The Purple Herons offer a mix of R&B, funk, soul, and jazz to bring out the best in our clients' events. We can keep everyone dancing, create a smooth & mellow background sound, or anything in between. Most of all, we make sure that the music is one less thing for you to worry about so you can focus on your guests. We seamlessly blend our show, attire, and attitude with your artistic vision to create an experience your guests will remember.
Price Range: $250 and up
Gig Length: 90 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
The Purple Herons is a 4-piece band consisting of keyboard, bass, drums, and vocals, plus other instruments as needed. All members of the band play more than one instrument. Our job is to make you look great by helping make your event magical & memorable.
You bring the party, we'll bring the fun(k). Our music ranges from R&B classics like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to full-on funk, neo-soul, and jazz fusion. We offer as much or as little audience interaction as you wish to whip the crowd into a frenzy, sit back and enjoy some conversation, or anything in between. We can also serve as an instrumental group to provide a sophisticated & uptown sound that can include smooth & cool jazz in addition to our R&B offerings.
With more than 75 years of combined performing experience, you can expect professional service at every stage of your event, from planning to the final load-out. Our setup is compact & quick, and we adjust our act to best suit your needs, including volume levels and tempos to blend seamlessly with your vision for success.
Starting with a chance meeting between two complete strangers, The Purple Herons have been playing and evolving since 2017. Their lineup brings together a mix of highly experienced professional musicians with a commitment to making great music that's fun to hear as well as play.
Combining classic soul and R&B grooves with a generous infusion of cool jazz, funk, and Latin influences, The Purple Herons have a truly original sound that is accessible, fresh, and eclectic. Their creative & joyous spirit is infectious, bringing smiles, laughter, and toe-tapping fun to listeners of all ages from private events to clubs, conventions, fairs, and even the Oregon Zoo.
Additional Booking Notes
Our needs are simple:
* AC power to the performance area
* Performance space of at least 10 feet by 12 feet
* For outdoor events, we prefer to have some kind of covering
That's it! We are self-sufficient otherwise and can adapt to simple or fancy technical setups.
Past Booked Events
|September 14, 2019 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Vancouver Farmers Market|
|August 24, 2019 • 7:15pm - 9:15pm||Insomnia Coffee Company|
|July 27, 2019 • 7:15pm - 9:15pm||Insomnia Coffee Company|
|June 29, 2019 • 12:30pm - 3:00pm||House Party|
|June 29, 2019 • 10:30am - 1:30pm||Cedar Mill Farmers Market|
|June 22, 2019 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Vancouver Farmers Market|
|June 05, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:30pm||Oregon Masonic Lodge Convention|
|May 25, 2019 • 7:15pm - 9:15pm||Insomnia Coffee Company|
|April 13, 2019 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||St. Johns Speakeasy|
|March 23, 2019 • 7:15pm - 9:15pm||Insomnia Coffee Company|
Isn't She Lovely
I Got A Woman
Fly Me to the Moon
Don't Know Why
Love Got in the Way
Give Me One Reason
Please Mr. Postman
Stand By Me
|Jeff Johnston||Horns, flute, percussion, keyboard|
|Julie Or||Vocals, percussion, rhythm guitar|
|Jim Dorman||Bass, percussion, guitar, koto|
|Rick Berman||Drums, percussion, vibraphone|
|Laura Barsalou||Keyboard, vocals, percussion, saxophone|
Influences & Inspiration
Tower of Power, Ray Charles, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Santana, Tracy Chapman
AC power (110 volt)
Minimum space: 10 x 12 feet