Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Yes ...still alive...and still going out..

Short notice on two events I’m excited about..for you rockers out there...Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies do an acoustic set tomorrow at Old Church...still tickets available ...Sam Densmore opening.  Next week, Jan. 22 brings The FleshEaters, a supergroup of LA punksters:  Chris Desjardins, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Steve Berlin, DJ Bonebrake, Bill Bateman...on the heels of new record...at The Star.

Reminder: Buddy Mondlock in concert at The Vault on 1/24


Just a reminder about show I'm producing next week. You can save by ordering your tickets ahead of time at Brown Paper Tickets (it's $15 in advance/$20 at door). 



Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. You might've heard his song The Kid (recorded by David Wilcox, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Cry, Cry, Cry) and maybe even sung it yourself around a campfire. He draws you into his world - where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get you pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you're not careful and where dreams that don't come true still count.

His most recent CD, The Memory Wall, was funded entirely by fans, friends, and family through a Kickstarter campaign. I had no idea if this would work or not, he says, I was overwhelmed by the support I got and even more by the sense of community that came out of it. This, his sixth release, draws on some veteran Nashville musicians and has a rootsier feel to it with pedal steel, dobro, fiddle and mandolin adding to his acoustic guitar and beautiful vocal harmonies from Melissa Greener and Celeste Krenz. Bass work was shared by his long time accompanist on the road, Mike Lindauer and upright acoustic player Bryn Davies. After 25 years of living there you can finally hear the Nashville on this one. I've been wanting to make this record for a long time, says Buddy.

Incredibly well respected by songwriters, performers, and audiences, it's a treat to have him in Portland for this very special show.

Mike Lindauer will join Buddy on bass and as a little something extra, Portland (and former Nashville-based) songwriter, Frank Goodman (aka Buzz Holland), will open ... making for an extra special tuneful and satisfying evening.

We hope you'll join us at The Vault!

    --Jim

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Buddy Mondlock in concert -- Upcoming show I'm hosting at The Vault on 1/24

Hey all ...

I want to encourage you to consider coming out for the following show on Thursday, January 24th at The Vault at Gastro Mania in Multnomah Village (formerly O'Connor's). Here's the link to tickets at Brown Paper Tickets (it's $15 in advance/$20 at door)

Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. You might've heard his song The Kid (recorded by David Wilcox, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Cry, Cry, Cry) and maybe even sung it yourself around a campfire. He draws you into his world - where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get you pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you're not careful and where dreams that don't come true still count.

His most recent CD, The Memory Wall, was funded entirely by fans, friends, and family through a Kickstarter campaign. I had no idea if this would work or not, he says, I was overwhelmed by the support I got and even more by the sense of community that came out of it. This, his sixth release, draws on some veteran Nashville musicians and has a rootsier feel to it with pedal steel, dobro, fiddle and mandolin adding to his acoustic guitar and beautiful vocal harmonies from Melissa Greener and Celeste Krenz. Bass work was shared by his long time accompanist on the road, Mike Lindauer and upright acoustic player Bryn Davies. After 25 years of living there you can finally hear the Nashville on this one. I've been wanting to make this record for a long time, says Buddy.

Incredibly well respected by songwriters, performers, and audiences, it's a treat to have him in Portland for this very special show.

Mike Lindauer will join Buddy on bass and as a little something extra, Portland (and former Nashville-based) songwriter, Frank Goodman (aka Buzz Holland), will open ... making for an extra special tuneful and satisfying evening.

We hope you'll join us at The Vault!

    --Jim



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving weekend music

The only turkeys here are the ones you'll eat on Thursday. And any leftovers ... I love leftovers (but that's another story).

Wednesday
Thanksgiving eve gives us a great way to start the holiday weekend at the Laurelthirst. Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters do their annual pre-TG show ... this year with Annachristie Sapphire and probably a few other guests. Always packed and fun ... 9 pm, $8

Lauren Sheehan hosts a pre-TG evening at the Muddy Rudder with special guest Johnny Ward ... 8 pm, no cover

Friday
It's the first night of three for the seventh annual The Next Waltz at the Alberta Rose. A host of notables from the Portland music community come together to perform music of The Band (essentially the songs of The Last Waltz concert film) ... and it's a fundraiser for The Jeremy Wilson Foundation, supporting musicians' healthcare. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but there are still a few Sunday tickets ... $28

At the Aladdin is the first of two nights of the annual Storm Large Holiday Ordeal - "a night of music, gags, gifts and some very special guests." Fun? Very assuredly! Both nights are sold out, but there's always re-sellers and showing up ... 8 pm, $40/$55

Friday is also the first of two nights of Tony Furtado at Mississippi Studios. Friday's show is the acoustic band featuring Scott Law, with Jackstraw opening. Saturday night it's more electric and features Stephanie Schneiderman. Richie Young opens the show. Two nights of superb music ... both at 8pm, $15




Saturday
In addition to the multi-night shows ... you might want to check out -

The James Low Irregulars for happy hour at the Laurelthirst ... 6 pm, no cover

Rich Layton & the Troublemakers will be rockin' the westside at the Rock Creek Tavern ... 8 pm, no cover

Excellent night of music at the Doug Fir with Casey Neill & the Norway Rats featuring Anita Lee Elliot (of Viva Voce) making her Portland debut on guitar and vocals, Jenny Conlee-Drizos on keys and accordion, Ji Tanzer on drums, and Jesse Emerson on bass. Jeffrey Martin opens.  ... 8 pm, $12

Sunday
If you're looking for bluegrass with world-class pickers, head to Mississippi Studios for The Travelin' McCourys. Daddy Del doesn't head out on the road as much these days, but the rest of the band does and plays some damn fine music ... 8 pm, $22

Alright ... fight that food coma and head out to some live music! Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!


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.

Friday
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

Saturday
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!