Three diverse and talented bands shook the walls of Portland’s Roseland Theater Friday night. When it was all over, more than $11,000.00 was raised for the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division’s food and clothing relief program for Portland individuals in need.

First up to bat: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
This year’s annual holiday event launched with the high-octane music of English folk/punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner. Turner’s been touring with his band The Sleeping Souls to promote their latest “break-up album” release, “Tape Deck Heart.” They were in top form Friday night.

“Plain Sailing Weather,” “Peggy Sang the Blues” and “The Way I Tend to Be” had the sell-out crowd enthralled. Turner proudly called attention to fans in possession of a “tour flag” he said had appeared at each of the numerous shows on the band’s current tour. (Turner and his musician pals flew to Portland from Ontario, Canada, for the show, and were headed to Florida next). “I Still Believe” was warmly received by the packed venue, and Turner belted out the current hit-single “Recovery,” clearly another crowd favorite.

Recovery

A wag-of-the-finger at the Roseland for their sound system, which seemed a bit fuzzy and off at times.

Maybe it’s time for a sound-system overhaul or at minimum, some minor tweaking?

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls at the Roseland, above.

Wild Feathers
For the show’s second hour, country-rockers Wild Feathers opened their set with “Hard Wind” and “Backwoods Company.”

Backwoods Company

Wild Feathers would be a great band to hear outside on a hot summer’s day, and they brought their Nashville warmth right into the heart of wind-chilled downtown Portland. They’re a tight band with blistering guitar solos, great harmonies and a relaxed, friendly, happy-to-be-here demeanor in between songs.

Head and The Heart

What could be better than a cold Black Butte Porter and Head and The Heart on the radio? Why, hearing them live with the porter on-tap, of course!

HeadandHeart

Clever, heartfelt lyrics, as well as creative song arrangements punctuated by the outstanding work of keyboardist Kenny Hensley are the hallmark of this Seattle-based Indie folk-pop band. They didn’t disappoint Friday night, covering tracks from both their brand-new “Be Still” release as well as many fan-favorites from their debut.

An epic and riveting performance of new hit-single “Shake” – a KINK-favorite – opened their setlist. From their first release came “Ghosts,” with its crowd-pleasing keyboards, and “Honey Come Home.”

From “Be Still,” songs “10,000 Weight in Gold,” “Another Story” and the reflective title track were extremely well-received by the audience. Fans sang with gusto to all of their earlier songs, particularly “Lost in My Mind,” “Rivers and Roads” and “Down in the Valley.”

Lost in My Mind

Singer and violinist Charity Rose Thielen warmly and graciously thanked and acknowledged both earlier bands; Thielen also elicited whistles and cheers from the crowd for her vocals on “Winter Song.” Guitar player and lead singer Jonathan Russell recounted a fan who’d recently personally shared her appreciation for their music with the band, and asked the audience not to hesitate to do likewise, “it means a lot to us.”

Currently on tour, Head and The Heart next head for California, Colorado and Kansas City with some shows already sold-out.

KINK’s own Dave Scott, Sheila Hamilton and Shelley B. were on-hand to kick off the evening’s festivities and later announced the proceeds from the concert and auction, and KINK’s Brad Dolbeer and Steve Pringle assisted with emceeing.

To sum up:
Just another major league KINK-sponsored event: plenty of great, affordable live music and a full house of rambunctious music-lovers showing up for a great cause. Be there next year!

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