Here's the amazing new video that Into the Woods shot of Ural Thomas at his home. Thomas has been around since the '50s and '60s, opening for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding. You can also read Matt Stangel's great essay about the video shoot, which contains plenty of info about Thomas' fascinating background (although it's impossible that Thomas opened for Redding in 1972) as well as the very interesting life he's led since his soul-singing heyday. Watch this video. It is excellent.
ALSO: Thomas is performing tomorrow night at the Oregon Historical Society at the grand opening for the very cool Oregon Rocks exhibit, brought to you by OHS and the Dill Pickle Club—more of which you can read about in this week's paper—and we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. Simply leave a comment below mentioning your favorite Oregon band or musician from any era, and we'll pick one at random. Good luck! This contest will close today at 5 pm.
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]
Ural Thomas w/the Kingsmen, Pierced Arrows, Quasi, DH Hwy 7; Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park, 5:30-11 pm, $10; buy tickets here