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To say that Portlanders are severely missing live music opportunities is quite an understatement. It majorly sucks to not be able to safely gather with friends, celebrate, and imbibe while experiencing an artist in one of Portland’s unique live settings. Though one thing to be grateful for during this time is that we have technology to keep us connected and entertained—particularly video streaming capabilities! Which brings me to an exciting announcement:

Introducing the Mercury Music Series—a new virtual streaming showcase featuring locally-based artists, providing a rare chance to experience live performance (in some form) during the continuing pandemic. The series, curated by yours truly, will also provide our featured Portland-based artists an opportunity to earn cash from performing, while simultaneously raising much needed funds for the Mercury. And because we know that times are tough, ticket prices are available on a sliding scale. Through your support, the Merc hopes to continue producing this series until live venues are able to open again, while also supporting artists during this difficult time. (Psst: If you’re a locally-based artist interested in performing in a future installment of the Mercury Music Series, please let us know by emailing music@portlandmercury.com.)

We're excited to announce that our first edition of the Mercury Music Series features the illustrious singer/songwriter from Trinidad and Tobago, Blossom (AKA Keisha Chiddick).

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In addition to being one of Portland’s favorite singers within the soul/jazz/R&B arena, Chiddick is also a farmer, photographer, creative director, visual producer, and activist. Known for her chill, soulful delivery, gregarious personality, and malleable career path, Blossom has put out a couple of super solid albums in recent years: her excellent 2017 debut LP Tease, and its 2019 follow-up Maybe. During the pandemic, Chiddick took on a leadership role at Sanctuary Produce Farm, and put out Things I Whispered In the Dark, a delightful collaborative three-track EP with Charlie 3rown and producer Samuel Elsen-Meyers. We've been jazzed about Blossom for a few years now, and have covered her enchanting music career on several occasions. Until we can bask in Blossom’s radiant musical presence in person again, this intimate performance, filmed live on the Polaris Hall stage, just might tide you over. Blossom performs a 30-minute set, accompanied by Charlie 3rown on keys.

Watch the teaser below and click here to buy tickets to access the live recording, streaming on January 28 at 8 pm.