THE EXTRAORDINARY EUROPEAN CABARET SOUND OF PADAM PADAM CAN NOW BE HEARD THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT VIE DE BOHEME, 1530 SE 7th AVENUE (at the corner of Clay).
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Sunday, April 26 at 6:30 pm
Vie de Boheme
1530 SE 7th Avenue (at the corner of 7th and Clay), Portland, Oregon
Admission $5 - tickets available at the door
Sunday, July 19 - 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Sandy Summer Sounds - Wine in the Woods 2015
Meinig Park, Ampitheater
39250 Pioneer Blvd.
Sandy, Oregon (behind Sandy City Hall)
Rocking a repertoire that encompasses French cabaret, klezmer, tango and Tin Pan Alley, Padam Padam (named after an Édith Piaf song) should work nicely for a classy, continental evening out. Vocalist Lisa Platt has a winking sort of delivery that bridges the gap between the eras of the songs' origins and the sensibilities of contemporary listeners. The interplay between Kathy Fors' accordion and Barbara Bernstein's viola, with the strong support of Jaime Leopold's double bass, conveys the pleasure of shared music-making. And, to these ears, it's actually Leopold's own composition, "Window on Prince Street," that is the highlight of the ensemble's self-released, self-titled album. Hopefully, the group will continue to synthesize its influences and come up with more original material. —JEFF ROSENBERG, WILLAMETTE WEEK.