When The Rad Trads formed in the Spring of 2012, they were meeting each other in New York City’s East Village for the first time, transplants from Chicago, Portland, and Washington D.C., looking to play with the best musicians they could find. Their horns, guitars, drums, and love for the classics like The Band, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John brought them together — and of course, beer. Making rent playing four-hour gigs in every bar and beer hall that would have them, the guys dominated New York City and Brooklyn with their punk-rock energy and showmanship, so they decided to take their show on the road. Almost five years later, the Rad Trads have played on four Continents, headlining tours and opening for acts such as Tom Jones, Charles Bradley, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Margaret Glaspy, The Lone Bellow, Con Brio, and Dustbowl Revival. They have toured Europe six times, played in 14 countries, 32 U.S. States and are soon releasing their second full length album of original music with its own creative direction and sound. Members of The Rad Trads have performed or recorded with renowned acts such as St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Deer Tick, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Sarah Jarosz, Christopher Paul Stelling, David Duchovny, Lenny Pickett, Red Baraat as well as leading their own critically acclaimed bands.
The Rad Trads will be coming to Portland on Thursday, August 17 as part of a double bill alongside Reno’s funk soul outfit The Sextones taking place at Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark Street. Show time is 10:00 pm. Contact the venue at 503-239-9292 for admission information.