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Ural Thomas & the Pain come to Cannon Beach

Soul legend’s Sept. 16 concert in city park is free

Published on September 12, 2018 10:37AM

Last changed on September 12, 2018 10:41AM

Ural Thomas & the Pain.

Courtesy Tolovana Arts Colony

Ural Thomas & the Pain.

Ural Thomas & the Pain.

Courtesy Tolovana Arts Colony

Ural Thomas & the Pain.

CANNON BEACH — Ural Thomas & The Pain bring their scorching big-band soul to Cannon Beach for a free concert in the city park, 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

The Willamette Week named the group Portland’s “Best New Band” of 2014 and called Thomas a “local living legend” and “a powerhouse performer.” OPB dubbed him “Portland’s No. 1 Soul Singer.”

Thomas began making music on a north Portland street corner in the 1950s before following his dreams of R&B stardom to Los Angeles, where he performed with Mick Jagger, and to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where he joined the Otis Redding Review.

Though Thomas never made that final step into fame and fortune, he kept his conscience and musical joie de vivre. He returned to Portland and led a humble life, playing all the while.

In 2013, a younger generation of record collectors discovered Thomas’ standout single “Pain is the Name of Your Game,” and put a band together behind him.

Since then, the 74-year-old Thomas has returned to his rightful place among Oregon’s musical icons. His performances are noted as much for Thomas’ charm as the band’s snapping, dance-friendly grooves. The group’s debut album, “The Right Time,” will be released later this month.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, low-backed chairs and fully stocked picnic baskets. Dogs, Frisbees, soccer balls and the like are welcome, too.

The park is located in downtown Cannon Beach, northeast of the Chamber of Commerce at Second and Spruce streets.

The concert is produced by the Tolovana Arts Colony and made possible by a Community Grant from the City of Cannon Beach.

For more information, visit tolovanaartscolony.org, email tolovanaartscolony@gmail.com or call 541-215-4445.


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