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Enjoy a special concert to celebrate LGBTQ Pride and diversity, and explore how music shapes our identities and connects us to our communities. Join AARP Oregon, Pride Northwest, SAGE Metro PDX, and guests from around the country for a free virtual concert featuring performances by Angie K, Amythyst Kiah, and Tatiana Hargreaves & Jake Blount. This Pride Couch Concert: Connecting through Music originally aired on June 15, 2021.

Recently named a 'highway find' by Sirius XM, Angie K is shaking up Nashville with her fresh blend of modern and Latin country. The El Salvador born and Georgia raised country artist just released her new single ‘Real Talk’, which has immediately been added to mega-playlists ‘Wild Country’ and ‘New Boots’ on Spotify as well as ‘Breaking Country’ on Apple Music.

Amythyst Kiah’s Rounder Records debut, Wary + Strange, marks the glorious combination of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion and the roots/old-time music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years, including recognition from Rolling Stone as “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.”

Over the past decade, Tatiana Hargreaves has been on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Providence, RI. Together, Blount & Hargreaves join forces to shine a light upon the string-band music of Black and Native American communities.

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Angie K

Recently named a 'highway find' by Sirius XM, Angie K is shaking up Nashville with her fresh blend of modern and Latin country. The El Salvador born and Georgia raised country artist just released her new single ‘Real Talk’, which has immediately been added to mega-playlists ‘Wild Country’ and ‘New Boots’ on Spotify as well as ‘Breaking Country’ on Apple Music. Touring an average of 10-12 cities a month for the past 8 years, Angie has played over 1000+ live shows. In 2017, her Disney duet with Jordan Fisher, ‘Happily Ever After’, became the soundtrack to the nightly fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. The single has already amassed over 20 million cumulative streams. Angie has opened for artists like Jake Owen, Tanya Tucker, Sammy Kershaw, Trace Adkins, Melissa Etheridge, and more.

Amythyst Kiah

Amythyst Kiah’s Rounder Records debut, Wary + Strange, marks the glorious combination of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion and the roots/old-time music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years, including recognition from Rolling Stone as “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.” With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, the Tennessee-bred singer/songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she most recently revealed as part of Our Native Daughters—an all-women-of-color supergroup whose Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the 2019 Folk Alliance International Awards. When met with the transcendent quality of her newly elevated sound, what emerges is an extraordinary vessel for Kiah’s songwriting: a raw yet nuanced examination of grief, alienation, and the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance. With the arrival of Wary + Strange, Kiah aims to offer listeners the same sense of purposeful escape that music has long provided her, all while building an undeniable sense of communion with her audience. “For anyone who’s struggled with grief or trauma, or felt left out and weird and like they didn’t belong, I hope this album lets them know that they’re not alone in that feeling,” says Kiah. “I hope they understand the experiences I’m trying to relay to them, and I hope they come away from these songs knowing that they can heal from whatever it is that they’re going through.”

Tatiana Hargreaves

Over the past decade, Tatiana Hargreaves has been on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. From placing first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest, to her bluegrass fiddling on Laurie Lewis’ GRAMMY-nominated album The Hazel And Alice Sessions, Hargreaves shows a musical fluency that flows between old time and bluegrass worlds with ease. She has toured with musicians such as Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky and Jake Blount. She currently tours with banjo extraordinaire Allison de Groot and teaches bluegrass fiddle at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Together, Blount & Hargreaves join forces to shine a light upon the string-band music of Black and Native American communities. They present tunes and songs from musicians of color as stripped-down duets on banjo, fiddle, and voice, drawing the audience into the largely forgotten landscape of this diverse and powerful musical tradition. As a duo, they have performed at venues such as National Museum of American History, Appalachian State University, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

Jake Blount

Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Providence, RI. He is half of the internationally touring duo Tui, a 2020 Strathmore Artist in Residence and a board member of Bluegrass Pride. He is a 2020 recipient of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize. Although he is proficient in multiple performance styles, he specializes in the music of Black and indigenous communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work. Blount released his debut solo album, Spider Tales, on May 29, 2020 through Free Dirt Records. Produced by Jeff Claus and Judy Hyman (of the Horse Flies) and featuring Tatiana Hargreaves, Nic Gareiss, Rachel Eddy and Haselden Ciaccio, the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and received widespread critical praise. The Guardian declared it an 'instant classic' and awarded it five out of five stars. Bandcamp selected it as Album of the Day, and it received positive coverage in NPR, Rolling Stone Country, Billboard Pride and AV Club. Together, Blount & Hargreaves join forces to shine a light upon the string-band music of Black and Native American communities. They present tunes and songs from musicians of color as stripped-down duets on banjo, fiddle, and voice, drawing the audience into the largely forgotten landscape of this diverse and powerful musical tradition. As a duo, they have performed at venues such as National Museum of American History, Appalachian State University, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
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