Some good choices if you don't want to brave the crowds at waterfront . . . or the fest just isn't your thing . . .
Chris Thiele's (Nickel Creek) band, Punch Brothers, is at the Aladdin tonight. Adventurous music that touches on bluegrass, classical, jazz and folk with some absolutely stellar players. 8 PM, $20
Full night of music at the Laurelthirst with Lewi Longmire for his usual happy hour slot at 6 PM, followed by the Bingo Benefit at 9 PM, featuring Lewi, Billy Kennedy, Paul Brainard, the Pagan Jug Band and the Freak Mt. Ramblers. It's a benefit to help pay some health care costs for Kevin "Bingo" Richey, one of Lewi's long time musical partners.
Lewi is a busy guy (as usual) . . . tomorrow night (Friday) as part of Fernando's band for his show with the Nick Jaina Band over at the Doug Fir. Two of Portland's best songwriters for a cool evening of music. Warren Pash opens. 9 PM, $8
Thad Beckman will be at a cool little wine bistro in Multnomah Village - Sip D'Vine - from 6-9 PM on Friday. Acoustic blues and original songs by someone I've recently discovered and really enjoyed.
The effervescent Raina Rose will be back in town this weekend with two shows - on Saturday at the Laurelthirst with John Eliot (9:30 PM) and a house concert on Sunday at 7 PM with Mo Mack (folk singer/songwriter and her dad) at The Subud House (3185 NE Regents Dr).