Treefort kicks off downtown on Thursday. But for those of us still stuck on campus for classes, the official kick-off to Treefort will take place at the Centennial Amphitheater behind the library and will feature three Treefort bands. One of those bands will be Nick Jaina, an artist from Portland.
While Jain’s a solo act he still keeps others in mind—his influences consist of artists like The Beatles, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, and REM.
His Chris Martin-like voice backed with peaceful and heartfelt folk music is extremely easy-going; so easy-going, it’s hard to believe a man with such intensity
According to Hush Records, “He has run out of money, slept in his car, booked tours from the road, and sacrificed relationships at home for the good of his art.”
Five of Jaina’s first six albums were produced by Hush Records, a label out of Portland. His first, however, titled Snakes and Umbrellas was produced by Perilymph Records.
While his decade-long tenure with Hush has brought him success, his upcoming album, Primary Perception, is going to be produced by Fluff and Gravy Records, also out of Portland.
According to Hush Records, Jaina is known to play two shows when on tour “one in the club they were booked, and one prior in the street to bring new fans into the club.”
As a man who plays additionally on the streets, Jaina has met many musicians, some of which have ended up playing shows with him. However, while he has played shows with many different musicians, he still seems to be a solo act.
For those of you going to the Treefort Music Fest this weekend, look out for Nick Jaina on Thursday at 11 p.m. at Pengilly’s Saloon.