske, Diane Chaplin, Nancy Ives, Gideon Freudmann, Kevin Jackson, to name just a few…). The group developed a three-part philosophy that has mostly remained unchanged over the years:

  • To bring the cello places you wouldn’t normally see it (from wild dance parties, to formal symphony halls, to street parties, to Millennium Park in Chicago…).
  • To perform music on the cello you wouldn’t normally associate with the instrument alongside music from the Western Classical Tradition (from Pantera to Taylor Swift to Kanye West to Elliott Smith, alongside Bach, Rossini, and Saint-Saens, to name just a few…).
  • To build bridges between different musical communities through educational, community outreach, and through collaboration with myriad artists, from The Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Ural Thomas to Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) to Jolie Holland to Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), among many others, and cellists such as Ben Sollee, Maya Beiser and Zoe Keating.

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From the “Sunset Strip” of Portland in the 80s to his time with Prince at Paisley Park, Steve has run the gamut of lighting experiences. He’s been stationary with the Portland Trailblazers for 25 years now, but has also experienced relentless road time with Bellator MMA and countless bands. We have a lot of tour and travel stories to chat about!

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