Portugal. The Man Bring Mental Health Advocacy On Tour This Summer Across Oregon
Portland, Oregon-based chart-topping Grammy winners, Portugal. The Man have announced that they will be bringing the Keep Oregon Well: Mental Health Matters movement on tour this summer at all of their Oregon shows and events.
"Mental Health is personal for our whole band," Portugal. The Man's John Gourley continued, "We all have days where we feel happy and well, and days where we don't - and, contrary to popular belief, this is actually a completely normal part of the human experience. As touring musicians, self-care can quickly become make it or break it on the road. By partnering with Logan Lynn and the Keep Oregon Well Street Team at these shows, our goal is to inspire everybody to make mental health a priority, too."
Keep Oregon Well is a public advocacy campaign and social movement co-founded by fellow Portland-based musician Logan Lynn and Trillium Group CEO Kim Scott, designed to reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community, and give people the opportunity to learn more about mental health while standing with those who may be struggling with theirs.
"We are thrilled that Portugal. The Man has adopted this cause as their own," said Kim Scott, Trillium Group CEO and Keep Oregon Well Co-Founder. "Trillium is deeply committed to meeting community where they are at, and this partnership -- the information, awareness, connection and hope it will bring to people across Oregon -- is a critical component in building resilience and, ultimately, saving a life.
Nationwide, 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health crisis in their lifetime. In Oregon, that statistic is 1 in 4. Keep Oregon Well aims to change that! Now in its 4th year, the movement has a long-running Concert Series that has featured bands and artists that range from Bleachers, Walk Off The Earth and Charli XCX, to Desiigner, Flo Rida, Graham Nash and Alice Cooper.
"As a suicide survivor myself, I know how important not feeling isolated is," Portland musician and Keep Oregon Well Co-Founder Logan Lynn continued, "We all have trauma, and we all have the ability to bounce back - forward, even - from those experiences. Stigma exists because people have been made to feel like mental and behavioral health challenges are personal character flaws, versus being like any other medical condition. If you break your arm tomorrow, would you feel shame? Or would you just go to the doctor immediately and then have people sign your cast? I won't stop doing this work until every last bit of the shame that prevents people like me from seeking help in the first place, is gone. I'm super excited about this tour and can't wait to see you all at these shows!"
Take the Keep Oregon Well Pledge to fight stigma and end discrimination now at www.KeepOregonWell.com or stop by the Mental Health Matters booth at any of Portugal. The Man's Oregon shows this summer!
Catch Keep Oregon Well on tour with Portugal. The Man on the following dates, to start:
About Keep Oregon Well
In 2014, Trillium Group CEO Kim Scott teamed up with local Portland musician and mental health advocate Logan Lynn, who then rallied an army of community leaders and celebrity talent, all working alongside the staff and leadership of Oregon's largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families to fight stigma and build new narratives around mental and behavioral health. From there, Keep Oregon Well was born!
Keep Oregon Well, is a public advocacy campaign and social movement designed to reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community, and give people the opportunity to learn more about mental health while standing with those who may be struggling with theirs. 1 in 4 Oregonians are experiencing a mental health crisis at any given time. This Mental Health Matters movement is a statewide, multi-media public advocacy campaign and coming out social movement centered around joy and hope; bringing together high profile athletes, musicians, radio and television personalities, movie stars and celebrities, social groups, and people with lived experience to end discrimination and fight stigma.
Keep Oregon Well combines the power of art, radio, tv, sports and entertainment to educate and engage young people on the topic of mental health. The campaign and its many voices are tailored to reflect the local flavor, color and heart of Oregon's people. Keep Oregon Well starts conversations, plants seeds, and uses the power of pop culture, music and social media influencers to break down the stigma related to mental health issues. Since launching, Keep Oregon Well reaches over 1.5 million Oregonians weekly with the powerful messaging of ending discrimination against people with mental health disorders by way of this radical community engagement and advocacy platform.
