Need to be fast today . . . but there's some great shows this weekend to check out. Remember it's also the second weekend of the Portland Jazz Festival.
There are some impossible choices tonight . . . four shows stand out for me:
First Ashleigh Flynn's CD release show at the Doug Fir. Her rootsy new CD, American Dream (wonderfully recorded and co-produced by Mississippi Studios' Jim Brunberg), is garnering some great local press and should get national notice soon. Will be a great show from one of our finest local singer/songwriters. 8PM, $12
Second, Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars is a band that grew out of a small group of musician's response to a decade of civil war in their country. Two years ago a film was made about them and their struggles from forming in a refugee camp to making their first recording. Now touring internationally, the band will bring their sparkling afrobeat sounds to Berbati's tonight. 9 PM, $20
Next is the second of three days of fundraising shows at the LaurelThirst Public House to purchase a new sound system for this key local music hangout. . . . Some of our best local bands and 'Thirst regulars are donating their services. Tonight's lineup includes Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, Little Sue, and the Freak Mountain Ramblers. Fun music all evening beginning with happy hour at 6. Free before 9, $10 after.
Finally, Reggie Houston brings his history of New Orleans music show to Jimmy Maks. Reggie is one of our New Orleans transplant treasures and one of the busiest guys in town. 9PM, $10
I'm just trying to figure how to make it here, to the LaurelThirst, Berbati's, and Ashleigh's show simultaneously. Think I'll have to make a choice.
oh, and one more . . . .
The folk/pop sounds of Nick Jaina will grace the stage for two shows at Mississippi Studios at 7 & 10 PM, $10
Gotta be something tonight for everyone!
The LaurelThirst fundraiser continues with the Piano Throwers, Lewi Longmire, Pete Krebs and Billy Kennedy.
The Lowe Beats (Scott McCaughey and friends from Minus 5 and the Young Fresh Fellows) will spend the evening playing songs of Nick Lowe at Dante's. Casey Neill and the Norway Rats are on the bill too . . . 9:30 PM, $6
The Everybodyfields wrap up their McMenamins Great Northwest Music Tour with a show tonight at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. 7 PM, Free
Berbati's will host the reggae sounds of Jamacia's Gregory Isaacs. This guy has been turning out fine work for over 30 years - one of the best of the island. 9 PM, $23
. . . all for this week . . . get out to some live music!