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Tara Velarde Bio

Diva Folk artist Tara Velarde combines commanding vocals and thought-provoking lyrics into a genre distinctly her own. Part soul, part singer-songwriter, part blues-rock, and with a splash of the theater, Velarde takes the stage with charm, sass, and a quest to find the far reaches of her vocal abilities.

Listeners liken her performance to Brandi Carlile, Adele, 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 recent release of her album "Rise" (2019) following her freshman “Get Out and Walk” (2016), 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.

Find all of these releases on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all other streaming services, and stay up to date by following on Facebook, Instagram, and joining the mailing list.

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Career Highlights

Portland Area:

  • Doug Fir
  • The Old Church
  • Fremont Theater
  • Kennedy School
  • Portland Center Stage
  • Pacific University

Recent Tours:

  • San Francisco, CA: Hotel Utah, Revolution Cafe
  • Sacramento, CA: Blue Lamp, Shine
  • Los Angeles, CA: Hotel Cafe, The Mint
  • San Diego: Java Joe's
  • Eugene, OR: Sam Bond's, Hi-Fi
  • Salem, OR: Venti's, Victory Club, Boon's Treasury
  • Seattle, WA: The Rendezvous, Lo-Fi
  • Olympia, WA: Rhythm and Rye
  • Reno, NV: Studio on 4th
  • Denver, CO: Mercury Cafe
  • Boulder, CO: Laughing Goat
  • Salt Lake City, UT: Angelus Theater
  • Boise, ID: District Coffee House, Idaho Songwriter's Assoc. Showcase
  • Vancouver, BC: Guilt and Co

Italy Tour:

  • Santa Margherita Liguria
  • Maiolati Spontini
  • Roma
  • Pietrasanta
  • Viareggio
  • Terni
  • Pescara
  • Taranto
  • Caramanico Terme
  • Santarcangelo
  • Livorno
  • Padova
  • Pinerolo
  • Brescia


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


  • "Rise" (EP) 2019
  • "Get Out and Walk" (LP) 2016


  • Portland Radio Project
  • KPSU (Portland, OR)
  • KBOO (Portland, OR)
  • KPOV (Bend, OR
  • KMUZ (Salem, OR)
  • KHUM (Humboldt, CA)
  • KOWS (Sebastapol, CA)
  • KTDT (Tucson, AZ)
  • NWCZ (Tacoma, WA)
  • KRFY (Sandpoint, ID)
  • Unsynd Podcast


  • KGW (Portland, OR, NBC affiliate)
  • Portland Community TV (Comcast 11, 22, 23)
  • CCTV (Salem, OR)

Compilation CD:

  • Local Roots


  • Glide Magazine
  • Vortex Music Magazine
  • Willamette Week
  • The Deli Magazine
  • Oregon Music News
  • Screams Media
  • Eugene Weekly
  • Statesman Journal
  • Forest Grove News Times
  • Sacramento Bee
  • Sacramento News and Review
  • Reno News and Review
  • Great Falls Tribune
  • Boise Weekly

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