Map The Music is an impressive look at what lies beneath the surface of fandom, to discover those whose enthusiasm becomes devotion and forges communities in which music is both the common focus and the language used.
The warm ambiance provided by Mississippi Studios, which acts like an elegant living room rather than a theater, is the perfect setting for a Charlotte Martin performance. The stunningly beautiful Martin, in her second Portland performance seemed excited, if not slightly overanxious, to make the eager audience feel as at home as the venue does. Martin, an up-and-coming pop singer with a well-disguised dark side, managed to do just that on this Sunday night as she turned in a rather talkative–Storytellers-esque
Powerful, sexy and demanding, Charlotte has the ability to hit notes that flirt with disaster, where less confident singers might come off as abrasive and whiney, she somehow delivers with an abundance of confidence and beauty.
Charlotte Martin’s day will come. Her voice is too pure. Her piano playing is too chilling. Her songs are too damn catchy. Charlotte Martin is too good to
be opening a show in one of Portland’s smaller clubs. Her show would fit just as comfortably in front of thousands headlining Carnegie Hall.