Win Tickets ($50): Dr. Lonnie Smith w/ DJ Lord Smithingham @ Mississippi Studios | Hammond B-3 Organ Guru, Living Jazz Icon

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Dr. Lonnie Smith on Monday, April 23, 2012 at Mississippi Studios as part of the Soul’d Out Music Festival. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 20.

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From our sponsors at Soul’d Out:
Dr. Lonnie Smith @ Mississippi StudiosDr. Lonnie Smith w/ DJ Lord Smithingham
Monday, April 23, 2012
7 p.m. | $20-$25 | 21+
Purchase Tickets HERE

Mississippi Studios
3939 North Mississippi Avenue Portland, OR 97227
(503) 288-3895
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Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry.

Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend”, “Living Musical Icon” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Lonnie was blessed with the gift of music. Through his mother, he was immersed in gospel, blues and jazz at an early age. In his teens, he sang in several vocal groups including his ownthe Supremesformed long before Motown’s eventual iconic act of the same name. Lonnie also played trumpet and other instruments at school and was a featured soloist. In the late 50s with the encouragement of Art Kubera, who owned a local music store that he would visit dailyyoung Lonnie was given the opportunity to learn how to play a Hammond organ.

By completely immersing himself in the records of organists such as Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett and Jimmy Smith, as well as paying rapt attention to the church organ, a young Lonnie began to find his musical voice. “Even though I didn’t know how, I was able to play right from the beginning, Dr. Smith reflects. “I learned how to work the stops and that was it. It’s a passion for me, so everything else came naturally.Because of Mr. Kubera’s kindness, Dr. Lonnie often refers to Art as his “angel.”

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22 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Dr. Lonnie Smith w/ DJ Lord Smithingham @ Mississippi Studios | Hammond B-3 Organ Guru, Living Jazz Icon

  1. Eric_S April 19, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Ah snap, first comment! Well, I appreciate nearly 90% of everything on which I’ve heard Dr. Smith appear, especially his Lou Donaldson stuff. Now, I have the opportunity to take a hot date somewhere, and this would be perfect. And the fact that it would be free would make it even more perfecter.

  2. Jason Andrew Castro April 19, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I study music on my free time between school and usual life. I’m getting stressed from time’s demands and I want to let go for a night, and ride the waves of a B-3 guru.

  3. Spirit Runner (Kathy Wilson) April 19, 2012 at 10:52 am #


  4. kc April 19, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    My son would be beside himself with joy if I gave him these tickets! Please please please!

  5. Michael Afentoulis April 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    My wife is an avid keyboardist and pianist, and I would love to surprise her with tickets to the great Dr. Lonnie Smith!

  6. Alan Silver April 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    I have been in love with the Hammond Organ since hearing Shirley Scott on cassette as a kid. A friend and I are teaching the Thriller dance Sunday afternoon as part of an ever-expanding fundraiser for SMYRC, and what a way for me to thank her than to be able to take her to soak in Dr Smith’s amazing vibes.

    xoxo PDX Pipeline!

  7. Mike Cizzle April 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Dr Smith is an amazing artist. To see him live and in person with a good friend on a otherwise boring Monday night – man, I would be stoked. Talk about an great night of music and stress relief!

  8. John April 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    The Guru himself will be making rainbows of music floating from his keyboard and intoxicating the listeners! Would love tickets!

  9. Hania April 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    The Lord”s beauty and mystique would be wonderful to bask in for an evening.

  10. Keri Ann April 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    LOVE me some Hammond Organ and Dr. Lonnie Smith!!! Pick me please!!

  11. Craig Ogden April 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Friday is my birthday and this “the master kickin it for his angel” in my home town would make for the best bday of my life. All hail the Dr. and his wicked B-3 skills.

  12. Matt Shoobridge April 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    I want to see this riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!

  13. daVe April 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    i’m gonna admit it: just a few days ago, i had no knowledge of this cat. then a bud of mine introduced us, and i’d love to repay him for the intro by inviting him along to the show! (um, this is where you come in;-)

  14. Leonard April 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Love the B-3 jazz!

  15. Michael Braim April 20, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    I am really excited to see as much of the Soul’d Out Music Festival as I can.

  16. Chioma April 20, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Cause all you need is soul. You got it. I want it.

  17. Josh C April 20, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    I would like to win because Esparanza Spalding is overrated and Dr. Lonnie Smith is underrated. Plus, I’ve never seen him live. Pick me!

  18. panda April 20, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    organ guru? yes!

  19. Rebecca April 20, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Not for self–but soul-loving, music-hungry husband’s birthday. Art is my Angel.

  20. Erik Pierson April 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    This would be a totally rad experience! I’ve never seen a bad show at Mississippi, and this looks like a real treat. Really!

  21. Jared April 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Also never seen Lonnie live. Thanks!

  22. Benjamin May 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    This is one of the most interesting humans on the face of the earth. That’s why.

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