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Tara Velarde Bio

Portland artist Tara Velarde commands the stage with her vocally fronted Diva Pop and Soul. 

Listeners liken her performance to  Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and Carole King - great female powerhouses with a lot to say. Glide Magaine states that Velarde “embodies that elusive combination of swagger and sensitivity. She writes songs with a sharp sense of poetics and vulnerability, and then steps up to the mic to her deliver words and vocal melodies with powerhouse pipes”.

With the release of her album "Rise" (2019), Velarde stays active in the studio and on the road touring the US. She has shared bills with Michael Franti, Gaelynn Lea (NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner), and Haley Heynderickx, and recently made her European debut with a 3 week headlining tour.

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Career Highlights

Portland Area:

  • Crystal Ballroom
  • Alberta Rose Theater
  • Doug Fir
  • The Old Church
  • Star Theater
  • Fremont Theater
  • Portland Center Stage


    • Britt Fest (Jacksonville, OR)
    • Portland Parks Summer Free for All (Portland, OR)
    • Noon Tunes at Pioneer Courthous Square (Portland, OR)
    • Oregon Country Fair (Eugene, OR)
    • Cycle Oregon Joyride (Salem, OR)
    • Walnut City Music Fest (McMinnville, OR)
    • Oregon City Celebration (Oregon City, OR)
    • Lane County Fair (Eugene, OR)
    • Local Roots Festival (Salem, OR)
    • Bite of Seattle (Seattle, WA)
    • Meeker Days (Puyallup, WA)
    • Gig Harbor Arts Festival (Gig Harbor, WA)
    • Folk Alliance Regional - West (Bellevue, WA)
    • Folk Alliance International (Kansas City, MO)


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