Friday, March 15, 2019

Quick hits for the weekend ... Music Millennium celebration, Guy, Davis, Dar Williams, and send Lloyd to Nashville!

OK ... so you'll all be in the garden, on your bikes, or just soaking up the spring vibes ... but don't forget there's some great live music this weekend. A couple of things I'll quickly mention -

Tonight at the Aladdin is the 50th Anniversary celebration of Music Millennium! There's a great list of artists including The Dandy Warhols, Crazy Eights, and Jon Koonce that will help Terry Currier and crew honor Portland's (and one of the country's) outstanding music store. The show also is a benefit for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.  8 pm, $25

Though it's sold out, the fantastic Ruthie Foster is at the Alberta Rose tonight (and why I'll be missing the MM Anniversary) ... 8 pm, $30-45

The Portland FolkMusic Society tonight presents another outstanding artist - Guy Davis.  Rightly called "ambassador of the blues," Guy has traveled the world presenting blues, folk and Americana music - he's a musical storyteller, political activist, and actor, too. As an extra treat, Mary Flower will be joining Guy for a sublime evening of music ... 7 pm, $25

On Saturday at the Alberta Rose, it's Dar Williams with special guest Lindi Ortega. This is a great double bill pairing one of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation with the dynamic Ortega. Surprisingly, there's still a few tickets left, but not for long ... 8 pm, $35 / $40 at door

I know Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, with plenty of options for being entertained around town, but I'm going to drop by Catfish Lou's to help send Lloyd Jones to Nashville. No, not for a vacation - to support the making of his next recording that he'll be working on there. Invited and inspired by old friend Kevin McKendree (Grammy winning keyboardist and producer for Delbert McClinton and John Haitt) to hang out and write at his Franklin, TN studio, Lloyd came up with a new set of tunes he's really excited to record. Now it's time to head back to the studio to make it a reality. The show at Catfish Lou's will have a host of Lloyd's friends rocking all day to help the effort. You can also donate through his Kickstarter campaign. Music starts at 2 pm and continues until 9.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Portland Mardi Gras Ball is less than a week away!

Portland Mardi Gras Ball is a week away!

Tickets are going fast for the Ninth Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball coming up next Saturday - March 2nd, 2019!
Get your tickets for the Mardi Gras Ball!

Here's a few more details:
$2 from your ticket purchase goes to support music education in New Orleans and in Portland.
Musical guests include:
  • Mary Flower
  • Brass Roots Movement Brass Band
  • Northside Bone Gang
  • TooLoose Cajun Zydeco Band
  • Bayou Boys Mardi Gras Music Review with LaRhonda Steele, Chuk Barber, and Kris Deelane
Light food and drinks available for purchase. Parking is available on the street. The Tiffany Center is about 4 blocks from 2 different MAX stops. Doors open and music starts at 6:30, and the Ball ends at 11:00pm.
Hope to see you there!
Tickets Available Here

All are invited to join the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus on Fat Tuesday Evening – March 5th, 2019 at 7:00pm – for the annual free, family-friendly Mardi Gras Day Parade down Mississippi Avenue

Friday, January 25, 2019

January last weekend music

Trying to get into a small rhythm here with some suggestions for the weekend -

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

Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys do their swinging happy hour at the Secret Society ... 6 pm, $6

The Sportin' Lifers do their monthly last Friday at The Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover

Mexican Gunfight and The Resolectrics are at the White Eagle ... 8 pm, $8

The Garcia Birthday Band is at the Mission Theater ... 8 pm, $15

It's a Hawaiian evening at the Alberta Rose with Grammy-winning Kalani Pe'a ... 8 pm, $25

The Portland Cello Project does an homage to Radiohead at Revolution Hall (also 2nd show on Saturday) ... 8 pm, $25

The Aladdin hosts the funk and soul of LA's Orgone ... 8 pm, $20

Happy hour at the Laurethirst has the James Low Irregulars! ... 6 pm, no cover

Rich Layton and the Troublemakers do their monthly last Saturday at the Rock Creek Tavern ... 8 pm, no cover

At the Alberta Rose, it's Covers & Blankets, an annual open-mic/blanket and clothing drive benefiting Janus Youth Programs of Portland ... 7 pm, $10 w/donation, $20 without

The Jack London Review has some soulful ska and reggae with The Bandulus and Buddy Jay's Jamacian Jazz Band ... 9 pm, $10

It's the 105th Birthday of the Crystal Ballroom ... free music and activities all day!

Etta's World and Redray Frazier are at Mississippi Studios ... 8 pm, $8

And don't forget The Musicianer's screening at the Kiggins Theater at 1 pm!

The Musicianer screening Sunday afternoon

Some of you may know the work of award-winning independent filmmaker Beth Harrington. That work includes two outstanding music documentaries she's produced and directed: the Grammy-nominated Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly (2002) and the outstanding The Winding Stream - The Carters, The Cashes, and The Course of Country Music (2014). She came to my attention when I saw Welcome to the Club ... and then found out she was a fellow grad of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, lived in Vancouver, WA, and passionate about music and music history.

Beth's latest project isn't a documentary, but an original music-driven digital TV series called The Musicianer that she's written, produced and directed.

On Sunday, Beth will premier the pilot episode at the Kiggins Theater in Vancouver. Along with the episode, there'll be a performance by stars Petunia (Marcel Petunia of Petunia & the Vipers), who plays the Musicianer, and Grey DeLisle Griffin. There'll also be a Q&A with Beth, Petunia, Grey and co-star Lowell Deo.

Tickets are $10 and it starts at 1 pm. Advance tickets are at the Kiggins website.

Here's a story about the series and pilot from today's The Columbian.

Hope to see ya there!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Some music for mid-week. Yes, a post is up!

Well, I was going to remind you that tomorrow (Thursday) the fabulous Nashville-based singer-songwriter Buddy Mondlock will be at The Vault in Multnomah Village. But I've already told you that a couple of times, including that Frank Goodman (Buzz Holland) will open, and that I'm producing the show and really would love it if you'd come out to it. I've probably also told you it's at 7 PM and is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. So, I probably don't need to remind you about that one.

So music you might consider tonight includes:

Julie Amici and Friends are starting a series of 4th Wednesday jazz nights at the Muddy Rudder - great music close to home (for me, anyway!). Tonight Dean Mueller and Alan Hagar join Julie to kick off the series ... 7:30 pm, no cover

Then there's Redray Frazier and Ezra Hollbrook at Corkscrew Wine Bar (also close to home!) ... 8 pm, no cover

We're also in the middle of Anna Tivel's residency week at Al's Den with great guests through Saturday night ... 7 pm, no cover

And it's Wednesday night Zydeco at the Secret Society - tonight with Swamp Thang! ... 7 pm, $15 ($12 if member of Cascade Zydeco)

Hey ... maybe I'll post again about the weekend. Hmmm ... what a concept!