If you track hometown stars, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Moorea Masa. To date, the 26-year-old’s career includes backup vocals with septuagenarian soul icon Ural Thomas, the Decemberists, El Vy, and country great k.d. lang. She’s studied in England, spent time in Spain, and even has an American Idol appearance under her belt. But it wasn’t until 2013, when Masa appeared alongside Ural Thomas and the Pain during the singer’s glorious comeback, that she became a known entity around these parts. Watch the Milwaukie-raised R&B-cum-folk singer and you’ll understand what others hope to harness: under a flop of curls, the diminutive powerhouse brings rich, gospel highs, and measured, sultry lows that simmer with earnest emotion.

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Aug 25, 2018 at 9:00 PM