Busy November with a lot of opportunities for diverse and wonderful music in Portland . . . particularly useful if you're in a celebratory mood this week . . .
This weekend there's a lot of competition for your entertainment attention - Wordstock, the NW Film & Video Festival to name a couple . . . so I'll try to cut to the best of the weekend from my ridiculously subjective viewpoint.
Colin Lake and Wellbottom will be at the White Eagle. 8:30 PM, Free
Lara Michell, Ms Michael Jodell, and Will West are at the Alberta Street Pub. 9 PM, $6
Nashville-based songwriter Craig Carothers is in town and at the Buffalo Gap. 9 PM
Lloyd Jones does his regular weekly gig at the Tillicum, but then holds down the entire weekend too . . . three chances to catch one of Portland's blusiest, funkiest best. 8 PM, Free
Jazz and blues/boogie piano player Eden Brent will be at Duff's Garage. Eden, from Greenwood, MS, has been described as 'Bessie Smith meets Diana Krall meets Janis Joplin,' . . . also been compared to Marcia Ball . . . . and definitely sounds worth checking out. 9:30 PM, $5
A James Low Band happy hour at the Laurelthirst! For fans of James, this is always a welcome evening and hearkens back to regular Saturdays blissfully rocking in a packed 'Thirst. And, he's going to be doing happy hours on the first Friday of each month beginning in January. Even if it's not every week, that's really good news. 6 PM, Free
David Grisman and John Sebastian are performing at the Aladdin. These talented old friends and music veterans have been playing together on and off for the past year supporting their well received CD, Satisfied. 8PM, $42
The Siren Nation Festival's music events will be at the Wonder Ballroom on both Friday and Saturday night. Fine musical acts all weekend celebrating women in the visual arts and music. 8 PM, $25 wristband (both shows) or $15 each night.
LiveWire Radio's Wordstock Extravaganza . . . the annual show connected with Wordstock is always a highlight of the LiveWire season . . . sure to be a sellout, so get your tickets. 8 PM, $25
Peter Mulvey and Gregory Alan Isakov will be at the Alberta Street Pub. 7 PM, $18
I'll send a separate email about this show from Jess Byers.
Mary Flower will be holding a CD release show to celebrate her brand new CD, Bridges, at the Secret Society Ballroom (116 NE Russell - next to the Wonder Ballroom and upstairs from Toro Bravo). The new CD features 14 songs and 14 diverse guest musicians, including Duffy Bishop, Courtney Von Drehle, Tony Furtado, Reggie Houston, Rebecca Kilgore, Tim O’Brien, Janice Scroggins, and Jess Withers. Some of those guests will be appearing with Mary at the show. Should be a wonderful evening of music. 7:30 PM $15
That New Orleans fusion of hip-hop, funk and rock known as Galactic will have the Crystal Ballroom's floor bouncing big time. 9 PM, $25
That's the next few days . . . . there will be some great touring and local music over the next couple of weeks that I'll post about soon.