PORTLAND The legendary Stevie Wonder was in Portland Friday performing at a benefit at Quartet restaurant in Southwest Portland.
Getting to see the iconic Motown artist, however, wasn't easy. There were only 200 tickets for the performance, which were going for a handsome $500 a pop and sold out quickly.
It s also just before Wonder s 63rd birthday, and if you think that sounds young for the 22-time Grammy winner, just remember, Wonder was signed to Motown records at age 11 where he recorded his first major hit at 13 years old and helped put Barry Gordy s Hitsville U.S.A on the map.
Proceeds from Friday s performance went to Project Clean Slate, a Portland non-profit designed to help people clean up their criminal histories. The program was started by Portland entrepreneur Roy Jay to help people get a second chance in life by removing traffic tickets and other minor criminal convictions preventing them from getting jobs, housing, and other opportunities.