Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Alejandro Escovedo at Aladdin on Friday

This show is going to be one rockin' good time! Alejandro with the Burn Something Beautiful Band ... and The Minus 5, too! 

Beloved Texas troubadour Alejandro Escovedo and The Burn Something Beautiful Band featuring: Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch and Linda Pitmon arrive at the Aladdin Theater on Friday, November 10th! Tickets are on sale now, click here to purchase!

Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo released Burn Something Beautiful in October 2016. Escovedo's first solo endeavor since 2012's highly acclaimed Big Station, is in actuality, a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album's songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project's producers.
Escovedo and company take some mighty big swings here. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo's soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded at Portland's Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, The Flat Fie) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).

Monday, November 6, 2017

Southern Culture On The Skids tomorrow night at the Aladdin

Fun show tomorrow night at the Aladdin!

Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since since they formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1983. Guitarist/singer Rick Miller, drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych, all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. It's a musical gumbo Miller calls, "Americana from the wrong side of the tracks." The band has been prolific and ubiquitous for over thirty years, touring everywhere from the North Carolina Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan and delivering what Rolling Stone calls "a hell raising rock and roll party."

Check out the video for the psychedelic "Grey Skies" from the band's fifth album The Electric Pinecones and catch them live at the Aladdin Theater on Tuesday, November 7th with The Black Crabs! Tickets are on sale now, click here to purchase!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

OK, OK.....back from the void....

Our fearless leader has provoked my input again...sorry..
He got Billy Bragg and J.D McPherson, so how about:  Deathlist (record release) and the Fur Coats at Fixin' To, Oct. 6, Rob Wynia at Kennedy School, Oct. 12, Chuck Prophet at Old Church, Oct. 13, Ty Curtis, Jack London Revue, Oct. 14 (though that is also the Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction party at the Aladdin), Brian Koch from Blitzen Trapper's duo, Dead Lee at Laurelthirst, Oct. 17, Bob Mould at Doug Fir, Oct. 20 (I will be your merch girl...), Jon Koonce at Mission Theatre with Gas Hogs opening, Oct. 27 (I will be reliving my merch girl role...)....and Morrissey on Halloween if you have about $100 to spare....but if you want to buy me an early birthday present, there's that or The National or the Foo Fighters...
Non-musical plug....Lakewood Theatre Costume Shop Sale is Oct., 27, 28, us clear out the old and justify my existence as the glorified laundress....

Friday, September 29, 2017

Back with some live music options!

The spaces between posts go longer ... hoping to correct that between now and end of the year. Summer's over, the rain will makes its return and even without the outdoor options, there will be plenty of great music choices every week. So let's see what's happening this Octoberfest weekend ...

Maybe you have tickets to the sold out Sturgill Simpson show at the Schnitz or the Janet Jackson show at Moda, but if not ... here are some other musical treats for Friday:

A great early music pick is to head to The Secret Society for Becky Kilgore and the Cowhands. One of the best jazz vocalists does her take on western swing and country ... 6 pm, $6  ... and stay for the later show to catch The Rock Bottom Boys and The Junebugs ... 9 pm, $12

BTW, you can also catch Rebecca Kilgore every Sunday evening in October at Jo Bar on NW 23rd.

It's an evening of soulful blues guitar and storytelling with "the Ambassador of the Blues," internationally acclaimed artist and performer Guy Davis. Concert is at The Hallowed Halls in SE Portland ... 7 pm, $25

The Brothers of The Baladi bring their brand of Middle Eastern/world music to the Fremont Theater ... 8 pm, $5

The UkeLadies are having a CD release party at Mississippi Pizza ... 9 pm, $8

Check out some fine Latin jazz with the Bobby Torres Ensemble at Jack London Revue ... 8 pm, $12

The Rose City Kings are at the Laurelthirst ... 9:30 pm, $8

Back in great form, The Dream Syndicate are in town at the Star Theater ... 

If you're going to the Widmer Octoberfest at Pioneer Courthouse Square, it will include a concert by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats ....

Early music? I'd recommend The Buzz Holland 6 featuring Paul Brainard at the Laurelthirst ... 6 pm, no cover

Tracy Grammer returns to Portland for a CD release show at the Alberta Rose. Joining her is long-time musical partner, Jim Henry ... 8 pm, $22

Leyla McCalla will be at The Old Church. Who? 
Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty. It vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.
I've heard her ... she's very good! Highly recommended ... 7:30 pm, $12

Karen Lovely is at Catfish Lou's doing a show that's a fundraiser for The Pongo Fund ... 9 pm, $5

Colin Hay will be at Revolution Hall ... 8 pm, $40/$52

King Louie and LaRhonda Steele will be at South Fork on NE Fremont ... 8 pm, no cover

The Bayou Boys (with the amazing Mark Shark back from touring) do their fine Sunday set at Blackwells in Hollywood. And you never know who might join the party ... 5 pm, no cover

Shawn Colvin is doing a 20th anniversary tour for A Few Small Repairs, the album that brought her widespread attention (and awards). She and her band, with special guests Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, will be at Revolution Hall .... 8 pm, $48

And for your radar ...
Billy Bragg at the Aladdin on Tuesday
Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees featuring Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, and Dave Matthews at the Aladdin on Wednesday
JD McPherson and Nikki Lane at the Crystal Ballroom on Thursday
Sarah Jarosz at the Aladdin on Friday
BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet at the Alberta Rose on Saturday
Randy Newman at Revolution Hall on Tuesday, October 10
The Mavericks at Revolution Hall on Wednesday, October 11

Friday, September 8, 2017

James Low Return Blowout! ... tonight at the Laurelthirst

Tonight I recommend you head over to the Laurelthirst for the return to Portland of James Low.

After 4 years in Malaysia, James is back at the 'Thirst with a band featuring Tim Huggins, Ned Folkerth, Lewi Longmire, Paul Brainard, and Ralph Huntley. 

Big fun and a big welcome home! Hope to see you there!

Also ...
This coming Monday evening has three great choices with Jason Isbell at the Keller, Robbie Fulks at the White Eagle, and Dustbowl Revival at the Lake Theater!