Friday, July 20, 2018

... and a few more!

Thought I had the weekend pretty well covered in my post yesterday ... but there's more!

Newberg has their annual Brews and BBQ festival today and tomorrow with food, brews, and music, including Rich Layton & the Troublemakers today at 4:30. Admission to the event is $5.

And of course, today through Sunday is the Northwest String Summit at Hornings Hideout!

On Saturday at the Laurelthirst, Little Sue is doing a noon to 2 pm set, Redray Frazier has the 6 pm happy hour show, and Kris Deelane & The Hurt do the late show at 9:30.

Also on Saturday, Fernando, Creston Line, and I Can Lick Any SOB will be at Dante's ... 8 pm

I'm sure there's more ...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Whole lotta music goin' on!

Ho hum ... just another July weekend in Portland. Choices, people, choices!

Let's start easy tonight with the happy hour choice of the James Low Irregulars at the Alberta Street Pub, or the Piano Throwers at the Laurelthirst ... both at 6 pm, no cover

Or check out The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash at Edgefield's Little Red Shed ... 7 pm, no cover

And dancers, you definitely should check out the Secret Society tonight with Reggie Houston and Pete Krebs - two live bands, two dance lessons, and 5 hours of swing music ... 6 pm, $10

And at the Aladdin it's the Riders In The Sky 40th Anniversary Tour ... 8 pm, $35

Tonight kicks off three days of the free Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Friday it's blues, followed by some excellent jazz on Saturday and Sunday in a beautiful setting under the St. Johns Bridge.

The Sportin' Lifers are at the Secret Society (6 pm, $6), followed by Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble presented by Cascade Zydeco ... 8:30 pm, $15

Redray Frazier and Wallace are at the Alberta Street Pub ... 9 pm

Lydia Pense and Cold Blood are at the Jack London Review ... 9 pm, $22

And the stellar Nigerian guitarist Omara "Bombino" Moctar will be at the Star Theater ... 9 pm, $25

All day at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, it's the 17th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest with free music from 2 - 8 pm.

Speaking of all day, it's also PDX Pop Now! Saturday and Sunday.

And, it's the Division/Clinton Street Fair with music through the afternoon. And if you're going to be on SE Division St., check out the Landmark Saloon's 8th Birthday celebration.

Dueling big ticket outdoor shows have Father John Misty and Blitzen Trapper at Edgefield and The Roots at the Zoo ... looks like The Roots is sold out, but you can try to catch DJ Questlove in a special late show at the Jack London Review.

Ron Rogers & the Wailing Wind are doing the happy hour show at the Alberta Street Pub ... 6 pm, no cover

James Mason and the Djangophiles have the early show at the Secret Society (6 pm, $6), followed by Melao de Cuba Salsa Orchestra ... 8:30 pm, $10

There's a celebration of the life of the late Portland jazz bassist Andre St. James at Corkscrew Winery ... 7:30 pm

And it's Brazilian Night at the Goodfoot ... 9 pm

Try not to get giving fatigue, but there's three worthy fundraisers on Sunday:
At the Mekong Bistro there will be a fundraiser for one of the most loved and respected musician and organizer in the community, Dave Kahl. Dave is recovering from heart surgery and his friends have put together a fine day of music to help ... noon to 7 pm.

At the Mission Theater there's a benefit for longtime Portland drummer Kenny Sawyer with a bunch of his friends, including Quarterflash, Jon Koonce, and the Cal Scott Band ... 4 pm, $20 donation

And at Mississippi Pizza there's a benefit for Causa, Oregon's immigrant rights organization, with Karen Lovely and Tavis Hodge, Jr. ... 5 pm, $10

As for the non-benefit options ...
At the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, it's the Sundown Grand Ol' Country Festival with music from 1 to 9 pm. Free.

If you like Hawaiian music, catch award-winning and Grammy-nominated vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and composer, Henry Kapono Ka'aihue at the Aladdin ... 8 pm, $25

And though sold out, Jackson Browne will be at the Edgefield concerts. Show up and you can probably pick up a ticket outside the gate.

Now, that's a lot of choices ...

Friday, July 13, 2018

Music for a hot mid-July weekend

 So if you're not headed to Oregon Country Fair, going to the Oregon Burlesque Festival or Harefest, holing up in some air-conditioned comfort, or maybe going coastal, there are some delightful distractions from the heat ... or ways to revel in it!

This weekend includes the annual Mississippi Street Fair on Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm with four stages of music from Fremont to Skidmore ... should be fun and crowded!

What else stands out?

Free music in the parks is underway, and tonight you can catch Sonny Hess and Lady Kat at Fernhill Park ... 6:30 pm

The Muddy Rudder has the dynamic string duo of Terry Robb and Lauren Sheehan ... 8 pm, no cover

Excited to see that Joe Henry will be in town at the Doug Fir! Clarence Bucaro opens ... 9 pm, $24. This is a pretty good summary of Henry:

A songwriter, musician, producer, poet, and essayist based in Los Angeles, Joe Henry has released 14 studio albums of his own over his 25+ year career and has worked with a diverse range of musicians - from Elvis Costello to Ornette Coleman to Joan Baez. Henry draws an author's eye for the overlooked detail across a broad swath of American musical styles - folk, rock, jazz and blues - rendering genre modifiers useless.

