Thursday, April 17, 2008

Fast picks for upcoming weekend

Here's a few recommendations for the weekend . . .

James Low will be doing an opening set at the Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags CD release show at the Mission Theater. Preview article for show in the Willamette Week. 9 PM, $8

Rockabilly show at Duff's Garage with Randy Rich & The Poor Boys (from Germany!) and The Roy Kay Trio. Guitarist Rich has been staple on the European rockabilly scene for years and this is a rare opportunity to see him in the Portland. 9:30 PM, cover

My pick for Saturday is the Amelia CD release show at the Aladdin. Their new CD, A Long Lovely List of Repairs, is the band's best and garnering excellent reviews. Amelia - Teisha Helgerson (vocals/drums), Jesse Emerson (bass) and Scott Weddle (guitar/vocals) - is also returning from a performing hiatus, so it's great to be able to hear one of my favorite Portland bands again. If you'd like to know more, there's a good preview article in the Willamette Week and this interview from OPB. 8 PM, $15 ($12 in advance)

This seems to be a big weekend for CD release events. For a really promising jazz show, check out the Dusty York Trio at Design Counsel (1020 NW 18th). Dusty is a critically acclaimed, up and coming sax player. Again, Willamette Week has a good preview of the show and info about his new CD, Thoughts Take Flight. 8PM, $10

As I have been mentioning for the past week, a show you really shouldn't miss is the 2nd Annual Paul deLay Memorial Concert at the Portland Art Museum. Money raised goes to a great cause - a scholarship fund in Paul's name at Ethos Music Center. Come out and support music education and enjoy some of the best blues acts in the region, along with special guest Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps. Hey . . . it's great blues in a ballroom, not in some smoky bar! 6 PM, $25 ($20 in advance)

Get out to some live music - a fine way to keep warm on what's shaping up to be a damp, chilly weekend. Maybe see you at one or more of these!

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