Saturday, October 30, 2010
If you missed it, here's Oregon Music News' highlights for the weekend. Great choices listed like Vagabond Opera's Transylvania Voodoo Ball at the Secret Society, a Zydeco party at the Blue Monk with the New Iberians, and what sounds like a hoot - the Night of the Living Strangetones at Jimmy Mak's. But lots of good choices are noted.
For tonight, I'd like to add the Halloween Dance in the Crematorium at The Woods, a Rockabilly Halloween Ball at the Twilight Cafe, the 11th Annual Portland Erotic Ball at the Crystal Ballroom, the Midnight Serenaders at the Duff's Garage Halloween party, and the Spare Room's Halloween event with Brethren Thread. There's probably more I'm sure you can find.
One non-Halloween themed show is at TaborSpace with the Retta Christie Trio - fine vocalist doing music at the crossroads of Western Swing and the Great American Songbook ... 7:30 PM, $10
And if you're heading out tomorrow ... Charlie Musselwhite will be at the Aladdin ... 8 PM. $22
Friday, October 29, 2010
Good choice to start the evening is Lisa & Her Kin at the Laurelthirst's happy hour ... 6 PM, no cover
It's a Lloyd Jones Struggle Extravaganza at Jimmy Mak's ... Lloyd's pulling out the stops - dressed sharp and with horns blasting, it will be a funky, bluesy good time at Portland's premier jazz club .... 8 PM, $10
The Kennedy School is throwing a Halloween party with the Freak Mountain Ramblers ... 8 PM, no cover Check the McMenamin's calendar for all their Halloween show options for tonight.
You can stay at the 'Thirst right through for Berthaline and the Love Brigade (a side project of pianist Steve Kerin, vocalist Kris Delane, and guitarist Jesse Young that has grown into a pretty formidable, and very entertaining, band) ... the night also has a Halloween theme, so costume up if so desired ... 9:30 PM, $??
Irish flute player, Hanz Araki has a CD release party tonight at the Secret Society Ballroom ... 8 PM, $??
The soul/jazz vocals of LaRhonda Steele can be heard tonight at Clyde's Prime Rib ... 9 PM, no cover
The Press Club on SE Clinton has the Pete Krebs Trio .... 8:30 PM, no cover
There's the I-5 Nine Halloween Dance Party at Duff's Garage. The I-5 Nine are an allstar combo of blues players (some of my faves in town) that should have the place hoppin' ... 9 PM, $10
Over at The Woods, it's an evening of indie folk rock with The Parson Red Heads, Hunter Payne and James Apollo ... 9 PM, $10
The touring shows rolling in tonight that you might want to check out include Sufjan Stevens at the Schnitz (8 PM, $28-35 ... but reportedly sold out) and the Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo at the Aladdin (8 PM, $25)
Don't let the choices scare ya ... pick something and get outa da house!
.... and speaking of Halloween music, Oregon Music News published their weekend picks here.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
So what's going on tonight and tomorrow?
How about some musical theater? I don't usually point us in that direction, but there's two shows in town you might want to check out. In The Heights finishes its week long run at the Keller Auditorium with four shows (two matinee and evening performances - 2 and 7:30 PM on Sat, 1 and 6:30 PM on Sun). This is a Tony Award winning show with great reviews and a killer score. Here's a review of the traveling production from its stop in Seattle .... tickets are $30 and up.
The other musical is at the Alberta Rose Theatre - Grievous Angel-The Legend of Gram Parsons. I'd write this off as possibly hokey, it seems the production pulls off a fine homage to one of the seminal figures in what's variously been called country-rock, alt-country and the now all-encompassing Americana. Whatever you call it, a look at Gram and singing partner Emmylou Harris as Gram was writing, performing and ultimately killing himself with drugs and alcohol at 26, might be both entertaining and insightful. Review here. Performances are at 2 and 8:30 PM and tickets are $20.
Jazz and world music fans might want to check out Paris-based virtuoso bassist Avishai Cohen and his band at the Winningstad Theater ... this is part of the PDX Jazz Festival's ongoing series of shows through the year. Good preview at Oregon Music News. ... 7:30 PM, $33 and up
On the local front, Celilo, Morgan Geer and Matt Candenelli are at the Press Club (8:30 PM, no cover); Wendy & The Lost Boys are at the Hawthorne Theatre Pub (7:30 PM, no cover); The Lonesomes and the Chris Miller/James Sasser Band are at the White Eagle (9:30 PM, $6); the ongoing farewell reunion shows at Satyricon continue tonight with Quasi and Pond (8 PM, $10); and Hillstomp is at Dante's (9 PM, $10) ...
Two other shows I want to mention are on Sunday and Monday ...
