Essential LO Volunteer Appreciation Concert Sept. 3

Save the date! Essential LO: Sunday, September 3, 6-8pm at Westlake Park

Join us for the party of the summer with Essential LO, a volunteer appreciation concert just for you!

We want to celebrate anyone who volunteers their time in Lake Oswego; from tutoring to Meals on Wheels and everything in between, we appreciate your contribution. Together, we can accomplish more.

Enjoy music by legendary Ural Thomas & the Pain, purchase food from a variety of delicious vendors, soak up the sun and mingle with fellow volunteers who work to make our community great!

Ural Thomas is, and forever will be, Portland's pillar of soul.

He started singing beneath his mother’s knee in church at the age of 3. By high school he led the doo-wop group the Mono Rays, breaking hearts and taking names at Jefferson High and Irvington Park along the way. Ural's voice and songwriting soon gained national attention and he found himself sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, Johnny Guitar Watson and "Little" Stevie Wonder. He played the legendary Apollo Theater 44 times. He backed the Northwest's biggest soul and garage outfits of the 1960s (The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cavaliers Unlimited) and never for a moment stopped teaching, singing and loving soul music. 

Now a 78-year old Ural is poised to represent Portland on equal ground with contemporaries like Lee Fields, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, all of whom ultimately gained their dues in their golden years. To ensure the legacy, he's backed by multi-piece band The Pain, comprised of the some of the most recognizable session and solo players in town. Band leader/drummer Scott Magee (aka DJ Cooky Parker) has arranged a set list compiled from the gilded age of soul and R&B and Ural originals, all with a sharp focus on moving the dance floor.

The foot stomping days of Jump Town, USA have returned and Ural Thomas & The Pain is here to lead the way.

What critics are saying about Ural Thomas & The Pain:

“Ural Thomas and The Pain’s debut record unleashes heartache, desire and spiritual bliss.”  -Robert Ham, Portland Mercury

“Only a singer as joyful as Ural Thomas can truly convey the wounds of love. On his debut full-length with the Pain, the young backing band that came together three years ago to elevate the 75-year-old soul man from lost relic to local living legend, the hurt runs deep.”  -Matthew Singer, Willamette Week