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Iris Harrison
92.3 KGON, Portland's Classic Rock Station
Posts from September 2014

Springsteen Album by Album

Former writer for the Oregonian and Portland author Ryan White has just published an amazing new coffee table book about Bruce Springsteen.  This would make a wonderful gift for any Springsteen fan  He told me all about it in a conversation we had last week.  
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Graham Nash

I talked to Graham Nash earlier this summer.  He had the line of the night earlier this month in the Keller, talking about Crosby Stills and Nash.  "We made a lot of great music over the years.  If we hadn't of been so $#!@ up, wewould have made a lot more"  
Hear that conversation here
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Signe Anderson founding member of The Jefferson Airplane

Signe Anderson will be inducted into the Oregon Music hall of Fame Saturday evening in the Aladdin Theatre. I enjoyed talking to her about her days with The Jefferson Airplane
Listen to the interview here.
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Things to do in Portland September 26-30, 2014

This is going to be yet another beautiful Fall weekend in the Northwest!  Here's some local things to do if you need a list!  Cheers!

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area:
  • Fri Sept 26-9th Annual Dancing in the Square American Indian Day Celebration-Free.  Traditional costumes, singing and drums. Noon-7pm.
  • Sept 26- October 31-Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island
  • Sept 26-Opening of 13th Door Haunted House, 3855 SW Murray Blvd. Beaverton
  • Sept. 26–28, 2014-Portland Juggling Festival 2014-Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
  • Sept 27-28- Project  Pabst (Music Festival)- Zidell Yards.  Music from Tears for Fears and Modest Mouse and more.  $35 one day pass, $60 two days.
  • Sept 27-28- St. Johns End of Summer Motorcycle Block Party & Poker Run-Benefit for NW USA Veteran MC.  Brekken’s- 8728 N Lombard
  • Sept 27, 7pm-Portland Winterhawks vs. Everett-Moda Center
  • Sept 28, 5pm-Portland Winterhawks vs. Prince George-Moda Center
  • Sept 28- The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride- Vintage Motorcycles and sharp dressed men-  A benefit for Prostate Cancer Research.
  • Sept 27 & 28- 10th Annual Portland Hempstock- Waterfront Park
  • Sept. 27–28, 2014-Handmade Bike & Beer Festival-Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Boulevard
  • Sept. 30, 2014 – Oct. 2, 2014-Portland Fashion Week Fall Edition-Pioneer Courthouse Square
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Gloria Johnson gets an update with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard

One of the highlights of my radio career was the day Joe Elliott and Rick Savage of Def Leppard presented me with this incredible award. Gold album for HIGH & DRY and Platinum album for PYROMANIA. Talked to Joe on the phone about what he’s up to now. Click here to enjoy the interview and Keep Rockin!
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Al Pitrelli with a T.S.O. update for Iris

The proper way to kick off the Holiday Season is with a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show!  It’s what gets me into a holiday mood every time.  Plus, it’s just a great concert!  The band is incredible, the singers are amazing, the story is moving, and the lasers and pyro add that little sparkle that just lights everything up in a big way!  Every year, I have the pleasure of speaking to Al Pitrelli about the upcoming show.  This year I was really looking forward to our talk because T.S.O. is doing a NEW SHOW!  “The Christmas Attic” is the one part of the Christmas Trilogy that has never been done in its entirety.  So we get a new show to embrace this year from T.S.O.!  Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 23rd at the Moda Center.  There’s two shows, a matinee at 3pm and the 7:30pm show that follows.  I recommend going to both shows.  That’s what I always do.  Just can’t get enough of that band!  SO, here’s the conversation I had with Al Pitrelli about the upcoming concert.  Thanks for listening! ~Iris
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Iris chats with Jay Bird Koder

Portland’s musical landscape is rich with such talented artists, like Jay Bird Koder!  Last time I saw Steve Miller perform at Edgefield, he was brought on stage to play, and for me, Jay Bird stole the show.  On October 4th, 2014, he will be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.  He’s played with Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado, Obo Addy, Doc Severinsen, Jeff Lorber, Robert Cray, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Cool’r, The Oregon Symphony, Steve Miller and many more.  In this interview we talk about his band SoulMates, touring, some of the people he’s worked with, music education, his time at Berklee School of Music, and more.  He’s a wonderful human being, and it’s always a pleasure to talk to him.  Click here to enjoy the interview.  ~Iris
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