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Event: Market Q’s Weekly Farmers Market Needs Buskers

May 21, 2011

Every Saturday this summer from May 7th – September 3rd (with the exception of July 9th; Mississippi’s Street Fair weekend)  the Q Center on 4115 N Mississippi Ave is hosting a farmer’s market from 9am – 2pm.

This endeavor has been about bringing everyone together… I have been working with nonprofits, small businesses, farms, individuals, community members, neighborhood advocates, and others are showing interest daily. I wanted this to be a chance to provide a service for our Mississippi Ave neighborhood and create a sense of community that could be felt regardless of whether one was LGBTQ, straight, or simply an ally. The support I have received from Portland has been remarkable and I am thrilled that this is my new home...” says Ali Williams, Founder & Operations Manager.

They have lots of goodies, and things will really start going in June once the veggies are ready to be harvested. This Saturday, for instance, they will have fresh coffee and some breakfast treats, as well as honey, spinach, onions, potatoes, cilantro, asparagus, salsas, hummus, soups, whole grain flour, oats, grits, tamales, vegan cheese, eggs, baked goods. Much more in the upcoming weeks.

They are looking for some folks interested in playing between 10-2.  With shade available, most of the time there will be access to a space under a roll up garage, or of course playing in the sunshine is always an option. They have electricity if you need it, but would love an acoustic set.

The best part? They welcome all genres of music and are happy to cross promote you or your band on all of their social media and print press.

If interested in performing, please contact Ali Williams, Founder & Operations Manager at or (479) 799-5086


Letter from Artichoke Music

May 9, 2010

This e-mail just arrived from Artichoke Music. I am posting this as a follow-up to the previous article about them closing. This is great and fantastic news for musicians and music lovers throughout the city of Portland as well as the unique SE Hawthorne business district.

Dear Friends,

You have all read stories of near death experiences. Well, we are here to tell you that all of those accounts are true. We saw the end of Artichoke very clearly last month. There was a bright white light and a long tunnel. We had an overwhelming feeling of peace and tranquility amidst the sadness. Then, a kind and gentle hand reached out and we were thrust back into reality carrying a sense of hope. In short, we are not closing.

Following our announcement last month that we were closing Artichoke Music we received countless passionate offers of help. One of those offers stood out. The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) approached us with an offer of support. They offered to provide some consulting to see if there was a viable and sustainable model that would keep Artichoke open. We have begun our work with a remarkable consultant, George Thorn, who is serving as our guide through this process. We are just beginning our work with George but we are hopeful that we can emerge from this time as a healthy nonprofit.

These changes will take some time to sort out. We are getting financial and legal advice as we look at Artichoke from every angle to insure the new model is sustainable. A new business model is being designed and tested. We don’t know how long this will take but we are committed to business as usual until everything sorts out.

Thank you to our dear friend Alan Alexander who introduced us to RACC. And thank each and every one of you for your patience with us. I know you have been along for the wild ride as we kept you updated along the way. Stay tuned as we work our way through this. You are the reason we are here. Come see us.

– Jim & Richard

Artichoke Community Music leaves SE Hawthorne

April 27, 2010

Musicians rely on music stores for a variety of reasons. Lessons, sheet music, instrument repair – and it’s such a fantastic thing to have a local music store that you can visit with knowledgeable musicians to answer your questions and give support.

Unfortunately, no one is resilient to the ebbs and flows of the economy and local businesses are generally the first to get hit. While calling around to businesses, I received some shocking information. Artichoke Music will be leaving its location on 3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd at the end of May. They are hoping to open a new shop, but as of now, they do not have a location. I was advised to sign up for their email list, which you can find on the front page of their website to find out through their once-a-month newsletter what the future will hold.

Inside the front door of Artichoke Music

Artichoke Music was founded in 1971, originally located on NW 21st Street before moving to the SE Hawthorne business district. The shop has been providing guitars and other necessities to the folk music community of Portland, OR and the greater Northwest for over 35 years. Their slogan; “Building Community Through Music One Heart at a Time” is truly inspiring and a foundation that PDXBusk inspires to grow into. (more…)