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Old school soul, R&B highlight music fest

williewNew Orleans songwriter-producer Allen Toussaint died in November of last year, leaving behind a slew of hit records he wrote, from “Working in a Coal Mine” to “Southern Nights,” as well as ones he produced, including Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade” and Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time.”

As part of the Soul’d Out Music Festival taking place this week, the Portland band Ural Thomas and The Pain will be backing up one of Toussaint’s friends, deep soul singer Willie West, at a tribute show, which also features Modern Nolatet. The show takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $20, and you can find out more info

West, 74, will sing his own hits, some of which Toussaint wrote, and Thomas, one of Portland’s most powerful frontmen, will join The Pain at show’s end to do a few numbers, as well. Of all the shows the festival is putting on, this is the one for serious students of old school R&B, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul. Read more…