Whether you’re a lifelong soul fan or a casual listener on the hunt for your new favorite band, Portland’s Soul’d Out Music Festival has plenty to offer any audience. Founded in 2010, the annual music festival aspires to unite music lovers of all generations and provide a platform for artists often overlooked by the commercial industry.
“Soulful, uplifting music, recreated in the live setting, is one of the most healing and profound means of expression humanity has,” explain the festival’s founders. “This music is the most effective tool of bringing about positive social evolution. We offer this festival as the beginning of a new movement towards realizing music’s inherent healing and transformative qualities, and as a means of applying these qualities directly in our ever-expanding community.”
Soul’d Out Music Festival 2017
Soul’d Out returned April 19–23, 2017 for its eighth iteration, bringing jazz, funk, electronic, fusion and hip-hop artists from around the world to Portland’s coolest venues. Headliners included Solange, the “queen of next wave R&B,” as well as big names like Big Freedia, Dead Prez and the legendary Ohio Players.
Jazz lovers attended the shows at favorite venues around Portland, including the glamorous Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Wonder Ballroom, Doug Fir Lounge, the Crystal Ballroom, Star Theater, Dante’s, the Roseland and Mississippi Studios, as well as funk havens Goodfoot Lounge and Holocene.