The Stolen Sweets
with Casey MacGill Friday, April 18th $12 at the door
Portland’s premier vintage swing jazz combo, The Stolen Sweets, will be gracing the stage this evening, joining forces with Seattle’s inimitable pre-war jazz wunderkind, Casey MacGill, in a reprise performance of their 2013 partnership.
The Stolen Sweets formed in 2005 with the intention of reviving the songs of 30’s New Orleans sister act, The Boswell Sisters. The Boswell Sisters were popular harmony singers in the late 20’s and early 30’s, keeping company with the likes of the Dorsey Brothers, Bunny Berigan, and Benny Goodman -- partnerships that provided the jazz world with some of its most influential recordings. The nature of the music was auspicious and good-humored, providing a ray of hope to listeners during a truly dispiriting economic depression. Unlike the original Boswell arrangements that featured piano, clarinet, and horns, the Sweets incorporate gypsy jazz accompaniment, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt.
In early, 2013, when the Sweets’ own Pete Krebs was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma; Seattle’s Casey MacGill stepped in to fill Pete’s very big shoes, so the Sweets could continue playing gigs while Pete recovered from major surgery.
Casey’s multi-instrumental prowess (piano, voice, cornet, ukulele) and sweeping, encyclopedic knowledge of early jazz forms made him a natural collaborator for the Sweets, and they are forever indebted to him for stepping in to learn so much material on the fly. They enjoyed playing with him so much that they’re doing it again, this time with Pete fully on board and healthy again. Last time Casey’s trio took to the Jimmy Mak’s stage in September 2013, dumbstruck audience members were quoted as saying, “Who is THIS?” And that’s no joke people.
This is gonna be one incredible night of music so get your dinner reservations quickly!
Learn more at www.stolensweets.com and www.caseymacgill.com.
Tell Mama! A Tribute to Etta James
Saturday, April 19th Two shows, 7:30pm & 10:00pm Advanced tickets $15 Reserved Seating/$12 General Admission Available at Tickettomato.com
Arguably one of the most important singers in the history of blues music, Etta James carved her reputation in the form of many indelible hits over a seven-decade-career. Her music lives on within the Portland music scene.
After her passing in 2012, pianist and composer DK Stewart and horn arranger Chris Mercer organized an Etta James Tribute show, and released a live recording of the event. This amazing CD continues to receive praise nationwide.
In addition to Oregon Music and CBA Muddy Hall of Fame recipient DK Stewart on piano, the band features award-winning guitarists Chris Carlson and Peter Dammann. Percussionist Ed Pierce and bassist Joseph Conrad round out this versatile rhythm section. Former Robert Cray Band trumpet player and arranger Joe McCarthy joins Mercer for a smooth and dynamic horn section.
The line-up of vocalists reads like a “who's who” of the Northwest’s finest female leads and includes Rae Gordon, LaRhonda Steele, Duffy Bishop, Lady Kat, and Lisa Mann...whew, what a roster!
Folks, we’ve been waiting for this show to hit our stage for quite some time and we fully expect both of them to sell out so don’t hesitate! Get your tickets and dinner reservations right now and be here for this wonderful night of music!
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Dinner reservations are always recommended to guarantee seating for weekend shows, and special events. Please call us at 503-295-6542 to make reservations.
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