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Jerad Walker


Jerad Walker is the Music Director at opbmusic and a journalist whose stories have appeared on NPR Music and NPR's Morning Edition. He moved to Portland, OR from Washington, DC, where he worked on both music production and programming at NPR affiliate WAMU. There, he also contributed to the news broadcast as a features reporter. Jerad received an MBA from American University and an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.

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Arts | Entertainment | Music | Sessions

Watch MAITA Perform From Stunning Debut Record

The Portland rock band are set to release their debut album on iconic label Kill Rock Stars.

Entertainment | News | local | Music | Arts | NW Life

Postcards From The Pandemic: Neighborhood Fiddler

Each evening, communities across Oregon make noise in honor of health-care workers. In one Portland neighborhood, the cacophony is led by a selfless fiddler.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Music | Sessions

With New Album, Other Lives Channels Golden Age Of Cinema

Songwriter Jesse Tabish chats with opbmusic and performs songs from his band's sweeping new record.

World | Arts | Entertainment | local | Music

A Stationary M. Ward Plays From His Moving New Album

The songwriter chats with opbmusic about 'Migration Stories' and performs live from his home.

News | Music | Entertainment | local

A Virtual Tour, With Bands That Must Stay Home

As part of OPB’s series exploring new music and genres that may not be part of your regular cultural diet, we asked opbmusic Music Director Jerad Walker to highlight the work of performers who have put their traveling plans on hold.

Entertainment | News | local | Music | Arts | NW Life

Bart Budwig's Wild Ride: Traveling Abroad During COVID-19

The Eastern Oregon-based musician recounts his international travels during the coronavirus outbreak.

Economy | Health | News | local | Arts | Music | NW Life

Portland's Independent Music Industry 'Devastated' By Pandemic

While music venues across the Portland area have taken the brunt of the financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic, musicians are reeling as well.

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opbmusic's Virtual Music Festival

Do you miss concerts? Are you stressed out by the news cycle? Come to opbmusic's virtual music festival to while away the time at home.

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'Bull Frogs Croon' Blurs Lines Between Poetry And Music

A new recording from Aoife O'Donovan reinterprets the work of one of Oregon's greatest poets with the help of a string quartet.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Music | Pickathon Woods Stage

Pickathon Woods Stage: Sam Evian

The New York-based songwriter exudes understated cool in this performance recorded live at Pickathon 2019.

Sports | Arts | local | NW Life | Music

'Hot Timeouts' And The Science Of Sound At Trail Blazers Games

Why do Trail Blazers games sound the way they do? Art and science collide to create aural experiences at the Moda Center — and maybe help the team win games.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Music | Sessions

On 'Crisis Actor,' Roselit Bone Challenges Genre, Stereotypes And Even Gender

Trans singer Charlotte McCaslin and her band join opbmusic for a deep dive into their visceral new record.

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Video Premiere: Layperson Live From The Banana Stand

The Layperson lead singer plays a stripped down version of "Caught Around Your Heart."

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Music | Pickathon Woods Stage

Pickathon Woods Stage: YOB

The Eugene, Oregon, doom-metal band rattles the woods in the latest performance filmed at Pickathon 2019.

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opbmusic's Monday Mix: Esmé Patterson, Mo Troper, Drive-By Truckers

Listen to three standout songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast this week.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Music | Sessions

Watch: Pool Boys At Oregon City Brewing

The quartet perform songs from their debut EP and tell us how they found creative freedom through friendship.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Music

opbmusic's Monday Mix: Wye Oak, Bart Budwig, Lucy Dacus

In this week's mix, we go a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll.

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Frankie Cosmos Live From Type Foundry

Songwriter Greta Kline is reinventing rock music by making every second count.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Music

opbmusic's Monday Mix: The Minders, TENTS, Contra Party

This week's mix is an all Oregon affair. Listen to new songs from Portland bands The Minders, Contra Party, and TENTS.

Entertainment | Recreation | local | Music | Arts | NW Life | Pickathon Woods Stage

Pickathon Woods Stage: Mountain Man

Watch a masterful performance by this vocal trio recorded deep in the Oregon woods.