Samuel E-M & The Joyful Noise – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 31st, 2019

Samuel E-M & The Joyful Noise

Soulful PDX up-and-comer and the multi-lingual NW favorite headline this community benefit show

Samuel E-M & The Joyful Noise

Edna Vazquez, Jimmie Herrod, Rain Ezra, Sarah Brahim, Mia O'Connor-Smith

Fri, May 31, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

This event is 21 and over

A community benefit concert for:

Power to the Dreamers & Friends of Noise


Sponsored by XRAY FM


Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seating

Samuel Eisen-Meyers & The Joyful Noise
Samuel Eisen-Meyers & The Joyful Noise
“Samuel Eisen - Meyers has been slowly plotting his next work, rearranging the pieces and reimagining how this whole thing works long-term. A lifetime Portland resident, Eisen-Meyers works full time in music and visual art.

Eisen-Meyers cut his musical teeth early and by the age of 13, performing regularly with blues groups in Portland, OR. At 18 he began writing and performing his own original material, while actively touring and supporting other artists and songwriters. With roots in blues, pop, soul and groove music, he developed a fond appreciation for the expansiveness and colors of contemporary songwriting and the freedom of expression that exists in jazz and improvised music. While frequenting the west coast festival and club circuit with bands out of Portland, Seattle and Bellingham, he wrote and recorded three albums between 2009-2014. Now at the ripe young age of 28 he returns with his new band, The Joyful Noise, and his first release since 2015 entitled The Heart of the Soul Pt. 1 – a culmination of years of composing and building what Eisen-Meyers calls, “Joyful Noise.” The Joyful Noise band combines traditional pop music writing formats with high energy vocals, original song instrumentation, and passionate solo sections. The 5 piece group, made up of a young cast of Portlands rising stars, delivers a live show that is not to miss.

The Heart Of the Soul Pt. 1 is an overture to a music series exploring themes of identity, religion, politics and mental health. The artworks features 4 vignettes, each contrasting sometimes problematic lyric subject matter with light as a metaphor for strength.

The first single was premiered via XRAY ( and the second single was premiered via Vortex magazine ( and was followed up by a sold out single release show at Jack London and a nearly sold out full release show at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR.

He has supported artists and his own band sharing stages with artists such as Allen Stone, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, The Roots, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Motet, Aloe Blacc, Trombone Shorty, and many more.
Edna Vazquez
Edna Vazquez is fearless singer, songwriter and guitarist whose powerful voice and musical talent embrujan and transcend the boundaries of language to engage and uplift her audience. She is a creative crisol with a vocal range that allows her to paint seamlessly with her original material, an intersection of folk, rock, pop and R&B. Edna’s passion for music and performance grew from her bicultural raices and, with songs deeply rooted in universal human emotion, she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love and cultural healing.
Jimmie Herrod
Jimmie Herrod is a Pacific Northwest-based artist and performer, holding a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition and performance from Cornish, and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Portland State University. While he currently serves as an adjunct professor of jazz voice, he remains an active performer, both as soloist and collaborator. Jimmie has worked in Seattle’s prided musical theater scene at ArtsWest (‘15 and ‘17) and the 5th Avenue Theater (‘12 and ‘13). Some recent highlights include being a featured soloist in the Oregon Symphony’s showcase in the 2018 TedEx series, working with international acts, such as ODESZA, as well as being a reoccurring guest with Pink Martini, touring the USA, Canada, and Europe.
Sarah Brahim
Sarah Brahim is a movement artist passionate about creating meaningful work with artists of varying mediums. She grew up studying, choreographing, performing, and teaching jazz, contemporary, ballet, and tap. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and in 2016 she graduated from London Contemporary Dance School. At LCDS she further explored the depth and resonance of movement, discovering her passion for improvisation, collaboration, choreographing, and healing through movement. Currently she is producing and creating work on the themes of culture, identity, borders, belonging, language, loss, and home.
Mia O'Connor-Smith
Mia O'Connor-Smith is a multidisciplinary experimental artist, born & currently based in Portland, Oregon. She has trained, studied, performed, toured and competed in dance at Classical Ballet Academy, Da Vinci Arts Middle School, Urban Arts, The Jefferson Dancers and The Ailey School. She started an arts platform known as DUG/ Deep Underground that expanded her creative community, experience and the need for more ways to express.

Mia currently teaches & takes dance classes, performs and collaborates with family like The Sun Ra Arkestra, Brown Calculus, Omari Jazz, Akela Jaffi, Alexandria Saleem, Uriah Boyd, The Ah Ra Dance Ensemble, Rejoice!, SebeKan and more to come.