Great opportunity to hear the powerhouse vocals of the dynamic Liv Warfield, as she'll be at the Jack London Review for three nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) ... 9 pm, $25

At Bunk Bar it's Colorado bluegrass quintet Trout Steak Revival (winners of the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition) performing with Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose ... 9 pm, $20

Don't miss the extended happy hour show at the Laurelthirst with The Minus 5. Scott McCaughey and the usual suspects will make for especially happy hours ... 6 - 9 pm

Check out the story behind the show at The Old Church - Myshkin Warbler & Jenny Q: TrustTogether w/The Cabin Project. This should be a wonderful and moving show ... 8 pm, $25

Another bluegrass show at Bunk Bar with Austin's Whiskey Shivers and Portland songwriter Chuck Westmoreland ... 7:30 pm, $20

At the Doug Fir it's another year of Pickin' on Sundays! Free music on the patio ... starting this week with Redwood Son and Emily Eveleen & the Paper Hearts. Here's the rest of the sched: 7/22 - Jacob Miller / 7/29 - Melville / 8/5 - Nervous Jenny / 8/12 - Olivia Awbrey, Clara Baker, Tara Velarde / 8/26 - Lewi Longmire & The Left Coast Roasters. Music starts at 3 pm.

At the Zoo, it's An Evening with Melissa Etheridge ... 7 pm, $40-100

... And a reminder that on Monday at 6:30 in Sellwood Riverfront Park, it's the Lloyd Jones Quartet with special guest LaRhonda Steele. Come on down to the river for music at one of the sweetest settings in Portland! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Waterfront Blues Festival starts tomorrow!

It's not summer in Portland without the Waterfront Blues Festival. Though the festival has been going through some transition this year, it's still supporting the Oregon Food Bank (though losing OFB's staffing support of the festival). It's still the biggest festival in Portland and you can't beat the setting downtown on the river in Waterfront Park.

If you want to learn more about the changes and preview some of the cool acts coming this year, check out this Oregon Music News interview with the guy who books the festival, Peter Dammann (recorded a couple months back).

Here's the full schedule by day and artist bios and descriptions.

If you head down on Wednesday try not to miss Jon Koonce and the Lost Cause, Larkin Poe, and Robert Randolph. On Thursday check out Okropong, Johnny Rawls, Dirty Revival, and The Revivalists. Friday (my fave day this year!) brings the Cajun and zydeco with Dexter Ardoin, Chubby Carrier, Horace Trahan the Pine Leaf Boys, and more. Also Friday catch Seth Walker, Nikki Hill, Curtis Salgado, Marc Broussard, and The Mavericks! On Saturday the Cajun and zydeco continues with the same acts, plus you can catch Kevin Selfe's Big Band, David Vest, Ranky Tanky, Ruthie Foster, and The Motet.

And come over to the Louisiana Pavilion at the Front Porch Stage ... lots of cool stuff to explore with the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus and various organizations representing Louisiana and more!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

More summer music ... indoor venue shows!

But Jim, what about indoor shows this summer? Well, glad you asked!

My three favorite indoor venues - the Aladdin Theater, Alberta Rose Theatre, and Revolution Hall - don't go dark for the summer and have some excellent shows to choose from, including:

At the Aladdin Theater:
June 30 - Shawn Colvin
July 13 - Arlo Guthrie
July 19 - Riders In The Sky
July 20/21 - Shawn Mullins
July 26/27 - Blind Pilot
July 31 - Junior Brown
Aug 3 - Sonny Landreth

At the Alberta Rose:
June 29 - Norman Sylvester's "A Phenomenal Concert - The Journey of Blues and Gospel in America"
July 10 - Huun Huur Tu
July 12 - Isle Of Klezbos w/The Portland Klezmer All Stars
Aug 2 - Tommy Castro
Aug 3 - Tuck & Patti
Aug 10  - Duffy Bishop
Aug 15/16/17 - The Nowhere Band presents: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Aug 24 - Amanda Shires and Lilly Hiatt

At Revolution Hall:
July 11 - James McMurtry
July 17 - Ry Cooder
July 26 - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Aug 10 - Bruce Hornsby
Aug 14 - Rodriguez
Aug 31 - Hot Tuna

Also check out Rev Hall's September shows - there's a week that includes Lake Street Dive, Madeleine Peyroux, The Zombies, Dave Mason & Steve Cropper, and Aaron Neville. Packed!

Some other indoor venue summer shows to note -
June 30 - The Builders and The Butchers at the Doug Fir Lounge
June 30 - Ural Thomas & The Pain at Mississippi Studios
July 11/12 - Social Distortion and Aaron Lee Tasjan at Roseland 
July 13 - Joe Henry at the Doug Fir
July 14 - Myshkin at The Old Church
July 20 - Bombino at the Star Theater
July 25 - Blind Pilot at The Old Church
July 28 - Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Dante's
Aug 1 - Reckless Kelly at Mississippi Studios
Aug 6 - Big Sam's Funky Nation at Mississippi Studios
Aug 16 - Davis Rogan at The Old Church
Aug 28 - Samantha Fish at the Doug Fir
Sept 5 - Gov't Mule at Roseland
Sept 5 - Amy Helm at Mississippi Studios

And check out my two previous posts on outdoor summer music around Portland - the free shows and the ticketed shows.

Feel free to add via comments more shows you might have on your radar this summer. I'm way to lazy to note them all!