Friday, August 31, 2018

No labor to find cool music this weekend!

The unofficial end of summer is drawing nigh, so if you're in or near Portland this weekend, here's a few musical options to check out ...

Every Labor Day weekend there's Art in the Pearl ... besides some visually stunning work to enjoy, there's also a stage of music to check out with some of Portland's finest including Beth Wood, Karyn Ann, Radio Stranger, Pretty Gritty, Will West, Kathryn Claire, and Anna Tival. Saturday thru Monday.

Up for a lovely drive to Mt. Hood? Every Labor Day, Timberline hosts the Timberline Mountain Music Festival. The focus of this 7th year is on string and acoustic artists and music goes from 12:30 to 7 pm. Free.

And it's the final weekend of the Oregon State Fair in Salem, where tonight you can catch John Kay & Steppenwolf and The Guess Who!

It's also Music Millennium's annual sidewalk sale today through Monday ... opportunity to find some great deals on music!

The Hot Tuna Electric with Steve Kimock show at Rev Hall is sold out, so here are some other options:

The Buzz Holland Five with Paula Sinclair have the happy hour show at the Alberta Street Pub ... 6 pm, no cover

The James Low Irregulars are at the Laurelthirst ... 7 - 10 pm, no cover

Redray Frazier and Ezra Holbrook are at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Sellwood ... 8 pm, no cover

Mitch Kashmar and Junior Watson (West Coast Toast) are at the Mekong Bistro ... 8:30 pm, $25

Louis Pain and LaRhonda Steele are at Bluehour ... 9 pm, no cover

3 Leg Torso and Chervona are at Atlantis Lounge (Mississippi Pizza) ... 9 pm, $15

Prince's best backing band, The Revolution, are at the Crystal Ballroom ... 9 pm, $40


It's The Goods (Lara Michell, Little Sue, Sarah King) last happy hour show of the year at the Alberta Street Pub at 6 pm. They will be followed by Mike Coykendall, Michael Jodell & Matt Brown, and Sarah Gwynn at 8 pm.

Kris Deelane and The Hurt will be rockin' the Laurelthirst from 7 - 10 pm , no cover

Fernando will do his final Portland show tonight at Dante's before an indefinite break from performing live ... 9 pm, $12

The Strange Tones are at Vinyl Tap in Oak Grove ... 8:30 pm, no cover

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Great music choices this weekend!

Lotta music, people! On the festival front there's Festa Italiana going on all weekend in Pioneer Square with music, food and activities. Also thru the weekend, it's the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival in Esther Short Park. Saturday, it's the Jade International Night Market, and on Sunday it's the Hawthorne Street Fair.

Early ... how about Pete Krebs & His Portland Playboys at Secret Society ... 6 pm, $6

The dual talents of Amanda Shires and Lilly Hiatt make for a great double bill at the Alberta Rose Theater ... 8 pm, $27.50

Pink Martini does the first of their annual weekend shows at the Oregon Zoo (also Saturday) ... 7 pm, $38 +

Marcia Ball
Across the river at the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival, the headliner Friday is the fabulous (and one of my very favorite musicians/human beings) Marcia Ball. Also check out the lineup for Saturday and Sunday as it's pretty strong ... 8:30 pm, $20

The Bobby Torres Ensemble is at Arrividerci Wine Bar in Milwaukie ... 8 pm

The Sportin' Lifers are at the Muddy Rudder in Sellwood ... 8 pm

The Jack London Revue hosts the Tezeta Band ... 9:30 pm, $12

Early ... check out the duo of Spud Siegel and Turtle Vandermaar at the Goose Hollow Inn ... 6 pm

Rich Layton & the Troublemakers are at McMenamin's Rock Creek Tavern ... 8 pm

James Clem is at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm

The Little Sue Band is at the Laurelthirst ... 8 pm

The Strange Tones are at The Blue Diamond ... 8 pm

Soul Vaccination is at the Trails End Saloon in Oregon City ... 8:30 pm

Kris Deelane & The Hurt are at the Gemini Bar & Grill in Lake Oswego ... 9 pm

It's the last Pickin' on Sunday show at the Doug Fir with Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters ... 3 pm

The Minus 5 will do a happy hour show at the Alberta Street Pub ... 5 pm

Sister Mercy is at Millennium Park in Lake O ... 6 pm

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fairs, celebrations, BBQs and music!

