Energetic, groovy 10-piece gulf coast soul group from Houston with a highly anticipated 2018 LP
3939 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR, 97227
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Suffers are a ten-piece band from Houston, TX who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin's massive voice. The band's sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene.
The Suffers' ten-piece line up was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and keyboardist/songwriter/vocalist Pat Kelly in 2011. The pair brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, and percussionist Jose "Chapy" Luna, all band mates from earlier projects. Filling out the rhythm section are accomplished jazz saxophonist Cory Wilson and songwriting/producing duo Alex Zamora on guitar/vocals and Nick Zamora on drums/vocals. Vocalist/songwriter Kam Franklin, having recently completed a tour with London-based group The Very Best, was recruited to front the band.
In a short time, the band has progressed from packing local Houston venues to accepting invitations for main stage performances at the 20th annual Austin Reggae Festival, Houston's Free Press Summer Festival, and Paste Magazine's Untapped Festival where they've shared the stage with the likes of The Wailers, Mavis Staples, Alabama Shakes, The Walkmen, and Cat Power. The Suffers have accepted four Houston Press Music Awards in two years and have been listed among the top musical acts to watch in 2014 by the Houston Press and Houston Chronicle. The band's debut video, a live performance of "Giver," was recently premiered by Side One Track One following a hugely successful performance during Austin's Free Week. Work has already begun on a follow-up to their debut 45, which will be a full-length album planned for release in 2015.
The Bandulus (BAN-DOO-LOOS) are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, a musician from Austin, TX. With the 2006 break-up of his old band Los Skarnales and leaving the Trenchtown Texans, Jeremy decided to venture out on his own and create the traditional ska, reggae, and soul sensation that is The Bandulus.
Their first full length album, Ska.Reggae.Soul, was released in 2010 featuring a smattering of well respected musicians such as Vic Ruggiero of Slackers' fame and Willy Camero, Patrick Kelly, and Jonny Meyers of The Stingers ATX. After the release, Jeremy solidified his live band with musicians from the Austin and San Antonio scenes.
In November of 2012, The Bandulus released their second full length album entitled The Times We Had. The record was worth the wait and well received, featured on countless top 10 lists for ska and reggae records. Its unique with its heavy soul influence and heartfelt lyrics but still keeps you dancing in true Bandulus fashion. While staying genuine to the 60's style traditional ska, The Times We Had crosses and mixes genres, keeping on your toes.
The Bandulus have shared the stage with yesterdays and todays top ska and reggae acts including the originators of ska The Skatalites, Inner Circle, The Wailers, The Slackers, Easy Star All Stars, The Aggrolites, Collie Budz, New Kingston, The Suffers and Grammy award winners Los Lonely Boys.
Even though its been a little over 5 years since the last release, The Bandulus have tracked what is to be their third full length at Daptone Recording Studios in Brooklyn with Uzimon producer Brett Tubin. In 2015 Jeremy decided to move from Austin to Portland. Since the move, the band has started recording songs for yet another future release so be on the lookout! Jamaican patois for bandit, The Bandulus will steal your heart and always leave you smiling.