Albina Soul Revue - Featuring the Unsung Heroes of Portland Soul
Nov 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30

$25 Advance
$30 at the Door

Albina Music Trust Presents a World Arts Foundation Production

The Albina Soul Revue is a Portland soul music showcase of historic proportions. The event features a diverse lineup of underrepresented musicians once active in the Albina area of North & Northeast Portland. Performing original selections from the 1970s, these artists and their music represent a lost era in Portland soul.


Shirley Nanette
Gregg Smith
The Legendary Beyons

Band Leader: Tony Ozier

Also Featuring
Paul Knauls, Sr.
Lester McFarland
Marilyn Keller
Ken Berry
Jimmy Sanders
Randy Monroe
Arietta Ward
Leslie White
and Danny Osborne

Album release party for The Gangsters long lost LP from 1972.

Master Of Ceremonies, Calvin Walker

This event made possible by The Regional Arts & Culture Council

Event sponsors include World Arts Foundation, Vanport Mosaic, American Music Program, Marmoset Music and XRAY FM.

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Shirley Nanette | 7:30 PM
Shirley Nanette has long been recognized by the regional music community for her dynamic vocal sensibility—performing jazz and classical works at festivals, on television, and with the Oregon Symphony as well as earning her a place in the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame. Less is known, however, about the degree to which her vocal work pulls from the roots of soul music. In 1970, Nanette released an LP entitled Never Coming Back. Featuring a cast of Albina area musicians, the record has been lauded by some as a critical piece of Portland soul music history, earning it the reissue treatment by Truth & Soul Records in recent years. Tonight’s program will feature selections from Ms. Nanette’s seminal LP, Never Coming Back. more >>>
Gregg Smith | 7:30 PM
Gregg Smith’s presence in 1970s Albina is beyond compare. A fixture at the iconic Cotton Club, Gregg sat in with some of the best in the industry such as: Etta James, The Whispers, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and Grover Washington Jr. Among the first artists managed by local agency Double Tee, the Gregg Smith Band toured extensively throughout the 1970s. Gregg has since relocated to Dallas, Texas where he has enjoyed an award-winning career as both a blues artist and as a radio personality at KNON 89.3FM. Tonight’s program features Smith performing soulful selections from this forgotten era in Albina. more >>>
Quite possibly the longest running vocal group on the West Coast, The Beyons have been crooning in unison since 1968. Occasionally compared to the vocal stylings of Blue Magic or The Stylistics, The Legendary Beyons began work at Jefferson High School. Their backing band at the time was an early incarnation of the band, Pleasure. Members of The Legendary Beyons have gone on to perform with Lyle Lovett, Michael McDonald, and the Oregon Symphony. Tonight’s program features selections from The Legendary Beyons unreleased 1977 session with Pleasure. more >>>
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Tony Ozier
Band Director Tony Ozier brings a soulful, community-driven approach to our evening's program. As a producer, singer, and musician, Ozier blends funk and soul to create a unique, intergenerational sound. Since 2009, Ozier's "Dookie Jam" has served as an open forum for rappers, producers, and jazz musicians alike. By extension, the Albina Soul Revue sees Ozier casting a wider net, partnering with a different generation of local musicians whose perspective on funk and soul is varied and deep. An impresario by nature, Ozier's newest exhibition of soul promises to be historical in scope.

The Gangsters
Tonight's show is also an album release party for The Gangsters long lost LP from 1972, unreleased in its time. The record features local musicians that would go on to play with the Jazz Crusaders, B.B. King, and Jeff Lorber Fusion. It is the earliest recorded output of local Grammy winner, Thara Memory. Selections from the record to be featured in this evening's program.