Friday . . .
Over a the Laurelthirst tonight is a tribute show to the late Utah Phillips with Brendan Phillips & Fast Rattler, Dick Weissman, and Casey Neil. Come out and pay tribute to one of the icons of American folk music who passed away earlier this year. 9:30 PM, $5
Medeski, Martin and Wood are at the Aladdin. 8 PM, $25 . . . This show is sold out, but if you really have to go, show up . . . there's bound to be a few available.
Annabelle Chvostek and Anais Mitchell are at the Alberta Street Pub. 7 PM, $15
Saturday . . .
CD release events continue, with Mary Flower doing an afternoon performance at Music Millennium. Mary's new CD, Bridges, is very good, and includes some outstanding collaborations with a variety of Portland artists. Stop by to listen and pick up a copy. 3 PM, Free
King Louie & Sweet Baby James are doing a CD release at Jimmy Maks (of a live recording made at the venue in June). Organist Louis Pain and singer James Benton are two veterans of the Portland blues and jazz scenes. Good story of Benton and a little of his history at OregonLive.com. 8 PM, $12
Lloyd Jones will be jumpin' and funkifyin' the Gemini (at Rt 43 & 'A' Ave) in Lake Oswego with his six piece band (horns included!). This will be too much fun. Or just plenty of fun with the always entertaining Mr. Jones. Have mercy! 9 PM, $8
David Wilcox and Lucy Kaplansky are at the Aladdin. 8 PM, $27
Mentioned the Mississippi West Fest in an earlier post. It celebrates the first year of KMHD's Mississippi West (Saturdays @ 3PM), is a fundraiser for KMHD, and features an impressive lineup of artists.
A week of outstanding shows at the Aladdin kicks off with Mark Hummel's Harmonica Blowout featuring Mark, Lee Oskar (War), Magic Dick (J. Geils Band), and Rick Estrin (Little Charlie & the Nightcats). Blow your face out! 8 PM, $24
More on the upcoming Aladdin shows and a couple of others for next week in another post . . .
BTW, anyone going tonight (or went last night) to the Lucinda Williams show in Seattle?