Rebecca Gates and the Consortium

Eight years in the works, "The Float" is Portland singer and songwriter Rebecca Gates' first album in 11 years.

Gates, who "just might possess the sexiest voice in rock" — according to Entertainment Weekly — and her new project, the Consortium, will tour ahead of the folk and pop album, set for release June 12.

The group, featuring Gates, drummer Ji Tanzer, bassist Joanna Bolme and keyboardist Rebecca Sanborn, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Alex's Plaza Restaurant and Bar, 35 N. Main St., Ashland.

Before forming Consortium, Gates was a member of the internationally touring '90s band The Spinanes with Scott Plouf.

She also has been featured on albums by such artists as The Decemberists and Willie Nelson.

The cover to the show is $5. See www.parcematone.com or call 541-482-8818.

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