Ural Thomas and The Pain
This is a past event. Friday, April 19 at 8:00pm
Revolution Hall 1300 S.E. Stark St., Portland, OR 97214
If life was at all fair, Ural Thomas would be a household name, his music slotted into countless sweet, seductive mixtapes between James Brown, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder (with all of whom Thomas has performed). Straddling the line between hot soul shouter and velvety-smooth crooner, Thomas released a few singles in the late '60s and early '70s, most notably “Can You Dig It," which featured backing vocals from soul luminaries Merry Clayton, Mary Wells and Brenda Holloway. Thomas played over 40 shows at the legendary Apollo Theater before turning his back on an unkind business and heading home to Portland, Ore.
A developing artist at nearly 80 years old, for Thomas music has always been about bringing people together. “If we play for 20 people we cook it like it’s 20 thousand,” says Thomas. “If we make someone smile, we’re satisfied. They’re ain’t no difference between us. It’s all love and brotherhood. If folks listen to my record and feel that, I’ll feel very blessed.”
With: Federale, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical.