Ural Thomas & The Pain – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – June 11th, 2016

Ural Thomas & The Pain

Ural Thomas & The Pain

Lewi Longmire & The Left Coast Roasters

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$17.50 ADV/$20.00 DOS

Ural Thomas & The Pain
Ural Thomas & The Pain
Ural Thomas is, and forever will be Portland's pillar of soul.
He started singing beneath his mothers knee in church at the age of 3. By high school he led the doo-wop group the Mono Rays, breaking hearts and taking names at Jefferson High and Irvington Park along the way. Ural's voice and songwriting soon gained national attention and he found himself sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, Johnny Guitar Watson and "Little" Stevie Wonder. He played the Apollo 44 times. He backed the Northwest's biggest soul and garage outfits of the1960s (The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cavaliers Unlimited) and he never for a moment stopped teaching, singing and loving soul music..

Now Ural is poised to represent Portland on equal ground with contemporaries like Lee Fields, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, all of whom ultimately gained their dues in their golden years. To ensure the legacy he's backed by a 9 piece band comprised of the some of the most recognizable session and solo players in town. Band leader/drummer Scott Magee (aka Cooky Parker) has arranged a setlist compiled from the gilded age of soul and R&B and Ural originals, all with a sharp focus on moving the dance floor. The foot stomping days of Jump Town, USA have returned and Ural Thomas & the Pain are here to lead the way.
Lewi Longmire & The Left Coast Roasters
LEWI LONGMIRE has built a reputation as Portland's multi-instrumentalist "go to guy." In the years since relocating to Portland from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he's been included on shows and recordings by many of the Northwest's finest bands and songwriters. He's worked with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Blue Giant/Viva Voce/The Robinsons, Dolorean, the Minus 5 and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as local luminaries AgesandAges, Fernando, James Low, Denver, Pancake Breakfast, Quiet Life, Little Sue, Casey Neill, The Portland Country Underground, Michael Jodell and the Freak Mountain Ramblers. More recently, though, Lewi has taken all the things he learned from working with these fine performers and has been spending his time leading a roots rock/americana band of his own, singing the songs he has written himself. The group owes much to the American tradition of good songs played with high energy, deep roots, and an unpretentious sense of fun. Their sound finds the connection between the basement feel of The Band, the raspy blue-eyed soul of Joe Cocker, the desert space of Giant Sand, the "without a net" deep space improvisations of the San Francisco ballrooms, the punk abandon of The Stooges and the quiet contemplation of Neil Young playing solo.

Helping achieve this sound are THE LEFT COAST ROASTERS, a band of stalwart Portland musicians: Bill Rudolph (bass and vocals) played with the Crackpots and Little Sue for years, driving their home crowd into an energetic frenzy with his low tones; Ned Folkerth (drums) has toured the world over with many groups, including the midwest's Pinetop Seven and Portland's Caleb Klauder Band, always laying down the perfect groove to cure whatever ails ya; and rounding out the 'Roasters on lead guitar is Dan Eccles, who has electrified ears both locally and around the world as a member of both Fernando and Richmond Fontaine.