On Sunday, April 7, Padam Padam's distinctive interpretations of European cabaret meld with the Old World bohemian spirit of Vie de Bohème, a chic and spacious European-styled venue with outstanding live music, full bar, great food and plenty of dancing room. Step back in time as you enter Vie de Bohème, on Distillery Row (7th Ave.) in the hip Southeast Portland warehouse district and enjoy the passion and romance of Padam Padam.
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Sunday, June 16 from 7 to 9 pm
Vie de Bohème
1530 SE 7th Avenue (7th and Clay)
Tickets available at the door.
Rocking a repertoire that encompasses French cabaret, klezmer, tango and Tin Pan Alley, Padam Padam (named after an Édith Piaf song) should work nicely for a classy, continental evening out. Vocalist Lisa Platt has a winking sort of delivery that bridges the gap between the eras of the songs' origins and the sensibilities of contemporary listeners. The interplay between Kathy Fors' accordion and Barbara Bernstein's viola, with the strong support of Jaime Leopold's double bass, conveys the pleasure of shared music-making. And, to these ears, it's actually Leopold's own composition, "Window on Prince Street," that is the highlight of the ensemble's self-released, self-titled album. Hopefully, the group will continue to synthesize its influences and come up with more original material. —JEFF ROSENBERG, WILLAMETTE WEEK.