Exhibitions + Events

“The only festival where sleeping is encouraged,” artist Chris Johanson is pleased to present the fourth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland. The community listening experience celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low volume music honoring the quiet act of listening. The two-day event is made possible with support from RVCA. 

Each year the Quiet Music Festival of Portland brings together a variety of notable musicians and bands from across the country. This year’s lineup continues the tradition of showcasing rare, one-of-a-kind performances interpreting low volume, deep-sonic meditations. “Perfect for blending your conscious and unconscious self and music,” Johanson says the Quiet Music Festival of Portland is “an excellent place to create your own REM music videos.” Schedule for this year’s festival:

Friday, June 27

*Just added* a special set by The vonTrapps!
Marisa Anderson
Mark Eitzel
Neal Morgan/Neal Morgan+Pulse Emitter
Christine Shields
Jonathan Sielaff

Saturday, June 28
Sally Timms
Hush Arbors
Chelsea Rector
Sun Foot

Enjoy the relaxed, casual ambiance of the Quiet Music Festival of Portland. Its signature one-of-a-kind 70s and 80s interior, soft lighting and recycled décor have become a Portland tradition. Surround yourself in a draped background of hand-dyed textiles, custom fabric designs and painted walls by Chris Johanson and his wife artist Johanna Jackson. Mississippi Records’ Callie Danger and Eric I return to the festival to spin DJ sets.

On view this year is “The Poster is the Show,” an exhibition by artist William Keihn, who created the collection while he was living in San Francisco “during the recoil from one tech boom and into the rise of another.” Collaged from found paper, random materials, and lo-tech printing, Keihn’s series of works are inspired by concert posters of the past and celebrate “lazy psychedelia” and “hyper mundane” realism.

Listen to Chris Johanson + OPB State of Wonder radio interview

Combining a trifecta of solo guitar, baritone ukulele and voice effects, California artist and musician Christine Shields unveils songs from her current project the “Lost Film” soundtrack. Mark Eitzel brings “the chaos” to the stage with his electric guitar set fusing classic lounge with new material and an unpredictable atmosphere.

Known for her unique compositions inspired by an eclectic mix of Delta blues, West African guitar and Appalachian mountain music, Portland musician Marisa Anderson delivers a memorable guitar performance.

Eerie secrets are revealed during California artist Chelsea Rector’s recital, “I will tell you ‘I Love You.’ All of the songs are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.” And legendary UK artist Sally Timms’ performs a stellar assemblage of shruti box, found sounds, and music from the upcoming soundtrack to her sci-fi feminist art
exhibition in Chicago.

Join Jonathan Sielaff for an exploration of timbres and layers during his set of amplified bass clarinet combined with electronic effects. Enter a phonetical forest of folk, country, and psychedelic sounds with Keith Wood and his band Hush Arbors.  

The stage erupts with “a barren landscape of static, broken drones, alternating tones, hiss and feedback” from ambient noise project Tujurikkuja’s duo Christian Dixon (Earth Jerks, Death Sentence and PANDA!) and Joshua Kit Clayton (Orthlong Musork, ~scape, and Mille Plateaux).

Things get cosmic when singer and songwriter Neal Morgan teams up with ambient synth composer Daryl Groetsch’s Pulse Emitter for a “heavenly soft celestial” performance. Morgan adds, “I’ll do side A of my new record by myself, 10 minutes all spoken, a Cappella and then Daryl and I will reach for HEAVENLY SOFT CELESTIAL.”

“Tired of negativity,” Sun Foot makes its melodic footprint with a barely amplified acoustic set, a Cappella and as a quartet with Sam Coomes of Quasi playing the piano.

The Quiet Music Festival of Portland poster art by Chris Johanson.
Photos of Quiet Music Festival of Portland 2013 by Chris Owen.

Chris Johanson established the Quiet Music Festival of Portland in 2011 as a community listening experience. Recent exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Malmo Museum, Sweden; Vancouver Art Gallery, B.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; SITE Santa Fe; SFMOMA, San Francisco; and UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Johanson’s work has been included in group exhibitions such as Beautiful Losers which toured extensively, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Deste Foundation, Athens; MOMA, NY; New Museum, NY; the Whitney Biennial, NY; the 8th Istanbul Biennial; and the 4th Berlin Biennial. In 2013, publishing house Phaidon released his monograph as part of its Contemporary Artists Series, and he curated the group exhibition “Artifacts of a Life Lived by the Living (to Live)” at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.

RVCA is the brainchild of company Founder and President, PM Tenore. Transcending the boundaries of traditional action sports apparel, RVCA is a design-driven lifestyle brand free from passing trends. Appearing as naturally on the shelves of boutiques as on those of a local skate shop, RVCA is brought together by a group of like-minded individuals from various subcultures, a collaboration of sorts, a lifestyle within itself.

PM Tenore’s intention from the very beginning has been to create a platform for RVCA, which combines art, music, fashion and a modern lifestyle in an original way. At the forefront of this vision has been RVCA’s Artist Network Program (ANP)-a venture established to showcase the talents of accomplished as well as unknown artists who inspire our generation and push the boundaries of creative excellence.

Established to promote the genuine integrity of RVCA’s subcultures while simultaneously giving back to the community, RVCA in essence is redefining the way the market views art and fashion as represented through the balance of opposites and how they coexist: water, oil; air, land; destruction, industrialization; art, science; foreign, domestic; order, chaos; past, present. For RVCA, it is about today, tomorrow and life as the big picture. It is about inspiring our generation, providing something of substance and culture and above all doing it with integrity and as a united family, a close-knit community.




Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm, both days


Advance ticket sales ended. 

Door: $10 per day / $18 for both days
tickets go on sale at the door at 7pm

all ages | 21+ bar