Vikesh Kapoor celebrates the release of his debut album "The Ballad Of Willy Robbins" at the Portland Playhouse, Portland OR. With special guests The Deslondes and Los Dos Amigos.
Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm This is a seated show, so please plan to arrive on time.
Following a spur-of-the-moment cross-country trip with a pair of fiery European girls, Vikesh Kapoor left school for a brief yet inspiring stint as a mason's apprentice. The America he had previously known resided narrowly between his childhood home in rural Pennsylvania and the New England university he left home for. Alongside his parents' own immigrant struggles, these experiences quickly witnessed Kapoor to the scope of the American dream.
A few years later, Kapoor performed at Howard Zinn's memorial service in Boston, in front of Zinn's family and colleagues (including Noam Chomsky). Roused by Zinn's lifelong battle against class/race injustice, Kapoor spent the next two years in Portland, Oregon working on his full-length debut record. The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, a concept album loosely based on a newspaper article, chronicles the brutal but hopeful story of a working class man who slowly loses everything: ambitions, health, family and shelter. It's a worker's tale, less specific to the blue-collar life as it is about anyone struggling to make something of themselves.
The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, out October 15th via Mama Bird Recording Co., was co-produced by Adam Selzer (M. Ward) and features Nate Query (Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jeff Ratner (Langhorne Slim) and Birger Olsen (Denver). www.vikeshkapoor.com -
The Deslondes (formerly Tumbleweeds) are a New Orleans-based country-soul, R&B, folk and gospel-influenced band. In their writing and performing, they combine elements of early Stax, Sun and Atlantic records with the influence of a more raw, stripped-down sound gleaned off field recordings from Alan Lomax and Mississippi Records catalogue. www.thedeslondes.com/
Portland Playhouse (View)
602 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211