So . . . in a serious attempt to give everyone a bit more notice on upcoming events, I'm going to try to consistently post both early and mid-week with my picks . . . So here's a few shows to get on your radar.
Al Di Meola came to prominence as the young lightning fast jazz guitarist with the band Return to Forever. Over the years he's grown into a multifaceted player who is immersed in what is considered "world music". Here's more on Al from Lynn Darroch of the Oregonian . . . . This will be a great show on Tuesday at the Aladdin. 8PM, $35
Guess this is the season for awards shows . . . even in Portland. On Thursday night you might want to participate in the annual celebration of Portland music, the Portland Music Awards, being held at the Crystal Ballroom. Here's the description from the event's website:
"This star studded televised Grammy-style event will feature performances from over a dozen musical acts and 22 awards presented by local celebrities. This year is hosted by none other than the lovely Chloe Houser of PDX TV and comedian Auggie Smith. Music will feature the likes of Floater, March Fourth Marching Band, Mel Brown with Ben Darwish, Tea For Julie, Debra Arlyn, Keegan Smith, Morgan Grace, Aaron Meyer, Idle Poet, Acoustic Minds, Echo Helstrom, Bobby Torres, and Buoy LaRue." 7 PM, $25
If you've never seen Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, you really should get to the Crystal on Friday night . . . if you like old-school style soul, funk and R&B, this is the show to catch. Sharon is on-stage dynamo and consummate entertainer. 9 PM, $23