Monday, April 16, 2018

Music this week - a few highlights!

There's a couple of shows I'd like to give y'all a heads-up on that are happening this week.

First, tonight Thad Beckman subs for Lloyd Jones at the Muddy Rudder - always a treat when Thad comes over to the east side ... 8 pm, no cover

Also tonight is Mary Flower & the BBQ Boys at the Lake Theater ... 7 pm, $??

And the Bayou Boyz with special guest Kevin Selfe are at the Mekong Bistro ... 7:30 pm, no cover

Tomorrow night it's a rare opportunity to catch Gurf Morlix at the White Eagle. Here's a little something about one of those Texas-bred musicians who's one of those songwriter's songwriters. Plus a guitar player and producer who makes anyone's project better. He's touring to support of his new release, 'The Soul and The Heal.'
Buffalo born and Texas bred, Morlix has provided countless indelible musical moments in the last 40-plus years-his exemplary guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams, his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon, his production of watermark albums for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier - and a series of eight international chart-topping solo records that have a singular worldview, both harrowing and heartening, often at the same time.
The record's title, The Soul & The Heal, gives a clue to the songwriter's signature way with words, bending and shaping them to communicate in a voice both clever and insightful. The songwriter says that the title speaks to "the healing of the soul from all the damage we inflict on ourselves."
 Local duo Silver Lake 66 opens ... 8 pm, $15

This week (Wednesday thru Sunday), it's the outstanding Soul'd Out Festival with shows at a number of venues in Portland. Check out their schedule which includes Erykah Badu, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bettye LaVette, the Rebirth Brass Band and much more. 

Lot's more out there ... if you don't hear it from me, good places to check are the WW music calendar and the Portland Mercury calendar. They don't list everything, but a good start in seeing what's happening.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April music showers - Portland live music picks for the weekend

Showering you with choices for Friday and Saturday ...

Friday -
Early music? How about James Low solo at Kouzina (no cover), or Pete Krebs & his Portland Playboys at the Secret Society ($6) - both from 6 - 8. Or head to Edgefield for The Resolectric at 7 (no cover).

A classical performance take on the music of Eliott Smith? Why not ... tonight Third Angle Music and Hand2Mouth Theater will be doing just that at the Alberta Rose ... 7:30 pm, $35

In my corner of the SE world, the Junebugs are at the Muddy Rudder (8 pm, no cover) and James Clem is at Wine30 in Milwaukie (7:30 pm, no cover)

Turtle's Guitar Mafia (including Terry Robb) is at the Rock Creek Tavern ... 8 pm, no cover - BTW, Turtle VanDemarr brings the Guitar Mafia to a week's residency at Al's Den starting Sunday night at 7 - with a bunch of special guests.

Kris Deelane & the Hurt are at the Gemini Bar and Grill in Lake O ... 9 pm

At the Doug Fir, it's a 10 Year Anniversary and Reissue Release Show for Federale's "La Rayar." The show features a lineup of Fluff and Gravy Records artists - Federale, Fernando, and Evan Way (of The Parson Red Heads) ... 9 pm, $14

Reggie Houston's Crescent City Connection is at the Jack London Revue ... 9 pm, $20

And, it's a Sister Mercy birthday celebration at Catfish Lou's ... 9 pm

Saturday - 
Need an afternoon hit ... Left Coast Country is at the Alberta Street Pub at 2 pm.

How about a weekend double shot of Kris Deelane & The Hurt - this time at Laurelthirst for happy hour ... 6 pm, no cover

Redray Frazier and Ezra Holbrook hold down the happy hour at the O'Neill ... 6 pm, no cover

The Jenny Finn Orchestra is at The Secret Society (6 pm, $6) ... which continues swinging with the Midnight Serenaders and the Bridgetown Sextet (9 pm, $12).

The Whiskey Darlings are at Edgefield ... 7 pm, no cover

At the Aladdin its the celebrated folk trio Cry Cry Cry. Reunited after 20 years for this spring tour, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams - all fantastic artist on their own - bring their sublime harmonies and songs to town for a very rare treat. It's sold out, but you can always try try try ... 8 pm, $40

Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters are at the Rock Creek Tavern ... 8 pm, no cover

Ural Thomas and the Pain are at the Doug Fir ... 9 pm, $15

The Sportin' Lifers are at Catfish Lou's ... 9 pm

And, the Garcia Birthday Band is at the White Eagle ... 9:30 pm

Saturday, March 24, 2018

To add to Jim's Sunday shows....Grant Lee Phillips and Kristin Hersh at The Old Church....and after seeing the record release show last night, highly recommend Casey Neill and the Norway Rats new record!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Quick PDX music picks for the weekend

Some days just get away from you ... will be brief as we look ahead to tonight thru Sunday.

