The river of soul music flows deep and strong, and 25-year-old Leon Bridges is immersed in its life-giving current. The Forth Worth, Texas native and Columbia Records artist released his debut album, Coming Leon Bridges - photo by RamboHome, in the summer of 2015. “I’m not saying I can hold a candle to any soul musician from the ’50s and ’60s,” Bridges says, “but I want to carry the torch.” Humility aside, Bridges’ light is burning bright and with a passion for R&B that was instilled into his heart at a young age, he has taken his extraordinary voice to new levels while following the traditional format of the music. “Every now and then, music-biz hype isn’t hype – it’s well-deserved praise for real talent.” Leon Bridges is definitely that level of talent and about to take on the world.

Leon Bridges’ shows have been receiving high acclaim everywhere he performs. Your chance to catch him in Portland happens on Saturday, May 28, for an 8:00 pm show at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, with an opening set by vocalist Andra Day. This is an all ages event, with tickets available through the Portland’5 Centers For The Arts website, ranging from $29.50 to $42.50.