Saturday 4/21: Lightning Luke
Soulful, passionate, and sincere are the words used most frequently when describing Portland-raised Lucas Biespiel. Singer, songwriter, and violinist, Biespiel’s bluesy vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and wild fiddle playing have made him a versatile musical force in the Rose City’s thriving roots scene. Whether it be as a solo folk and blues singer-songwriter, or in front of his high energy, roots-driven backing band, “the Downpour,” or as a fiddler in country and folk bands around the West Coast, Lucas gets audience’s emotions running high in every show he performs.
Trained classically on the violin at a young age, Biespiel played his first show at The Satyricon, the legendary Portland dive, when he was just 14 years-old. During high school, he fronted the Backyard Blues Boys, performing at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival and throughout the Northwest. He went on to study jazz at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Now back in his hometown, Biespiel has maintained a busy gigging schedule fiddling with a multitude of local and regional acts, while continuing to play regularly as a solo artist under the stage name, “Lightnin’ Luke.” Lucas also maintains a busy touring schedule. Biespiel’s most recent release, an EP named “Tired of Singing Love Songs,” was released in December 2016 and is available now on Bandcamp.