Whoa ... I recommend staying outdoors on Saturday for some fine free summer events that include lots of music. And no complaining about the weather - it will be cloudy in the upper 70s!

It's the annual Alberta Street Fair where there'll be three stages of music. Great stuff to check out all day!

It's also Music Millennium's 26th annual Customer Appreciation BBQ with music from 11 am - 6 pm in the MM parking lot, food, beer, prizes and more. Come out and say hi and thanks to Terry Currier and his great MM team.

Help KBOO celebrate 50 years of community radio with a block party. There'll be music from noon to 10 pm. SE 8th Ave between Ankeny and Ash streets.

Cascade Zydeco is holding their annual picnic at Frenchman's Bar Regional Park in Vancouver from noon to 4 pm.

If that's not enough for Saturday, head over to Laurelhurst Park for the Portland Festival Symphony with Special Guest 3 Leg Torso at 6 pm.

If you're not too tired after a full day of running from event to event, I'd recommend hitting the World Famous Kenton Club for at roots music night with Big Sandy & the Jumptown Aces. ... 8 pm $10

Friday, August 3, 2018

August weekend music picks

August? Already? Lots going on as we move through summer!

First weekend of August? Of course, it's Pickathon! There's still weekend and single day tickets available for this always exciting multi-genre festival experience. And the weather is going to be perfect. Check out their website for a video feed of live and recorded performances.

Also on the festival schedule is the Vanport Jazz Festival on Saturday and The Tualatin Crawfish Festival on Friday and Saturday. And in Portland street festivals, on Saturday it's the Fremont Festival!

Happy hour? How about The Buzz Holland Five with Paula Sinclair at the Starday (6 pm, no cover) or the Jumptown Aces at the Secret Society (6 pm, $6)

Louisiana slide guitar master and songwriter Sonny Landreth will be at the Aladdin ... 8 pm, $30

The tasty jazz guitar and vocals of Tuck & Patti will be at the Alberta Rose. Special guest Adlai Alexander opens ... 8 pm, $30

New Orleans brass bands seem to want to visit the northwest in the summer. Go figure! First it was the Dirty Dozen, tonight it's Rebirth at the Star Theater (9 pm, $30), and Monday night it's Big Sam's Funky Nation at Mississippi Studios (8 pm, $18)

Saeeda Wright & The Wright Way are at the Jack London Revue ... 9 pm, $15

Music through the day at the Rock Creek Hoedown at the Rock Creek Tavern.

For happy hour, catch The Resolectrics at the Laurelthirst (no cover), The Goods at the Alberta Street Pub (no cover), or the Libertine Belles at the Secret Society ($6) ... all at 6 pm.

Celebrated North Carolina band, Delta Rae, is at the Alberta Rose ... 8 pm, $28

Lauren Sheehan and Friends will be at the Muddy Rudder in Sellwood ... 8 pm, no cover

At the Jack London, it's Seattle flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny leading an all-star quintet featuring visiting artists and vocalist Holly Pyle in an evening of Jazz From The Silver Screen. Matheny was voted "NW Instrumentalist of the Year" in this year's Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards ... 9 pm, $10

Check out vocalist Sara Niemietz and Emmy-award winning composer, Snuffy Walden at the White Eagle. This will be a treat ... 7 pm, $10

I'm sure there's more, but here ya go! 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Slackers in Paradise

I'm beating the heat on the coast this weekend and slacking on music recommendations (but highly confident you'll figure out things to do on your own).

Though speaking of slacking ... here's a great opportunity to hear some primo slack key guitar on Monday and Tuesday with Jim "Kimo" West and Ken Emerson on their "Slackers in Paradise" tour! Paradise on Monday and Tuesday being the Lake Theater in Lake Oswego ... 
Jim "Kimo" West and Ken Emerson are both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. They strive for freshness and spontaneity in their duet shows and include musical influences that go beyond the islands to the world of blues, folk, ragtime and jazz. Besides his solo slack key career, Kimo has been the recording and touring guitarist with the world's most famous musical satirist, "Weird Al" Yankovic. Ken played on the first-ever winner in the Grammy's Hawaiian category as well Donald Fagen's ( Steely Dan) Grammy-winning "Morph The Cat." He has performed with Hawaiian slack key legends such as Gabby Pahinui, Moe Keale and Raymond Kane and his many other touring/ recording credits include Jackson Browne, Pablo Cruise, Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite ,Elvin Bishop and with members of the Grateful Dead.

7 pm, $20 -