Saturday, August 23, 2008


Lazy, lazy, lazy . . . but why not as August begins to wind down and we begin the slide to September, school daze, autumn leaves, the holidays (wait, wait . . . getting a little ahead of myself).

So while I'm taking in a baseball game on Sunday in Seattle (okay it is between two of the worst teams this year in the American league . . . but at day at the ballpark beats a lot of other options easy), you should maybe check out the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival. It's been going on since Friday at Esther Short Park in the 'Couve with some fine music, food, wine, and vibe. It's finishing up Sunday with The Gospel Hummingbirds, Rita Coolidge, John Pizzarelli and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Pizzarelli has become one of my favorite jazz singers, but is also a wonderful guitar player (his dad is the jazz guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli). When it comes to interpreting the Great American Songbook, there's few better. Preservation Hall brings traditional New Orleans style jazz to the festival. This is music born early in the last century and some of the band members have been playing it for six or seven decades . . . . music starts at 11 AM and goes until 9 PM. $25 for the day.

If you're staying closer to Portland, you might want to check out the Lents Folk Festival in Lents Park (SE 92nd & Holgate) with Misty River, Anne Weiss and Chico Schwall & Dick Weissman. Music begins at 2 PM and is free. More summer outdoor music in a Portland park.

If I get back from the game in time I might try to catch the Lissa Schneckenberger Trio show at the Alberta Street Pub. Great opportunity to catch this world-class New England fiddler. 8PM, $12

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