WHO’S the ROSS? is Portland’s Weekly Late-Night Talk Show, featuring a wild mix of comedy, music & interviews! Host, Aaron Ross, is a Pickathon veteran, filming the “Seriously?!” comedy shorts at the festival each of the past six years. Expect one of a kind performances from his special musical guests, which include Mic Capes, Coco Columbia, and Sweet Spirit!
Mic Capes: I make music inspired by people and the experiences of my life. Made to raise awareness, evoke thought, and channel emotion. My music comes from what i have seen, learned, lived, and experienced. I speak of the good, the beautiful, the bad, and the ugly. My goal is to not only grab the ears but capture the heart as well. I aim to shed light on social issues and encourage folks to think critically and gain understanding and new perspectives all while still making music without an expiration date.This is my individual representation of the inner me presented and given to you in the form of outward expression…
Coco Columbia: Music school dropout Coco Columbia burst onto the Portland music scene in 2014 with her debut, Kickstarter-funded album “The Weight.” Columbia set aside her passion for jazz drumming to teach herself how to write songs, record, make beats, and play piano. Having never performed live, she put together a group of young Portland jazz musicians to learn her material.
Columbia released her sophomore record, “When the Birds Begin to Walk” last August to critical acclaim in the Portland music scene. Her music fuses infectious indie-pop melodies, off-kilter rhythmic feels, dreamy-eyed electro-soul soundscapes, and jazzy harmony to create her own brand of bumpin’ future-pop.
Sweet Spirit: Austin singer Sabrina Ellis started Sweet Spirit to hone her ability to write and perform on her own. “It was supposed to be focused on me writing solo, and performing with the guitar,” she says. But it didn’t stay that way for long.
When Ellis started Sweet Spirit, she was still writing and performing with her longstanding garage punk band A Giant Dog. AGD Co-founder Andrew Cashen was intrigued by Ellis’ new emphasis on soul and country and pop music as touchstones for Sweet Spirit and quickly climbed on board the project. “I’m very comfortable doing loud and fast,” Cashen says, “so this is uncharted territory for me.”
Together Ellis and Cashen began turning out songs at a breakneck pace. They assembled a core band of four more members, rehearsed religiously, and started playing gigs around town. Immediately they began turning heads and packing clubs.
Within six months they had gotten noticed by one of Austin’s most famous musical residents, Britt Daniel of Spoon. In October of 2014, Daniel asked the band to perform at Spoon’s “secret” tour kick off show at the cramped rock club Hotel Vegas for their latest record They Want My Soul, and Sweet Spirit was quickly thrown into the local buzzmill.