After a stop in Grants Pass, Seattle-based pop band The Flavr Blue will bring The Love Notes tour to Holocene this Friday night. The Portland show marks the near-end of their tour, which will rightfully conclude in Seattle on March 12. The synth-indie-pop group has already had a very big year in terms of live performances, including rocking the mainstage at Capitol Hill Block Party last summer.

The first time I heard of The Flavr Blue I had just moved to Seattle and started interning at Seattle Met magazine. One of my first transcription assignments was an interview that my editor had done with Hollis Wong-Wear. In listening to their recorded conversation I became very interested in what my editor described as “electropop with hip-hop influences.” I peeped their Soundcloud page, and was instantly a HUGE fan of “We Can Go Blind”.

Led by singer Hollis Wong-Wear, who is the vocal on Macklemore’s “White Walls,” the eclectic trio has definite hip-hop and soul tendencies, (check out “Pretty Girl” feat. YMTK). The group’s sound is intimate-yet-energetic, and reliant on constant transformation; they blend heartfelt electronica with soulful vocals and homemade beats. So it’s no surprise that Heartwatch, along with Portland R&B darling Blossom will serve as openers for The Love Notes tour in Portland.

If I wasn’t going to be on a 5-day vacation following Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour through the PNW…I would most definitely be attending the Flavr Blue show. Especially for the low low price of $10 ($12 at the door)!

Show 8pm


Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St Portland, OR 97214

Tickets $10 Advance, $12 at the door