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"Portland is lucky to have Local Heroes PDX! Such a great endeavor for house music in Portland!"
"The crowd this event attracts is amazing, such friendly loving people that are there to dance to house music, socialize, connect and interact with liked minded people around house music in Portland."
"Good house music, good vibes, GREAT people! I love Local Heroes PDX and what they're doing for house music in Portland!"
"The best house music party in Portland I have experienced. I knew Portland had it in it, finally I found a reason to go out with quality, adult and professional party people who are into house music."
"The best house music in Portland. Local Heroes PDX is bringing people together through house music in Portland."
DISCOVER AND SUPPORT LOCAL MUSICAL TALENT FROM PORTLAND AT CAREFULLY SELECTED LOCATIONS WITH UNEXPECTED AND SECRET DJ PERFORMANCES WHILE SUPPORTING A GREATER CAUSE.
WHAT WE DO to Support House Music in Portland
Local Heroes PDX is a collective of local house music djs based in Portland, OR committed to share our passion for all genres of house music and techno music; including but not limited to tech house music, deep house music, vocal house music, minimal and deep techno. Our talent is diverse, from Portland, focused on house music and changes with every event.
Since the launch in 2019, Local Heroes has delivered multiple house music event in Portland and established itself as an institution for Portland's House Music scene. House Music in Portland and on the west coast is experiencing a revival and Local Heroes PDX aims to accelerate and support that house music movement in Portland.
House Music in Portland has a long history. Local Heroes PDX aims to compliment the Portland House Music scene and bring a fresh perspective and new energy to House Music in Portland.
House music is our energy. House music moves us forward. House music defines who we are and house music is what we care about. House music is our energy. House music moves us forward. House music defined who we are and house music is what we care about. House music in Portland is at an all time high and we are excited to be part of the Portland house music movement. Join us at our next house music event in Portland and experience the infectious energy that house music creates. Join us at our next house music event in Portland and experience the infectious energy that house music creates.
Our mission is to support local talent highlighting house music in Portland in a positive environment where the guests become the real local heroes supporting a greater cause that helps the community. All of our Local Heroes PDX profits from tickets sales are being donated to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.
Local Heroes PDX is committed to delivering and curating unimaginable house music experiences with the best house music Portland has to offer and to support the Portland house music scene. Join us today to become one of our next Local Heroes in Portland.
HISTORY OF HOUSE MUSIC
House Music is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by a four to the floor beat and tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute. It was created by house music djs and house music producers from Chicago's underground club culture in the 1980s, as djs from the subculture started altering disco dance track to give them a more mechanical and richer and deeper basslines.
The genre was pioneered by DJs and producers mainly from Chicago and New York such as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, Jesse Saunders, Chip E., Steve "Silk" Hurley, Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, Mr. Fingers, Marshall Jefferson, Phuture, and many others. Its origins derive from within the Black American LGBT communities but has since spread to the mainstream. From its beginnings in the Chicago club and local radio scene, the genre expanded internationally to London, then to other American cities such as New York City and Detroit, and has become a worldwide phenomenon ever since. It has spawned numerous subgenres, such as acid house, deep house, hip house, ghetto house, progressive house, tech house, electro house, and many more.
In its most typical form, the house music is characterized by repetitive 4/4 rhythms including bass drums, off-beat hi-hats, snare drums and/or claps at a tempo between 120 and 130 beats per minute (bpm), synthesizer riffs, deep basslines, and often, but not necessarily, sung, spoken or sampled vocals. In house music, the bass drum is sounded on beats one and three, and the snare drum, claps, or other higher-pitched percussion on beats two and four. The drum beats in house music are almost always provided by an electronic drum machine, often a Roland TR-808, TR-909, or a TR-707 rather than by a live drummer. Claps, shakers, snare drum, or hi-hat sounds are used to add syncopation. One of signature rhythm riffs, especially in early (Chicago) house, is built on the clave pattern. Congas and bongos may be added for an African sound, or metallic percussion for a Latin feel.
One 2009 book states the name house music originated from a Chicago club called the Warehouse, which existed from 1977 to 1983. Clubbers to the Warehouse were primarily black, who came to dance to music played by the club's resident DJ Frankie Knuckles, who fans refer to as the "godfather of house". Frankie began the trend of splicing together different records when he found that the records he had weren't long enough to satisfy his audience of dancers. After the Warehouse closed in 1983, the crowds went to Knuckles' new club, The Power Plant, while the club was renamed into Music Box with Ron Hardy being resident DJ.