Win Tickets ($90): Soul’d Out Music Festival Presents Roy Ayers & Bobby Caldwell @ Roseland Theater | Godfather of Neo Soul

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Soul’d Out Music Festival Presents Roy Ayers & Bobby Caldwell @ Roseland Theater on April 20. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 19.


From our sponsors:
Roy Ayers & Bobby Caldwell
April 20, 2019
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. |$45-$55 | 21+

Roseland Theater
8 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, CA on September, 10 1940. He comes by his affinity with music naturally, as his mother Ruby Ayers was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father Roy Sr., a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist. As it often happens in a household filled with the love and the appreciation which for music, Roy began to demonstrate his musical aptitude by the tender age of five, by which time he was playing boogie woogie tunes on the piano. He turned to the steel guitar by the age of nice, had stints during his teens playing flute, trumpet and drums before embracing the vibes as his instrument of choice.

Perhaps Roy’s karmic destiny as a vibraphonist was by his parents’ decision to allow him attend a concert featuring the great Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. During “Hamps” customary stroll down the aisle to thank you his audience for attending, he noticed and ecstatic five-year-old boy. So impressed was “Hamp” by the child’s ebullience he walked over and presented young Roy Ayers Jr. with the gift of a lifetime- a pair of vibe mallets. During Roy’s adolescence, although his parents required that his schoolwork remain his primary focus, his mother managed to fit in piano lessons, which served to enhance his public school education. In addition to Roy’s involvement with various instruments, he also sang in the church choir. Then, at seventeen years of age his parents presented him with a set of vibes and the rest, as they say, is history.

Roy began at first study independently, then eventually discovered that Bobby Hutcherson, a rising vibraphonist, lived in his neighborhood, and subsequently he began to work under Bobby’s tutelage. Their relationships as friends and musicians blossomed, with regular meetings between the two to collaborate and practice. During this period, Roy went on to form very first group of which he was the leader, while a student of Jefferson High school. Appropriately enough, he first named the group the Jefferson Combo, later re-naming the group to the Latin Lyrics. After graduation from Jefferson High, Roy attended Los Angeles City College where he studied advanced music theory.

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12 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): Soul’d Out Music Festival Presents Roy Ayers & Bobby Caldwell @ Roseland Theater | Godfather of Neo Soul

  1. Albert Boston-El April 16, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    I am a big fan of Roy Ayers and have all of his albums. I met Roy when he performed in my hometown back in 1990. We took a picture together, he even autographed a napkin for and had a drink together during the break. I felt honored when he mentioned my name during the second set. I would love to attend this concert just to be able to see Roy again. Thank You.

  2. Sam April 16, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

    Legends! I would love to go.

  3. Chezz April 16, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    Vibes madness! Got to go! Thanks.

  4. Nora April 16, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    Yes, this is gonna be a great show! Really want to go!

  5. Betsy April 16, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    YESSSS! Would love these tix!

  6. Sarah Folsom April 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

    I love all the music this house brings to very grateful.thank you for the opportunity to win

  7. James April 17, 2019 at 3:30 am #

    ” What we would” do to be at a concert where it is ” 0 in july ” with Two Legends that would make you dance.

  8. Suzy April 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    Oh man oh man…..would love to get a chance to boogie down with my sweet bay bay!!

  9. Adam Jones April 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

    It would be very “ubiquitous” to hear him play some funk from the Polydor years.

  10. RYAN HEALY April 17, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

    LOVE Roy Ayers. I’m actually saving up for a set of vibraphones because of him.

  11. Zach April 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm #

    I would do almost anything to see these legends live!

  12. GentillyGirl April 20, 2019 at 9:46 am #

    I miss this music from my teen years in New Orleans so cant miss it up here in the PacNW! Saw Roy Ayers during the 1984 World’s Fair at that club near the river in — he was amazing. And Bobby Caldwell OMG.

    Missed this contest so bout a ticket anyway. See ya tonight!!

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