On Saturday, April 8th, Portland’s “Pillar of Soul,” Ural Thomas and his nine-piece band, The Pain, will bring their soulful blues to Marmoset in support of education, community and equality for the St. Andrews Nativity School.
Serving our community is the bottom line for us at Marmoset. Not only do we strive to take care of our family of artists and musicians, but we hope to foster growth and support in our broader community -- the families we see at the park, the strangers who smile at us on the bus, the friendly faces from the grocery store. We’re honored to host this benefit show for St. Andrew’s Nativity School, Portland’s tuition-free middle school for children who live at or below the poverty line.
St. Andrew’s serves 86 students from the Portland area, offering them a 100 percent scholarship-based program, covering educational needs and beyond. Because of the individual attention that comes from small class sizes, many of the Nativity School’s students are able to advance five grade levels in just three years -- setting them not only equal to their peers, but ahead of the curve.
After attending St. Andrews, 92 percent of students go on to graduate high school and 80 percent finish college, allowing for a future that these students may never have imagined.
This year, Portland fixture and soul-legend, Ural Thomas, will be headlining the event. Thomas’s lengthy career includes a breadth of classic soul tunes and performances alongside James Brown, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder.
We’re more than proud to support this amazing cause and we hope you’ll join us, Ural Thomas & the Pain, and fellow members of the Portland community in supporting equal education and opportunity with a night of exceptional music, food, beer and company.