By Scott Cunningham //
Springtime festival includes Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark, Jr.
Portland's 7th annual Soul'd Out Festival for next spring is shaping up to be fantastic.
Soul'd Out announced today that Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings & Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be appearing as part of the festival on April 15, 2016 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland.
But, wait, that's not all.
Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark, Jr. have previously been announced for the 7th annual version of the festival. Clark, known for his powerful Texas blues, will perform on April 14 at the Roseland. Raitt will play the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on April 17. By the way, Raitt is also releasing a new album at the end of February.
Jones is all retro funk, evoking sounds similar to Tina Turner's early days. After a few false starts in the 1980's, Jones began to hit big during the late 90's, eventually finding her groove the Dap-Kings backing her.
In October, she released a collection of Hanukkah and Christmas songs titled It's a Holiday Soul Party, well worth checking out if you are in the mood to funkify your holidays.
Trombone Shorty, real name Troy Andrews, is a member of the venerable New Orleans musical family the Andrews. Shorty has been playing and making music for his entire life and has found a tremendous level of success over the last five years. During that stretch, he has released three critically acclaimed albums, appeared on numerous recordings (Lenny Kravitz, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton to name a few), and has been the most successful New Orleans musician post-Katrina.
Shorty and Orleans Avenue have created a sound essentially merging old-school NOLA funk, a la The Meters, with the traditional Crescent City brass bands. As tremendous as his studio albums have been, Shorty is even better live.
Tickets for all three shows, including a festival pass, are now available.