Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday's choices include this month's taping of LiveWire! Radio at the Aladdin (8 PM, $15); KMRIA and Circled By Hounds at Dante's (9 PM, $15); or The Wonderball holiday show with Storm Large and The Balls and special guests at the Wonder Ballroom (8 PM, $20). Think I'll be wandering over to Dante's for some holiday cheer, Pogues-style, but you can't go wrong with either of these. If you want to start your evening a bit earlier, Mary Flower will be playing two nights (Friday and Saturday) at the Edgefield (7 PM, free).
Saturday's choices include a second show of The Wonderball (same as above); the Insomniacs at Duff's (9:30, $8), Devin Phillips Band at the Goodfoot Lounge (9 PM); or the Memphis Nymphs at the Laurelthirst (9:30, $5). For some music for the turning of the season, Strawberry Rune (Lauren Sheehan & Elizabeth Nicholson) will be doing their solstice show at the Muddy Rudder (8 PM).
Happy Holidays! Might post more next week . . . we'll see . . . .
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Posted: 17 Dec 2008 12:46 PM CST
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From Jack’s blog:
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Two very fine local indie bands - Blind Pilot and Loch Lomond - had to postpone the show until next month due to the weather.
Really enjoying Blind Pilot's 3 Rounds and a Sound, but haven't had a chance to check them out live (guess I'll have to wait a bit longer). Their CD has been drawing critical acclaim and they're getting attention nationally. I've been following the development of Loch Lomond since hearing them a couple of years ago at Mississippi Studios. They did an outstanding opening set for the Decemberists at the Crystal Ballroom a couple weeks back. It was an excellent move by the Decemberists to take Richie Young and the band with them on their short fall tour. Great exposure for another Portland band that is deserving of wider attention.
But you'll have to wait until January 17th for this one.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Though you may be waiting for some over-hyped weather event that could keep you indoors, if you do venture out (though you might want to check with the venue first if it's actually snowing) here's a few good choices.
Weinland, Matt Sheehy and John Vecchiaarelli will be at the Doug Fir. 9 PM, $12
Lloyd Jones and his band will warm your funky butt all weekend (Fri/Sat) at the Tillicum Club. 8 PM, cover??
The Clampitt Family is at the White Eagle. 9:30 PM, $6
There's the annual John Prine tribute hosted by Dylan-Thomas Vance at Biddy McGraw's - the proceeds go to support Ethos Music.
Holiday Hearth concerts at the McMenamin venues include Lauren Sheehan tonight at the Edgefield (7 PM, free) - check their calendar for lots of music choices around town (and beyond).
. . . and your Friday holiday concert choice is The Christmas Jug Band at the Laurelthirst. Loney "jugabilly". 9:30 PM, $6
Artichoke Music has a holiday potluck and concert. They are also in dire need of replacing their heating system and are trying to quickly raise some cash - here's the story. 8 PM, $5
Reina Collins will be doing Saturday's Holiday Hearth Concert at the Edgefield. 7 PM, free
Whiskey Puppy is at the Alberta Street Pub. 9:30 PM, $ ??
Another reasonably tasteful "traditional" holiday music show this weekend is the 20th annual Winter Jazz Concert of local favorites Tall Jazz at The Old Church (1422 SW 11th Ave). Along with the band, the show will feature vocalist Marilyn Keller, Tony Pacini, piano; Lee Wuthenow, tenor sax; and Bryant Allard, trumpet. 3 PM . . . $20 / $10 for students under 18 . . . doors will open 45 min prior to showtime.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 . . . you can get an exclusive listen to this Neil Young solo show at NPR.org. Just listen. Wow.
On the passing of Odetta last week . . . sad that she didn't live to sing at President-elect Obama's inauguration.
Here's a musical moment of zen (sorry John Stewart) from Jake Shimabukuro:
. . . and if you need a fix of holiday music, here's a great mix of tunes from NPR.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Another is on Sunday at the Aladdin - Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks' Holidaze In Hicksville. It will be a slightly twisted, sweet and swingin' night of music and humor. A great show for the less sentimental among us. 8 PM, $22
One more I'll throw in for next weekend is the annual Holidays with the Trail Band show that will run from Thursday through Sunday (11th - 14th) at the Aladdin. There may be some tickets left, but this one always sells out . . . . a little more sentimental, occasionally too sweet - but lots of original music and international tunes to go along with some of the holiday favorites, plus some special musical guests. For a holiday show, this one's pretty entertaining. Evening shows and matinees . . . prices range from $12 to $38, with actual reserved seats.
It's time for three more CD release shows this weekend . . .
On Friday Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights will be doing a show to celebrate the release of Movie Theatre Haiku. If you're not familiar with the talented Mr. Robley, get thee to the Someday Lounge. Some very fine musical support will be provide by Tango Alpha Tango and James Low. Will be a very fine night of music. I know James will have his new EP, The Blackguard's Waltz available too . . . so do some Christmas shopping while you're there! 9 PM, $8
The Troublemakers will be rockin' Duff's Garage on Saturday night to support their first release, Chop Shop Pit Stop. This is a fine first effort from a band that's graduating from weekend music warriors to serious players on the roots rock/blues scene in Portland. Their live shows get better each time out . . . . Harmonica wizard and vocalist Rich Layton continues to impressively front the band with a passion to entertain. You could have way too much fun at one of their shows. The very fine Colin Lake & Wellbottom will be their special guest. 9:30 PM, $ 6
. . . and on Sunday Thad Beckman will be doing a CD release show for his new one, Me Talking To Me, at O'Connors in Multnomah Village. Another excellent singer, songwriter and guitar player, Thad's music is infused with the sounds of rural blues and country and a lot of soul. He'll be playing with his trio (Denny Bixby on bass/Bryce Shelton on drums) and have some very special guests including longtime Portland music mainstays, Jon Koonce and Steve Bradley. 6 PM, $5
That's three really great shows . . . enjoy the music, grab some new CDs . . . . it's all good!
Back next week . . .