Get on the dance floor every Sunday afternoon with Portland's best swing bands! All ages welcome.
The Sportin’ Lifers jump out of a time when names such as Johnny Otis, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Etta James, and Slim Gaillard were heard up and down the West Coast, while Paul Gayten, Professor Longhair, and scores of others held forth in The Crescent City. Rhythm, jive, swing, reefer tunes, jump blues, boogie woogie—it’s all here. Featuring dynamic vocalist Erin Wallace, the Sportin’ Lifers delight dancers and music lovers alike with Don Campbell on string bass, Steve “Thousand Dollar” Cleveland on piano, Fred Ingram on drums, Brad Ulrich on clarinet and saxophone, and Whit Draper on guitar.
With urbane lyrics and tasteful musicianship The Sportin’ Lifers play timeless songs from Dinah Washington and Louis Armstrong to Ray Charles and Ruth Brown as well as a growing group of original tunes that falls right in the same pocket. The sound is uptown but with enough juke joint grease and smoke to make everyone happy. Come see what all the fun is about, and please check your razor at the door.