Nico & Vinz – Show moved to Alhambra Theater – Wonder tix honored – Tickets – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – June 3rd, 2015

Nico & Vinz - Show moved to Alhambra Theater - Wonder tix honored

Double Tee & Dead Nation Present

Nico & Vinz - Show moved to Alhambra Theater - Wonder tix honored

Jason French, Sebastian Mikael, I$$A

Wednesday June 3

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

This event is all ages

This  Show has moved to the Alhambra Theater. All Wonder Tickets honored at new venue

Nico & Vinz
Nico & Vinz
Nico & Vinz are an international music sensation who have already set the European entertainment scene on fire. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, the singing/songwriting duo, made up of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery, has tapped into the heart of global culture by writing and performing songs that joyfully speak of life, love and identity. Though it's hard to name their sound, consider it reminiscent of The Police and Paul Simon's Graceland.

The pulse of good music throbs powerfully through their Afro-Norwegian veins. These exciting new songwriters of Ivorian and Ghanian backgrounds respectively have come together fusing their varied eclectic influences—from pop to reggae, West African dance to hip hop, rock to soul—to create an engaging sound featuring soul-stirring messages that claim high hopes for the future. "We are Norwegian and African," Vinz says, "It is important for us to inspire. We sing about things we've been going through and about finding ourselves. To us it's important to have a message, and the goal for us is to inspire people to find happiness."

Coming from a small country that has welcomed immigrants from all over the world has influenced these artists, pointing their vision toward what is possible if you put your heart to it. At first for Nico music was not his passion; it was soccer. For Vinz it was rapping. Since Nico & Vinz began working together five years ago, their mission has been laser sharp: to make magic in the studio, dream up the most imaginative videos to illustrate their ideas and travel the world to share their artistry with everyone they can.

Since their debut in 2010 as Envy, Nico & Vinz have drawn huge audiences thanks to their unique performance style. They stepped on the scene at the Emegenza Festival where they eventually won first place for new, emerging artists at the Taubertal Open Air Festival with their electric live performance.

In June 2011 they released their debut single, "One Song" which peaked at #19 on the Norwegian Single Chart and earned them a Spelleman Award (Norwegian equivalent to a Grammy) for the song's video. Expanding beyong their Scandinavian borders to reach the blob, Nico & Vinz took their new music on the road across much much of Europe and producing music inspired by their travels.

Their combined focus has evolved into a movement and a message. In their song, "Am I Wrong" that flew to the top of the charts in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden last year, they speak about a universal theme following your own heart. Says Nico, "It is our hope that people who are asking 'should I go the safest way that everybody says I should go, even though my gut says to go where my true happiness lies?' to be happy. We want to inspire them to follow their heart."

The "Am I Wrong" music video, directed by Kavar Singh, already has more than 60 million views on YouTube, and over 16 million for its lyric video. That's no surprise given the riveting images and settings captured in this eye-catching "short film." Vinz explains that it was shot in Botswana. "We said let's go there and make a video that really projects the positivity and joy and good energy that's in Africa, not always the negative stuff." Their vision is paying off. The single has won an NRJ Award for "Song of the Year," and a Spelleman Award nomination for "Hit of the Year." To date, "Am I Wrong" has a 20x Platinum combined certification in Scandanavia, and almost Double Platinum in the US!

Nico & Vinz's second Scandinavian single "In Your Arms" charted in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Once again the video takes the viewer on a unique journey. With this song, the imagery is of a homeless man who creates a time machine to travel back to meet up with his family who had been tragically killed.

The duo performed both hits at the Nobel Peace Prize concert at the end of 2013. Vinz describes that experience as surreal. "I will never forget it. It was one of the all-time highlights. We had dreamed about it four years earlier, and then it happened."

With hardly any formal training, these two are mastering their craft by collaborating skillfully as they create stories to share with the world. "We take our differences and use them to our advantage," says Nico. "We never force things." "Our goal," according to Vinz, "is for people to feel and think at the same time" when they listen to their music. Without question, Nico & Vinz honor their heritage of being both Norwegian and African. They also see the universality in the human experience and feel no pressure to conform to any particular way of being.

In early 2014, Nico & Vinz received the European Boarder Breakers Award (EBBA) at Eurosonic Festival, performed at the Spellemann Awards, completed a Scandanavian tour, and launched "Am I Wrong" worldwide. When "Am I Wrong" made its American radio debut in April of 2014, it was the #1 most added record at the Top 40/mainstream format with 90 adds, a rarity in first-week airplay for a new artist. It has already made it to #1 Top 40 and Hot Ac airplay charts. And, as THE most Shazamed song worldwide, "Am I Wrong" held #1 on Shazam's Top 100 Worldwide for 2 months, and #2 North American charts. "Am I Wrong" continues to skyrocket up both streaming and download charts — Top 5 iTunes Singles Charts (#2 peak on iTunes Pop), Top 5 on Billboard Hot 100, and Top 5 on Spotify US and Worldwide charts with 135 million global streams to-date.