For more on Keep Oregon Well, visit www.KeepOregonWell.com
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About Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man took 2017 by the horns after a considerably long gap, especially for a band that has dropped roughly an album a year since 2006. They spent years working on an album called Gloomin + Doomin before later developing what would become known as their eighth studio album WOODSTOCK. Fate struck lead singer, John Gourley, twice. First, John got some parental tough love from his old man. "What's taking so long to finish the album?," John's dad asked. "Isn't that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out?" The whole thing got John thinking about why the band seemed to be stuck on a musical elliptical machine from hell and more importantly, about how to get off of it. Second, John found his dad's ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival, which ultimately knocked something loose in his head. He realized that, in the same tradition of bands from that era, Portugal. The Man needed to speak out about the world crumbling around them.
With these two ideas converging, the band made a seemingly bat-shit-crazy decision: they took all of the work they had done for the three years prior and threw it out. The band went back to the studio - working with John Hill, Danger Mouse and longtime collaborator Casey Bates. In this new-found creative territory, the album that became WOODSTOCK rolled out naturally from there. Fast forward to present day and it was impossible to escape the album's first single "Feel It Still," which dominated the charts and radio airwaves in 2017. The multi-platinum certified hit reigned at #1 at nearly all radio formats, including Top 40, as well as Alternative, where the song held the chart's top spot for a mind-blowing 20 weeks, breaking the record for most weeks at #1. Yes, you read that right. 5 guys from Wasilla, Alaska who have played nearly 1,500 shows in their career broke Alternative radio records and had a #1 song at Pop radio. Billboard Magazine even went as far as to call the song, "the unexpected rock crossover hit of 2017," while Rolling Stone listed it as "one of the best songs of 2017." AND THEN...the band kicked off 2018 by winning a GRAMMY Award for "Feel It Still." Fast forward a few months and "Live In The Moment," the second single from WOODSTOCK hit #1 at Alternative radio and the band performed a top-billed set on the main stage at Coachella and were honored with ASCAP's Vanguard Award.
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About Logan Lynn
Logan Lynn is an American musician, writer, composer, singer, producer, mental health advocate, LGBT activist, filmmaker and television personality with a career that spans the past two decades. Lynn is the former host of "NewNowNext Music" on MTV's Logo Network and has done a number of televised commercial spots for the channel. His videos have been featured on MTV, VH1, Logo, Spike TV and countless web-based platforms since 2000.
Logan released his 8th studio album "ADIEU" in 2016. The record explored issues of mental health, addiction recovery, grief, loss, resilience and Lynn's own lifelong battle with overcoming persistent suicidal ideation. "ADIEU" was named one of the "Top 10 Albums of 2016" by Blurt Magazine and Disarm Magazine, as well as one of the "Top 5 Albums of 2016" by Insite Magazine. Logan Lynn has recently completed work on a new record, titled My Movie Star. The album is a collaboration with T-Pain muse GLASYS and features just Lynn and a grand piano. "My Movie Star" was produced by Logan Lynn and Jay Mohr (Saturday Night Live, Jerry Maguire, Mohr Stories) and will be released on October 12th, 2018 as a 2-disc set, alongside an album of all the songs reimagined by The Dandy Warhols, Tiffany ("I Think We're Alone Now"), Jarryd James, Rian Lewis (Gorillaz, Chromeo), DoublePlusGood, Stose and many more of Logan's favorite bands, artists and musical heroes.
In 2017 Lynn released a documentary film titled Lead With Love, about his controversial Inter-Community Dialogue Project with the conservative evangelical Mars Hill Megachurch. Later that year he starred in "Last Meal", a new horror-comedy TV series from Two Penguins Productions and the writers of Search Party on TBS. Logan received the prestigious 2017 Award of Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health for his advocacy work in music, TV, film and community, and for founding the Keep Oregon Well campaign to fight the stigma of mental illness. In 2018 Kink FM named him one of The Portland 50, honoring the people who "dreamt, built and championed the innovation, growth and uniqueness of Portland".
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