Couple of weeks of big shows in and around town . . .
The terrific New York-based singer Catherine Russell is at the Zoo. Catherine sings blues, jazz, R&B, tin pan alley . . . a knockout voice and stylist - if you've never heard or heard of her, this is a great opportunity . . . 7 PM, $10.
The Blasters are at Berbati's . . . 9 PM, $18
Ashleigh Flynn at Kruger's Farm Market on Sauvie Island . . . 6:30 PM, $10 per car
The number one show tonight is, of course, Toby Keith! Wait, did I just say that . . . sorry, what I meant to say was:
The legendary, amazing, and former Kink Ray Davies is doing a special acoustic show at the Crystal Ballroom. As Ray is a great storyteller with a huge catalog of songs (and a new CD to boot), I am sure this will be a most entertaining evening. David Bazan of Pedro the Lion opens. . . 8 PM, $52.50
Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys will be at the Zoo . . . this could be one Los too many, but I'm thinking the boys will keep us entertained while we're waiting for the wolves . . . .who, for my money, are the absolute best performing band anywhere. Okay, I'm biased . . . so sue me. 7 PM, $25
Fernando is at the Laurelthirst. 9:30 PM, cover
It's the first night of the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Free jazz (as in no cost, not dissonant honking and tweeting) in a beautiful location below the St. Johns Bridge. Music starts at 6 PM on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. This is the 28th year of this fine event.
And out at Hornings Hideout in North Plains is the kickoff night of the Northwest String Summit. Three days of camping and bluegrass jams . . . grab your instruments and head on over - a lot of pickin' goin' on off the stage too. Ticket prices from $50 to $150 depending on how many days you attend.
Aimee Mann is at the Aladdin Theater on tour supporting her new CD, Smilers. The new CD has received excellent reviews (some consider it her best solo effort to date). Blind Pilot opens. 8 PM, $35
Our best local rockabilly family band, Lisa & Her Kin will be at Duffs Garage. . . 9 PM, cover
Thad Beckman will be at the Muddy Rudder in Sellwood. 8 PM, Free
Casey Neill & Jenny Conlee and Adam Shearer (of Weinland) do the 2nd of the Doug Fir's Pickin' on Sundays . . . 3 PM, free (I've edit this post, as I originally had last week's show posted for this week)
and next week . . .
Monday's Sellwood Riverfront Park show will be Cana Son, a fine Cuban band (6:30 PM)
Emmylou Harris at the Zoo on Tuesday the 22nd
Amelia at the Classical Chinese Garden also on Tuesday
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi at the Rose Garden Theater in the Clouds on Thursday the 24th
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the Zoo on Friday the 25th
The Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival begins on Friday out in Stevenson, WA
The Hold Steady will be at the Crystal on Sunday the 27th
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at the Edgefield on Sunday, too . . .
lots o' choices . . . . . get out and see some live music - and most of it outside in the glorious summer weather!