Fueled by global ambitions, they are getting ready to release their debut album, Black Star Elephant, while supporting Bruno Mars on his national tour in July and August. After catching a sneak peak of the upcoming film The Good Lie which portrays Sudanese refugees taken in by Reese Witherspoon's character, the two penned an uplifting song, "Find a Way," featured in the official trailer and soundtrack. As Nico & Vinz expand their artistic reach, they admit that it's happening because of their big dreams. Says Nico, "We set such high goals because we have to. Especially coming from Norway, a country of 5 million people, it's very unusual for people to say I want to be big, as big as Michael Jackson even. We are kind of rebellious in that way of thinking. We want to show people that you can become whatever you want if you believe and work hard."
Jason French
The debut single from San Diego-bred singer/songwriter Jason French, "You Just Want My Money," is a beachy slice of soul-pop built on French's warm vocals and reggae-inspired sense of rhythm. With its sweetly carefree mood and an infectious energy that's got much to do with French's passion as a songwriter and performer, the song hit 5 million streams on Spotify within a month of its online release, mainly on the strength of social-media buzz. Teaming up with producers Tyler Duncan and Theo Katzman, French is now working on a full-length debut that infuses that passion into songs with a daring emotional honesty and undeniably positive spirit.

The irony behind "You Just Want My Money" becoming French's breakthrough single is that it was born at the most down-and-out moment in his life. A self-taught musician, French inked a deal with a major label at age 22, only to see it fall through while French was making his debut album. Dead broke, he started working construction and dedicating any free moment to songwriting. "I went into the darkest place I've ever been in," says French, now 26. "It felt like all my dreams, everything I'd worked for, was just completely over." When a longtime music-industry acquaintance, Chris Anokute, reached out and asked if he had any new music, French handed over "You Just Want My Money" — and soon landed his deal with Interscope Records.

With Afro-Brazilian roots on his father's side and Native American and Portuguese blood on his mother's, French grew up singing in church (his dad was a preacher). He learned to play piano and guitar on his own around the age of ten. "After everybody left church and my dad went off to his office, I'd sit at the piano by myself," he recalls. "I got the church pianist to show me a few chords, and I got totally absorbed in playing." After teaching himself to play his dad's long-neglected acoustic guitar, French tried his hand at songwriting, largely inspired by the soul singers, hip-hop artists, and reggae musicians he loved most. "Since my dad's a preacher, I had to sneak all my music," he says. "I couldn't let my parents know about those CDs hidden under my pillow." Toward
the end of high school, French also started singing and — out of shyness and an impulse to hide his musical side from his family — heading across the border to play at coffeehouses in Mexico, where no one would find him out.

After French moved to L.A. and his deal fell through, the real music started to come out. "One of the only things that helped me was to try to write more songs," he says. "It was like, 'Maybe these songs will never see the light of day, but that's all right because they're completely from my heart,'" he says. After working with several writers and producers, he was asked to collaborate on "You Just Want My Money," an anti-materialism anthem disguised as a lighthearted kiss-off to a greedy girlfriend. "The song expressed my feeling of desperation, at a time when I felt like everybody wanted something from me and I was just so depleted," French explains. "It seemed like an idea that would connect with people, since there are a lot of human beings who work really hard just to feel even a little bit secure."

Boosted by a social-media frenzy that has prompted the #youjustwantmymoney hashtag to produce more than 50 million impressions on Vine, "You Just Want My Money" quickly proved French right. It also confirmed his instincts to put a playful spin on the song's somewhat weighty message. "'You Just Want My Money' could have been some sad ballad but I thought, 'Nah, let's make it happy,'" says French. And in creating his debut album, French is working to shape his sensitivity and imagination as a songwriter into music that's uplifting in the most unlikely of moments. "I do try to be a positive force," he says. "I truly think that music can help you get through the hardest times, and I want my own music to be something that helps people lean toward hope."
Sebastian Mikael
Sebastian Mikael
While many artists spend a lifetime chasing "international status," 24-year-old classically trained singer-songwriter-musician Sebastian Mikael is already starting his career where others can only hope to finish. Born in Sweden to a Swedish father and Ethiopian mother, Sebastian Mikael—formerly known as De-Lor (which is French for "of gold")—was raised in a diverse household that was enriched by music. While no one in his family ever made music professionally, Sebastian Mikael inherited his passion for music from his father and the sounds he grew up listening to inspired him to find out what was going on behind the music.

What started off as a childhood hobby soon snowballed into an adolescent obsession that led to him picking up the guitar and mimicking the sounds he heard on the radio. "I became interested in knowing exactly what the musicians were doing and how they got their sounds," says Sebastian Mikael, who started off playing his favorite songs by Marvin Gaye, Guns N' Roses, Wyclef Jean, Akon and Usher.

With just a handful of years experience as a musician, Sebastian Mikael is already skilled at meshing elements of rock, R&B, pop and electronic music into one cohesive package, held together by his unique acoustic guitar playing. "I feel like my music truly has something to say," he says. "When people hear my music, I want them to relate. The way my music makes me feel inside is usually the same way people feel when they hear it."
I$$A is an American singer, songwriter and producer born in Senegal, West Africa. I$$A grew up in Dakar - the nation's capital which is also unique for being the westernmost point in all of Africa. His parents encouraged I$$A and his five brothers and sisters to excel in school, steering them into practical, high earning vocations like computer
science and engineering. All of the kids followed the plan, except I$$A.

I$$A loved the arts, loved music, which didn't exactly sit well with his parents since the only people who made a living singing in Senegal were beggars. But the vision I$$A had for himself was bigger than Dakar, bigger than Senegal, bigger even than West Africa. I$$A saw himself as a man of the world, making a living singing in such exotic locations as Europe and the United States. Since he was a little boy, his dream was to come to America to seek his fortune.

"My music is a reflection of every musical style I was exposed to while growing up, which makes it very unique. In fact, I grew up speaking french, listening to american and European hip, R&B and other island styles of music. My vision is to become a musical bridge between continents as I recognize that the world is becoming smaller and connect more people like me who have been exposed to different cultures."
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