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Silky, Lyckitty Split play grooves at the Saloon

Joey Porter has put his songwriting chops to work with Silky, composing a myriad of chunky R&B originals, some harkening back to Stevie Wonder a la “Talking Book” while others sound a bit more modal with a Jill Scott, new school hip-hop flavor.

On Friday, Hood River gets its taste of Silky at the River City Saloon. Show time is 9:30 p.m.

Porter has also recruited a talented roster of local musicians: Guitarist Ben Efran (Shamir) and members of Porterhouse, Josh Cliburn (sax), Sean Foote (bass), and Whityn Owen (drums). As Porter describes it, “in this project we are just five back-up guys dedicated to the groove.”

Rising above it all is Olivia Warfield. While the band lays down fat, nasty grooves, Warfield’s breathtaking voice caresses you with thoughtful, original lyrics, intricate melodies, and irresistible hooks.

While attending PSU, she would visit the Candlelight Room in Portland every Tuesday night to listen to Linda Hornbuckle sing.

“[Linda] is one of the most amazing singers I’ve ever heard live. Each time she sings it is with such passion and grace. I don’t think she knows it, but she is one of my heroes.” And whether Olivia knows it or not, she has taken after Linda with the same commanding stage presence, making Silky a joy to listen to as well as watch.

Silky has been busy of late, playing to packed houses at clubs in the Portland area. Their weekly series “Soul in the City” at the Bitter End Pub has enjoyed an overwhelming response, while feature stories in The Oregonian and on Oregon Art Beat continue to spread the word.

They plan to record their first full-length album in the spring.

On Saturday night, Lyckitty Split brings its big, six-piece sound to the stage at the River City. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.rivercitysaloon.com.

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