Last Tuesday offers feast of sound, dance
Beavertons Last Tuesday event will feature a pairing of soulful blues and jazz rooted in the traditions of the south along with native dance and music from across North America.
With personal roots steeped in southern blues and jazz, Grammy-nominated Patrick Lamb will perform along with native American dances from Painted Sky and Northstar Dance Company at The Round Fountain Plaza at Beavertons Last Tuesday on July 31.
Lamb is an artist with soul, versatility and creativity. Presented with the Independent Spirit Award by the city of Portland, an award given to individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the community, he is known for uplifting lives with the power of his music.
His childhood began in Jackson, Miss., where he began playing in clubs, studying under former Fats Waller band member Andy Hardwick and performing with groups that opened for B.B. King and played with G.C. Cameron, formerly with the Temptations.
Lamb quickly made a name for himself after moving to the Pacific Northwest, where he has since been awarded three Muddy Awards by the northwest blues community.
He currently tours with legends like Bobby Caldwell, two-time Grammy winning Diane Schuur and Gino Vannelli as well as his Motown and 1970s funk band, American Soul.
What began in 1995 under the direction of Mary Hager as Painted Sky, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the Native American culture through traditional music, story, song and dance has expanded into an intertribal community outreach dance company, Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company.
Established in February 2005 by Hager, Arlie Neskahi, Karen Kitchen and Gerry Rainingbird to reconnect native youth with their heritage, the dance company blends native styles of dance and music with contemporary styles of jazz, lyrical, tap and hip-hop.
Dressed in the colorful traditions of their ancestors, Painted Sky and the Northstar Dance Company will light up the stage in a cross-cultural performance of talented dancers and storytellers of movement.