Friday
Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys are doing the happy hour show at the Secret Society ... 6 pm, $6

Lynn Conover & Little Sue ably hold down the happy hour slot at the Laurelthirst ... 6 pm, no cover

The Sportin' Lifers Trio is at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover

Singer/songwriter John Gorka is at the Alberta Rose ... 8 pm, $25

Trumpeter Farnell Newton is at Bluehour ... 9 pm

Casey Neill and the Norway Rats have a CD release show at the Doug Fir. Really looking forward to hearing Casey's new CD, Subterrene ... 9 pm, $14

Saturday
Redray Frazier is at the Alberta Street Pub ... 6 pm, no cover

Catch Kate Power and Steve Einhorn at Unity of Beaverton. 7 pm, $20

The first of two nights of Something To Talk About: A Portland Bonnie Raitt Tribute happens at the Alberta Rose. In its third year and going strong, it's an ace group of Portland players led by singer Bre Gregg that rock out on tunes by, or recorded by, Bonnie Raitt. Totally fun show! ... 8 pm, $18/22 ... also Sunday night at 7 pm.

In from New Orleans, it's Galactic -- Stanton Moore and company will be rockin' the Crystal Ballroom ... 8 pm, $30-50

James Clem is at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover

And it's Brazilian Night at The Goodfoot including Bloco Alegria with their Rio de Janeiro carnival style samba and batucada, and Pyatã & The Rhythm playing Brazilian funk, reggae and rock ... 10 pm, $10


Sunday
The Ex Nashville Cats (Mark Spangler, Jon Koonce, Denny Bixby, John Bunzow) are at O'Connor's ... 7 pm, $5

Good show at Mississippi Studios with Lindi Ortega. To quote Rolling Stone: "Lindi Ortega's music has always been the sonic embodiment of the red cowboy boots she's often seen wearing: a fiery and dramatic take on modern country that's impossible to ignore." ... 9 pm, $15

Friday, March 16, 2018

Music for the St. Pat's weekend

Sláinte! I'll start with a simple Irish toast to note the weekend. If you're looking for alternatives to drinking copious amounts of beer (let's all get shitfaced drunk - how Irish of us! Really? It's 2018 and we should continue to promote obnoxious and offensive stereotypes!), there are some great music choices for the weekend.

So if you're into the St. Pat's celebrating ... McMenamin's has weekend long events with all kinds of music and family-friendly activities at Edgefield and other venues in Oregon and Washington. 

Friday
I'll be at tonight's sold out John Hiatt & the Goners show at Revolution Hall. There's probably some resale tickets available online or if you patiently wait outside the venue ... 8 pm

James Low is doing a happy hour at the Laurelthirst (6 pm) ... which will be followed by Fernando's birthday show (9 pm) ... that is a heck of a night at the 'Thirst. And don't forget their GoFundMe page to help the LT owners purchase the building to ensure the continuation of one of the oldest and best local venues in the city! They are very close to their goal ... let's help them reach it!

For the swing dancing crowd, The Sportin' Lifers do their monthly happy hour show at the Secret Society ... 6 pm, $6

The Hot Club of Hawthorne is at SouthFork ... 7 pm

The Junebugs are at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover (they'll also be at the Alberta St Pub at 3 pm on Saturday)

The Bayou Boyz with special guest Lloyd Jones are at the Blue Diamond ... 9 pm

The Bobby Torres Trio is at Bluehour ... 9 pm

Tezeta Band is at the Jack London Review ... 9 pm, $15


Saturday
It's a quick turnaround at the Laurelthirst for James Low ... he'll be doing an all-ages show with Paul Brainard at noon. No cover.

There are two outstanding shows at the Alberta Rose, starting with the 5th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. This years lineup consists of some of the worlds top slack key artists including Bobby Moderow, Kamuela Kahoano, Dwight Kanae, Paul Togioka, and Bill Keale ... 1 pm, $25-$40

Then there's world-renowned fiddler Kevin Burke's special St. Patrick's Day show - fiddle, songs, stories of the west coast of Ireland ... 8 pm, $25/30

Speaking of fiddlers, James Mason & The Djangophiles are at The Secret Society (6 pm, $6) ... and it will be followed by a St. Pat's salsa dance with the Melao de Cuba Salsa Orchestra (8:30 pm, $10)

A fine weekend of music continues at the Laurelthirst with Kris Deelane and the Hurt from 7 - 10 pm, no cover, and a ton of fun. 

Corkscrew Wine Bar has Adlai Alexander and Hershel Yatovitz (guitarist from Chris Isaak's band) ... 8 pm, no cover

Bluehour hosts King Louis & Renato Caranto ... 9 pm

Trio Subtonic w/Dan Balmer is at the Jack London Review ... 9 pm, $12

The Garcia Birthday Band is at the Goodfoot ... 10 pm, $10

Enough choices? And there's always more! See ya out and about!