Friday, February 16, 2018

Davis Rogan at O'Connor's next week!

New Orleans native son and raconteur,  Davis Rogan pays a return visit to Portland next Tuesday (Feb 20) at O'Connor's Vault. Why should you come out to see this pianist, singer, songwriter, and one of the Big Easy's most entertaining and amusing storytellers?

To revisit my post back in July when he last breezed through town:
You might recognize him if you were a fan of HBO's Treme. Or possibly know the story behind the creation of one of the lead characters, Davis McAlery. Producer David Simon was drawn to Davis' experience and stories about New Orleans, employing this fifth-generation New Orleanian as a consultant, actor, scriptwriter, piano coach, songwriter, and the muse for the character Davis. By the series' end, Rogan had written or placed more music in the show than any other musician. 
Davis draws his musical inspiration from Professor Longhair and Fats Domino. What New Orleans rhythm and blues piano player doesn't? But what separates Davis is his lyrics. The wit, irony and self-deprecation echo Randy Newman, but the wry observations about life, humanity and New Orleans are uniquely his. Davis is a very astute and funny commentator on the culture, music, and complicated history of his native city.
If you haven't been to O'Connor's, it has tasty food and drink, comfortable seating, and excellent sound. It's a great venue to experience the entertaining Davis ... 7 PM, $12

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Show alert! Two sublime guitars

Rare opportunity to see two fantastic artist together - Mary Flower and Thad Beckman - tomorrow night (Thursday) at O'Connor's in Multnomah Village. Sublime indeed! 7 pm, $12

Monday, February 5, 2018

Fwd: Coming up next week: Los Lobos on Feb 15

Well worth the cost of the ticket! I know I'll be there! How about you?

Aladdin Theater
Since 1974, East L.A.'s Los Lobos have been exploring the artistic and commercial possibilities of American biculturalism, moving back and forth between their Chicano roots and their love of American rock & roll. Although the band first gained fame as part of the early-Eighties roots-rock revival, they didn't so much strip music down as mix it up, playing norteƱo, blues, country, Tex-Mex, ballads, folk, and rock. They have been guests on albums by Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, and Paul Simon, and their music has been featured in films such as La Bamba and Desperado. Tickets are on sale now, click here to purchase!

Enjoy the show!
- The Aladdin and True West
Los Lobos
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$47.50 - $49.00
Los Lobos

Aladdin Theater • 3116 SE 11th Avenue Portland, OR
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Friday, February 2, 2018

Let's have a ball ... it's Carnival time!

Tis the season ... so costume up (or just grab a mask) and come out the the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus 8th Annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, February 10. Like last year it will be held at the Tiffany Center, and as always, will be a ton of fun.

This year's theme is Rollin' on the River, not just a reference to John Fogerty's tune Proud Mary (though most of you will reference Tina Turner, who had a huge hit and pretty much "owns" the song), but honoring the importance of rivers in the culture and history of Portland and Louisiana.

You can find all of the details at, And purchase tickets here.Tickets are just $25 and going fast! Festivities begin at 7 pm and musical guests are the Bridgetown Sextet, the BrassRoots Movement Brass Band, the Northwest Bone Gang, the Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band, and the Karen Lovely Band.

2018 Mardi Gras Ball logo

Through the ball the Krewe is also doing a fundraising activity -- this year raising money for Oregon's Crag Law Center and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN). The focus is on organizations that provide essential support to grassroots organizations fighting for environmental justice, protection, and restoration both in the Northwest and on the Gulf Coast. More info can be found on the Krewe's Goode Werks page. You can make a secure donation at the page, add a donation to your ticket purchase, or make a donation at the ball.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Seth Walker Thursday at the White Eagle

Well, if you're not going to Roseland for the Drive By Truckers show (albeit, a very good choice - there's still tickets, too), I'm recommending heading down to the White Eagle to catch Seth Walker. Critically acclaimed, though still just a bit under-the-radar of most music fans, his music incorporates elements of Americana, r & b, country, and jazz. He's a smooth and soulful vocalist, plays a mean guitar, shares the stage with a crack band, writes solid songs, and is simply a pleasure to hear. The closest comparison I can make (if you need that) is probably Keb' Mo'. See ya there!  8 PM, $10 adv /12 door ... tickets

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