Where to begin . . . this is just the BIG (as in the mostly non-locals) show edition . . . more local options tomorrow or Thursday . . .
Emmylou Harris at the Zoo tonight! . . . if you're even thinking of going, just do it. It will be a highlight of the summer. And she has one of my favorite guitar players (and a fine performer and songwriter himself), Colin Linden in the band. 7 PM, $24
Also tonight, Amelia is at the Classical Chinese Garden. Beautiful setting for one of the best bands in town. 7:30 PM, $18
On Wednesday, The Zombies will be at the Wonder Ballroom. With two of the founding members - Colin Blunstone (the voice) and Rod Argent (one of rock's alltime best keyboard players) - this band is still going strong after 47 years (they were teens when they began playing together)! Interesting timing on the heels of Ray Davies last week. 8 PM, $25
As noted in a previous post, Thursday's Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival show scheduled for the Rose Garden Theater in the Clouds has been moved to the Crystal Ballroom. They did a knockout show last summer at the zoo, and in the smaller confines of the Crystal, this will be a sweaty, rockin' show. 9 PM, (door price not announced)
On Friday it's Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the Zoo. Sharon is a funky, soulful dynamo who was thoroughly entertaining at her show at the Doug Fir last fall . . . New Orleans' Marc Broussard opens. 7 PM, $17
The Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival begins on Friday in Stevenson, WA. Acts include Peter Rowan, Tony Furtado and Bryan Bowers. $50 for the weekend or $15-20 per day. Camping available for $10-15 per night.
On Sunday, The Hold Steady will be at the Crystal Ballroom. 9 PM, $22
. . . and Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will be at the Edgefield. 7 PM, $69 / $37
Great options for spending your music budget this summer . . .