Lovin' this summertime weather? Wait . . . it's Rose Festival. Cool and rainy . . . what's new?
But some great indoor musical distractions until the sun comes out.
The major jazz event of the weekend is the performance tonight of Return to Forever at the Schnitz. Though originally only together for five or six years, RTF had a huge influence of what became known as jazz fusion music . . . and it's individual players - Chick Corea, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clark and Lenny White have all gone on to solid careers in jazz and a variety of genres. Good interview with Corea over at Oregonian music editor Luciana Lopez's blog. 8 pm, $50-$75
There's a rave up rockabilly revival show at Duff's Garage with Dale Hawkins, Lisa and Her Kin and the Cold Hearted Trio. Hawkins is a rock and roll original, best know for nurturing great guitar players and as writer of the swamp rock classic Susie Q. 9:30 pm, cover
Also, the Lloyd Jones Struggle is at the Candlelight Cafe. 9:30 pm, cover
And . . . a First Friday Free show at Mississippi Studios, with Jim Brunberg and a host of others doing a Kinks tribute. Should be a lot of fun! 10 pm, free
Marv and Rindy Ross will be doing a Quarterflash CD release show at Mississippi Studios. They will be debuting material from their new Quarterflash CD, Goodbye Uncle Buzz. The concert will feature thirteen new songs written by Marv and will feature guest appearances by several musicians that appear on the CD. 7 pm, $22
Busy night at the studio, as the Banjo Killers - Tony Furtado and Scott Law are doing a live CD recording right after the Quarterflash show. These guys rip it up - kill every string instrument in sight! 10 pm, $15
Kolvane (formerly Rose City Kings) is at the Candlelight, 9:30 pm, free
The Gary Ewing Memorial Show will be going on all day at the Crystal Ballroom. See my previous post for all the details.
The Bill Frisell Trio featuring Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston will be at the Aladdin. 8 pm, $25
And check the Around the Sun blog for a host of free things to do this weekend around town.