A Benefit, and a Remembrance

This month’s While Rome Burns has a dual purpose: First, we want to welcome and support the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, a wonderful group working on issues close to our hearts. Second, we want to pay our respects to one of Portland’s most unique and loving musicians. A year after his passing, Jaime Leopold’s…

And Now For Something Completely Different

Young folks raising a ruckus for young folks. This month While Rome Burns welcomes the amazing Central Catholic High School Jazz Band, The Brass Pack and Bird Bennett in support of one of Portland’s premier organizations supporting homeless youth, p:ear (project: education, art, recreation). p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education,…

Let’s try something different this Thanksgiving.

Maybe, I dunno, humility? Think the last couple of years have been rough for diversity in America? How about the last couple of centuries? If you are descended from the indigenous inhabitants of this amazing country, your history of marginalization and resistance extends farther back than the latest insanity brought into sharp focus by the…

Don’t get mad. Get pizza.

For Free! Yes, you heard us – FREE PIZZA! If you vote, that is.  AND –  dance ’til your feet decide to take a hike, to the music of The New Iberians and the Reverb Brothers! And help support this month’s fabulous organization, Rahab’s Sisters! How could you go wrong? Here’s the deal: While Rome Burns…

Karen Lovely, Tevis Hodge Jr. to benefit Causa at this month’s WRB

Artist/activist group While Rome Burns is focusing on the issue of immigration at this month’s benefit. With back-to-back performances by two of Portland’s most dynamic blues/jazz/R&B/Americana luminaries, Karen Lovely and Tevis Hodge Jr., While Rome Burns hopes to raise both money and awareness for Causa, one of Oregon’s most committed Latino immigrant support organizations. Please…

Reunite an Immigrant Parent with Their Child

Remember last September when we raised a few dollars for RAICES and their efforts to help immigrants particularly hard hit by the floods? Well, RAICES has their hands full now with this insane family separation policy at our southern border. This time, though, people are coming out in droves to support the work they are…

Joe Kye to Headline Benefit for ICHRP-US

Here at While Rome Burns we have a knack for bringing you top-notch artists from all points along the musical spectrum. We continue this tradition with another ground-breaking artist at our May benefit for the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-US). Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, violinist- looper and vocalist…

It is our anniversary! Or was! Or something!

And we’re throwing a party! Hey, you know us – we might be a little behind the curve sometimes, but we mean well. In April While Rome Burns celebrates it’s one-year-and-a-month anniversary, with PDX Latin faves Sabroso and indigenous dance group Huehca Omeyocan. It’s a reprise our our very first benefit from March 2017, supporting our good…

This one’s different.

Tomorrow we’re hosting our 11th (!) While Rome Burns benefit. But this time is different. It’s not that we don’t have an amazing beneficiary. Living Cully is an innovative organization doing real work, good work. I’m so impressed by their approach, weaving together several major players in the area to address issues of poverty, environment,…