Michele Van Kleef

Portland, OR
Singer Songwriter / Rock / Groove Rock
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Hey hey hey!

Great to get started on a new year with new projects and great shows on the horizon! I am very excited for what's to come this year in music and in life in general...


I continually feel so blessed to get to play music with some of the greatest people in Portland on a regular basis. These people have been recently deemed... wait for it....


Michele Van Kleef Music Machine


Michele Van Kleef: lead vocals/acoustic guitar

Tim Ellis: all things guitar and friendly banter, background vocals

Bill Athens: all things bass

Ken Ollis: drums and percussion


The funny part of this is that Bill and Ken know nothing about this new moniker, but will hopefully be fine with it. It met happily with Tim's approval :}




Extra, Extra, Extra! Coming this January, February and March...


Thursday, Jan 17 @ McMenamins Old Church and Pub in Wilsonville, 6-8pm (NEW TIME FOR WINTER!) duo with Tim Ellis, all ages, full wait service in the Old Church, free admission.


Saturday, Jan 26 @ Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, 7-10pm in the Cellar Bar. Celebrating their 108th Birthday, there will be music in at least 3 different rooms on the property all at the same time. Come check it all out and celebrate! Free admission. 


Wednesday, Feb 6 @ White Eagle in North Portland, 8-11:30pm MVK Music Machine, 21+, Justin Jude opening... Free admission. http://www.justinjude.com/


Thursday, Feb 21 @ Club Sport's Third Thursday Thirst Quencher at Club Sport, 6-8pm in the restaurant. They always have an amazing spread of food and free wine tasting on these evenings! Free and open to non-members...

Saturday, Feb 23 @ Five-O-Three Restaurant in West Linn, 7-10pm, solo/acoustic.


Thursday, Feb 28 @ McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, 7-9pm, solo/acoustic in the Wine Cellar, 21+ only, free admission.


Thursday, Mar 21 @ McMenamins Old Church and Pub in Wilsonville, 6-8pm, MVK Music Machine,
all ages, full wait service in the Old Church, free admission.



Saturday, Mar 23 @ JIMMY MAK'S in Pearl District, Portland.
I am beyond thrilled to be returning to Jimmy's for my own show! I have invited my fabulous long-time friend Andrew Paul Woodworth to do a DOUBLE-BILLED show with me. I will be going on at 8pm, we will do some songs together in the middle and Andrew will round out the evening with his awesome, rockin' band till around midnight!
As usual with Jimmy's, a reservation is highly suggested if you would like to have a table for the evening. Please call ahead and get your spot! 503-295-6542



Please check out my website here: www.michelevankleef.com


As always, if you haven't picked up my new record at a live show yet, you can get it on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/michele-van-kleef/id494788356 OR if you'd like a hard copy sent to you, click here: http://www.ccnow.com/cgi-local/sc_cart.cgi?4417513309873649 CCNow. Thanks!


Please do me a huge favor and go to my Facebook music page "Michele Van Kleef" and "LIKE" me! :) It's funny, but all these little tiny things really do help me out a lot.

Here's the link to that one: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michele-Van-Kleef/129775091474


If you'd like to reach SuperSTAR fan status, please view my promo video on YouTube! It's been viewed 1757 times now!

Here's the link to that: http://youtu.be/XRzOGZnYej0



Hope to see you all soon! I am truly blessed to be able to sing and play music on such a regular basis! Thank you for keeping me in it, folks!

For all things music, peace and love,







"Independent concert series Ladies Rise Up and Rock announced its second annual event today. The concert will be held next spring in Portland, Oregon at the prestigious Alberta Rose Theatre on Friday, April 11. Ladies Rise Up and Rock: Portland will be a retrospective show highlighting famous female singers from 1945 to the present day, headlined by local singer-songwriter Michele Van Kleef. The Portland chapter of this event will explore the importance of women in music through the decades, including songs by such powerhouse artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Pat Benatar, Heart, Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, and many more." It's designed to explore the legacy these influential female singers have left in the music world," says Carl J. Mancuso, creator of Ladies Rise Up and Rock. "I picked Michele [Van Kleef] because of her versatility. She's going to cover eras of different hit songs in a way that hasn't really happened up to this point." C.Mancuso"  Stephanie Snyder, PRWeb

"Wilsonville musician and Starbucks barista Michele Van Kleef will soon be serving up a double shot of coffee accompanied by her own music. Songs from her CD will be included on the playlist sent May 29 to Starbucks stores worldwide. Van Kleef, an accomplished solo musician and former singer with indie band Calobo, made the connection last June when she was the featured entertainer at the opening of the Starbucks in the Brewery Blocks. Mingling with guests after her solo acoustic set, she met Cliff Burrows, president of Starbucks. The next week, she emailed him and said it would mean the world to her if he would pass on her album to his music department, and he connected her with Timothy Jones, who heads up the music selection for Starbucks stores.  She received a voice message from Jones, praising her album and confirming it would be included on one of the playlists mixed especially for Starbucks stores. "  Cathie Ericson, The Oregonian

"Michele's voice is one of the best I've heard. It’s silky, strong and diverse, reminiscent of Ann and Nancy Wilson."  Ginger Caviness, GC Productions

"Melodic, rich, unexpected and the songs, beautifully crafted. It’s all delivered  with really wonderful production detail. (Tchad Blake and Scott Schorr)."  Inessa- Programming Assistant On Air-On Line Content Producer, KINKfm Radio

"Edgefield Winery: Michele Van Kleef ~ A former member of Calobo and the lead singer of Mackabella, Michele is just straight-up cool. She can sashay from raspy-voiced rocker to acoustic singer-songwriter-type in less time than it takes to put a needle on a record. I especially dig her song "Paint You Red," a tune that starts off almost jazzy, but then slides into rock instrumentation with just a hint of island beats. On top of which, of course, you'll find Van Kleef's well-honed vocals."   Jonanna Widner, Music Staff, McMenamins Blog


Arrivederci's Portland, OR Wed Jan 28 2015 07:00 PM  
McMenamin's Edgefield Troutdale, OR Sat Feb 07 2015 07:00 PM  
McMenamin's Old Church & Pub Wilsonville, OR Tue Mar 17 2015 04:00 PM  
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