Friday, November 16, 2018

Music for the weekend ...

I know it's been a while, but here's some picks for this weekend. My next will have some great shows for the Thanksgiving weekend. But let's start with this Friday and Saturday before looking too far ahead.

Happy hour? Check out Annachristie Sapphire and Veronica Bianqui at the Alberta Street Pub (6 pm) or head to The Sportin' Lifers monthly swing happy hour at the Secret Society ... 6 pm, $6

Muddy Award winner Steve Kerin engages in a bit of keyboard wizardry at Vino Veritas (Montivilla) ... 7 pm, no cover

For you Westsiders, Terry Robb is at the Skyline Tavern (7 pm, no cover) and Miller & Sasser are at the Grand Lodge (7 pm, no cover)

At the Alberta Rose it's the Albina Soul Review ... the World Arts Foundation hosts a one-night soul revue spotlighting some of Portland's unsung heroes of 1970s Albina soul music, including Shirley Nanette, Gregg Smith, and the Legendary Beyons. It's a well deserved sellout, but you can always try to pick up a ticket outside ... 8 pm.

At the Aladdin it's Seattle's Polyrhythmics ... 8 pm, $20

At The Old Church, it's Savila (WW's band of the year) and San Cha ... 8 pm, $14

Redray Frazier is at the Secret Society ... 9 pm, $10

Pretty Gritty and Karyn Ann are at the Laurelthirst ... 9 pm, $7

Federale celebrates the 10th anniversary and re-release of their first album at the Doug Fir ... 9 pm, $14

Early? There's always swing at the Secret Society ... tonight it's Gypsy jazz with James Mason & the Gypsy Hicks (6 pm, $6) ... and stay for more dancing with Melao De Cuba Salsa Orchestra at 8:30 ($10).

It's Redray Frazier's monthly happy hour show at the Laurelthirst ... 6 pm,  no cover

Dancin' shoes needed for these two ... Catfish Lou's hosts Kris Deelane & the Hurt (9 pm, $10) and Soul Vaccination is at the Trails End (8:30 pm, $15)

Louis Pain and LaRhonda Steele are at Arrivederci ... 8 pm, no cover

First show of a two night sold out run for Blitzen Trapper at the Doug Fir ... 9 pm, $25

It's honky-tonk and Seattle rock at Mississippi Studios with Jenny Don't & the Spurs and Cold Soda ... 9 pm, $12

And it's the 3rd annual Gram Jam at the Laurelthirst - celebrating the music of Gram Parsons. It's a benefit for the Jeremy Wilson Foundation ... 9 pm, $10-$25 suggested donation.

Speaking of benefits, there's a very special one going on Saturday - An Evening of Esperanza: Building Hope is a celebration of the resilience and strength of our region's community to benefit affordable housing developer Bienestar. Food will be served, wine and beer will be poured, and Esperanza Spalding will perform, as will Denzel Mendoza Trio and Integrantes Del Coro de la Iglesia de San Mateo ... 6 pm ... tickets are $100 - $250.

OK ... Next Waltz, Tony Furtado, Storm Large, Casey Neill, and more coming next weekend ... which are you thankful for? Support your local musicians and get out to some live music!

Friday, October 19, 2018

On the radar - Portland's upcoming larger venue shows

After an overwhelmingly active summer of outdoor music and the clouds and rain return, it means shows ramp up at our many concert venues. I've been perusing the schedules and following are shows that stand out to me. This list doesn't include our many weekly small club shows.

Saturday, 10/20 - Dan Bern at The Old Church (TOC) ... tomorrow!
Sunday, 10/21 - Bob Weir and Wolf Brothers at Keller Auditorium
Tuesday, 10/23 - John Paul White at TOC
Wednesday, 10/24 - Jazzmeia Horn at TOC
Friday, 10/26 - Dead Friends - The Songs Live On (benefit) at the Mission Theater
Saturday, 10/27 - Liz Vice at the Aladdin
Sunday, 10/28 - Leo Kottke at the Aladdin
                          Parker Milsap at Mississippi Studios
Monday, 10/29 - Richard Shindell at the Alberta Rose
                           The Sadies and The Minus 5 at the Doug Fir
Tuesday, 10/30 - Lucia Micarelli at the Alberta Rose

Friday, 11/2 - Laura Gibson at Mississippi Studios
Sunday, 11/4 - David Crosby at the Aladdin
                        Dayna Kurtz at TOC
Monday, 11/5 - Joan Baez at Revolution Hall
                         Tyler Childers at the Crystal Ballroom
Wednesday, 11/7 - Tank & The Bangas with Big Freedia at Roseland
Thursday, 11/8 - Dori Freeman w/James Low at the Winningstad Theater (part of the Siren Nation Fest)
Friday, 11/9 - Jeffrey Focault at the Alberta Rose
                      The Devil Makes Three at the Crystal Ballroom (plus Sat, 11/10)
Sunday, 11/11 - Lucy Kaplansky at TOC
                         Joshua Redmond at Revolution Hall
Monday, 11/12 - Rufus Wainwright at the Aladdin
Wednesday, 11/14 - The annual CBA Muddy Awards at the Alberta Rose
Friday, 11/16 - Black Violin at the Schnitz
                        Savila at TOC
                        Albina Soul Revue at the Alberta Rose
Sunday, 11/18 - Blitzen Trapper and Luluc at the Doug Fir
                          Cat Power at Roseland
Monday, 11/19 - Fleetwood Mac at the Moda Center
Fri/Sat, 11/23,24 - Tony Furdado at Mississippi Studios
Fri-Sun, 11/23,24,25 - The Next Waltz at the Alberta Rose
Saturday, 11/24 - Casey Neill & the Norway Rats at the Doug Fir
Sunday, 11/25 - The Travelin' McCourys at Mississippi Studios
Tuesday, 11/27 - The Django Festival Allstars at the Newmark Theater
                            X at the Crystal Ballroom
Friday, 11/30 - Mary Gauthier and Anna Tival at the Doug Fir
                        Over The Rhine at the Aladdin

Note: This doesn't include any of the ridiculous number of annual and new holiday shows.

Saturday, 12/1 - Neko Case at Roseland
                          The Dandy Warhols at the Crystal Ballroom
Thurs/Fri, 12/6,7 - Tommy Emmanuel and Jerry Douglas at the Aladdin
Friday, 12/7 - The California Honey Drops at Mississippi Studios
Saturday, 12/8 - Roseanne Cash at Revolution Hall
Sunday, 12/9 - Alela Diane at TOC
Tuesday, 12/11 - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Crystal Ballroom
                           The Black Lillies at Mississippi Studios
Wednesday, 12/12 - Death Cab For Cutie at the Crystal Ballroom
Sat/Sun, 12/15,16 - Patterson Hood at the Doug Fir

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