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Soulful Giving concert features world-class acts

Slide Brothers and Honeydrops are among talented groups


Junki and Linda Yoshida’s estate hosts a stellar lineup of talented soul and r ‘n’ b acts at the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert Saturday, Aug. 2.

The Slide Brothers, California Honeydrops, Lilla (formerly Lilla D’Mone) and Soul Vaccination all will perform from noon to 8 p.m. at 29330 S.E. Stark St.,Troutdale. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Parking, with shuttle bus service, is available at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Downtown and westside ticket holders can catch one of the Cascadia Cruiser “Soul Buses” from the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1141 N.E. Second Ave., Portland, for $1 and in turn will receive a complimentary beer.

The event features food and beverages from numerous area restaurants. Proceeds benefit the pediatric cancer unit at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as well as the Providence Cancer Research Center. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The California Honeydrops have become one of the biggest danceable acts on the West Coast in recent years, and close out the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert Aug. 2.

Tickets are available at soulfulgiving.org and at participating Fred Meyer stores, and range from $25 to $100.

Lineup lowdown

Soul Vaccination kicks off the music from 12:30-2:15 p.m., playing tunes by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. The band’s third CD, “What is Hip?”, features Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte and recently was reviewed by DownBeat Magazine, receiving 4-1/2 stars.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Soul Vaccination, one of the Northwest most popular bands, kicks off the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert.

The 12-piece band features Glenn Holstrom on Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards, Max Rees on guitars, Grammy-nominated producer John Linn on bass and Edwin Coleman III on drums. Paul Creighton, Mark Wyatt, and Regina K share soulful vocal duties. Lewis Livermore and Dave Mills carry the backbone sound on trumpets, with Ron Regan, Gary Harris and Timothy Bryson on saxophones.

Mills, the band’s leader for more than a decade, notes that the band has a personal investment in the fundraiser, given keyboardist Holstrom and singer Wyatt have both battled cancer.

“People need to support people who have cancer,” Mills said. “We’re excited to be part of the lineup at Soulful Giving, and we hope that people will come out to support this event.”

Lilla (formerly Lilla D’Mone) takes the stage at 2:30 p.m. and sings until 4. The Portland native sings classy, club-friendly, top-down-while-you’re-driving r ‘n’ b, and her latest 11-song record, “The Awakening,” was recorded all over the map, from Jamaica to Portland. Chock full of soulful jazzy tunes, the record’s standouts include “You Let Me Down,” a cabaret-meets-hip-hop-via-soul number that would make anybody from a fan of klezmer to can-can happy. Meanwhile, the album’s first single, “Wake Up,” is an upbeat but socially conscious folk-inflected take on various contemporary issues, and its video on YouTube already has drawn more than 2,800 views.

The 20-something singer-guitarist-pianist-producer has shared the stage with Annie Lennox, Willie Nelson, Mos Def, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Esperanza Spalding and Carole King, among others. She’s also recorded with Talib Kweli on her first album, “Music Trance.”

The Slide Brothers play from 4:30-6 p.m. Its members include Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent, and the group is rooted in the “sacred steel” tradition, African-American House of God church music using pedal (lap) steel guitars. The Slide Brothers play blues, rock, and soul and recently were featured as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour, wowing audiences across the country and Canada with their interpretations of such Hendrix signature songs as “Purple Haze.” Anyone who’s heard this music live can attest ii can turn sinners into saints and saints into dancing maniacs, given its awe-inspiring balance of exuberance and devotion.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Slide Brothers have earned kudos from Aerosmith and Eric Clapton for their gospel-infused music.

The California Honeydrops close out the day’s music, jamming from 6:30-8 p.m. Take a listen to “Here Comes Love Again” of the band’s third CD, “Like You Mean It,” and you’re immediately transported to the streets of New Orleans, where country, blues, gospel, soul and funk meet at parades and parties.

The California Honeydrops are Lech Wierzynski (vocals, trumpet and guitar), Ben Malament (drums, percussion, vocals and tub bass), Johnny Bones (saxophone, clarinet and vocals), Doug Stuart (bass) and Charlie Hickox (keys and vocals).



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