Walter Trout – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – March 16th, 2017

Walter Trout

Walter Trout

Tommy Odetto

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$25.00 ADV/DOS

This event is all ages

Walter Trout
Walter Trout
Walter Trout announces new release, ALIVE in Amsterdam, recorded live in Amsterdam on the blues legend's comeback tour & released June 17th on Mascot/Provogue. Battle Scars World Tour to hit the US and Europe this year.

To be released June 17th on Mascot/Provogue, ALIVE in Amsterdam is the sound of a man announcing his resurrection after a period on the ropes. As Trout's army of international fans are painfully aware, recent times have taken the bandleader to the brink, following a bleak diagnosis of life-threatening liver failure and hepatitis C in 2013. Trout's rebirth began with a successful transplant in May 2014, and gathered pace with 2015's Battle Scars: the acclaimed studio album that channeled his near-death experience into raw autobiographical songs.

Walter Trout has never sounded so alive. The date is November 28th, 2015. The location is Amsterdam's opulent Royal Theatre Carré. And the occasion is a live performance of the blues-rock legend at full-throttle. "We were rocking," remembers Trout of the comeback concert captured on ALIVE in Amsterdam. "If people are expecting a laid-back show, that's not what they'll get. This is potent stuff…"

Yet for this lifelong road-warrior, a return to the stage was always the ultimate goal. And last summer, as Trout headed out on a comeback tour that blew the roof off venues from the Royal Albert Hall to Buddy Guy's Legends club in Chicago, every fan in the house saw that the man wasn't just back, he was better than ever. "That whole tour was kinda triumphant for me," Trout reflects. "Just to be back, after what I went through. But also to be playing with a renewed energy and commitment.

"I'd gone through a few years of symptoms," he continues, "where I'd get hand-cramps, dizzy spells and chronic fatigue onstage. It was a struggle. On this last tour, I wasn't struggling. We were having a great time. We couldn't stop. ''ALIVE in Amsterdam captures the atmosphere."

It's true: listen to ALIVE in Amsterdam and you'll experience the same white-knuckle ride as the fans who filled the Royal Theatre Carré. It's fitting that the Amsterdam show starts with an introduction by Trout's wife and manager, Marie, who gave the bluesman the courage to fight on during his lowest points. "Having Marie on the album is very meaningful for me," he says, "because she's the one who kept me alive. She kept me fighting and wouldn't let me give up."

Trout himself hits the stage like a wrecking-ball, opening with an scorching burst of solo guitar ("Sometimes, when I get up there, I have so much energy that I'm bursting out of my skin"). When he launches into the set, meanwhile, all bets are off. "We never have a setlist," explains the frontman of his seat-of-the-pants interplay with drummer Michael Leasure, keyboards ace Sammy Avila and bassist Johnny Griparic. "We play very spontaneously, and I gauge it by the crowd and how the show is going."

Trout says. "Instead I had to cancel an entire year of touring. That's what the song on Battle Scars, 'My Ship Came In' is about: My ship came in and I missed it! I'd waited all my life for a record label to get behind me to that extent, and then that plan fell apart."

Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles' Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout's longtime producer Eric Corne. "I don't take this lightly," Trout declares. "Marie says that all of the people who donated to our fundraiser for my medical expenses" — which generated more than $240,000 – "bought stock in me and my liver. When I play for them now, I have a responsibility to give back and offer the very best that I have."
Tommy Odetto
Tommy Odetto
Tommy Odetto is a fifth generation resident of Fairfax California, the famed music mecca in Marin County. His early love of music had him discovering the magic of rock and roll through the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Beatles. At the age of thirteen, Odetto immediately became obsessed with guitar after hearing Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Led Zeppelin all within a matter of a couple months. From that moment, Tommy knew he wanted to dedicate his life to music, dreaming to move people with the power of music, and his guitar.

Tommy spent many years locked up in his bedroom practicing hours upon hours, every day and night, hoping to one day being able to play like his heroes Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Odetto infamously stood outside the windows of the local Fairfax Bars, every night of the week. From the ages of 13 to 20 years old, he studied his local heroes, and Marin County Ace guitarists Otis Scarecroe, Danny Uzilevsky, and Tom Finch. Studying and learning all that he could from the other side of the glass windows of Peri's Bar and 19 Broadway.

In those formative years, Tommy had several highly developmental moments in his career. Such as a vital and living mentorship from Marin County legend, Otis Scarecroe, and being invited to jam with Carlos Santana at his home in San Rafael, California. Santana had personally invited Tommy over after hearing about the young talent. Tommy broke out on the local Marin County scene at 15 years old with his band Soul Pie, founded in 2004, and went on to enjoy much local success.

In his early 20's, a chance meeting with the extremely talented singer-songwriter, Jesse Ray Smith, struck an immediate musical bond, and brotherhood. It was the perfect recipe for the partnership that became The Bad Jones. The Bad Jones was rounded out by John Varn; Tommy's best friend, musical right hand man, and keyboardist of Soul Pie. Tim Baker added his dynamic and talented skills on Bass. The Bad Jones has experienced great success, and has shared the stage with many notable artists such as Foreigner, Eddie Money, Kenny Wayne Sheperd, Living Colour, Leon Russell, to name a few. The Bad Jones has a self-titled five song EP and is gearing up for their full length debut album due in fall of 2016.

Being a successful solo artist and part of a thriving band with The Bad Jones just isn't enough for this dedicated talent. Tommy is also a full time member of the legendary San Francisco band that launched before he was born, Big Brother And The Holding Company. Big Brother started as Janis Joplin's supporting band in the late 60's. Tommy was asked to join in 2015 after the unfortunate passing of original guitarist, Sam Andrew. Founding drummer Dave Getz, asked Tommy to join the band after hearing Tommy play in downtown Fairfax.

In the Summer of 2015, Tommy recorded his debut EP as a solo artist. "Euphoria" was recorded in Seattle, Washington and Produced by Brett Eliason (Mad Season, Pearl Jam, Heart).

In 2016, one of Tommy's musical dreams came true. He shared the stage with one of his biggest heroes - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Them Crooked Vultures) at a festival in Thousand Oaks, California. Tommy is currently writing material for his next solo effort, as well as heading back into the studio to record with The Bad Jones. Tommy is very busy with gigs all over California. He has committed all of his time to honing his craft, and feels blessed everyday to spread the power of music, and Rock and Roll.