At The Woods on Sunday, there's Middle Eastern music with The Brothers of the Baladi in a Benefit for The 9th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, ... "a global network of events to promote peace and understanding through the language of music in a united stand against the culture of violence." ... 8 PM, $10 and all donations go to the Daniel Pearl World Music Days Foundation.
...and on Monday, Austin's Asleep At The Wheel roll into Portland with a show at the Aladdin Theater. Keepers of the western swing flame, Ray Benson and his crew have been at for 40 years (albeit with an evolving cast of amazing players) and are always entertaining. A long-time favorite of mine ... 8 PM, $25
Friday, October 22, 2010
Dilemma. So I want to watch the ALCS game tonight - maybe Yankees go down in six to the Rangers (making all my Texas buddies very happy). But there's music I don't want to miss by being in front of the TV. Don't laugh ... it's the choices of a baseball fan this time of the year. But the music fan in me has an even bigger dilemma with the shows going on tonight. A couple of my favorite singer-songwriters are in town, there are locals who are part of national act playing at home, a great LiveWire Radio show, Portland bands with some cool gigs .... argh!
The national act playing the Schnitz is She and Him (M.Ward and Zooey Deschanel) and their band includes local musical aces Mike Coykendall, Matt Brown and Scott McPhearson (Mike also engineered the She and Him recordings and produces M. Ward's) ... A fun show of sweet, sunny retro pop. More about the show here at the Oregonian. Mike and his band will also open the show ... 8 PM, $35
The singer/songwriter show I referred to are Peter Mulvey/Jeffrey Faucault at The Woods. Mulvey and Faucault are both fine songwriters (Mulvey in particular for me), but can also brilliantly handle covers from other writers and traditional folk and blues. They are old friends and can make the audience feel like that too .... Great to see them touring together. Their show is at 7:30 PM and is $12.
Here's a bit of Peter doing a tune that resonates for me ...
On the local front, Rob Stroup and the Blame have a dynamite album release party planned at the Secret Society Ballroom that includes Chris Robley and The Minus 5. You can read more about the show at Oregon Music News ... 9 PM, $10
LiveWire Radio records tonight at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Looks like another great evening of humor, conversation, music and an exciting assortment of guests. Check it out! .... 7:30 PM, $15/$30
Other fine choices tonight include Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind at Hawthorne Theatre Pub (6 PM, no cover), Mark Hummel & Rusty Zinn are at Duff's Garage (9:30 PM, $??), Lewi Longmire (who is taking a little break from happy hours) and the Left Coast Roasters will be at the Laurelthirst with The Robinsons (9:30 PM, $6), Terry Robb is a Vino Vixens (8 PM, $5), and Rachel Taylor Brown and Leigh Marble are at the Press Club (8:30 PM, no cover)
Whatever you choose it's a home run ... see ya out and about!
Oh well ... here's a bit of Fred Eaglesmith - missed his show last night at Papa G's (which for some reason I had marked for tonight)...
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Consider as a appetizer starting with the James Low Western Front at the Secret Society Ballroom ... 6 PM, no cover .... and the Secret Society has excellent libations and food ...
Speaking of Reggie Houston, he's doing a CD release show tonight at Jimmy Maks to celebrate his latest release, Homage 1... dedicated to the sounds of his native New Orleans and musical roots and life inspirations. In the liner notes he says,
“In its entirety this album is a humble tribute to all the brave, talented and dedicated teachers, artists, civil rights activists and visionaries who dared to dream into existence a better world for all of us,” Houston writes in the notes about the album. “It is an homage to the people who brought me into this world and those who brought me up into the music and taught me to see and focus on that which is beautiful. It is a heart-felt thank you to those who created the rich heritage and culture I have been gifted with, and to those with whom I am still blessed to play and create, to learn from and to teach, and most certainly a tribute to every incredible person who contributed to this album.”
You can check out a track in this story from earlier this summer at Oregon Music News and read more about tonight's show here. This show will be tasty indeed! ... 8 PM, $12
A Southern troubadour whose loyal following is rewarded every year or so when he swings through town, Steve Forbert is at the Alberta Rose Theatre tonight. Having to overcome being touted as the next Dylan hype in the 70s, this Mississippi native settled into a life of producing excellent songs and tireless touring. One of those guys you really should catch if you haven't .... 8:30 PM, $20
Sublime vocals and piano ... that would be Rebecca Kilgore and Dave Frishberg tonight at Tony Starlight's as part of the PDX Jazz monthly series. Rebecca is one of the finest vocalists you will ever hear and one of the prime keepers of the Great American Songbook. Frishberg is the ultimate accompaniest. Good story over at Oregon Music News ... 8 PM, $15
Of course, there's the two shows I've already mentioned - the house concert with Mary Flower and Alan Hagar, and Joyce Woodson at Artichoke Music.
The notable Canadian band, Broken Social Scene and Chicago's The Sea and Cake will be at the Crystal Ballroom ... 9 PM, $28
Other choices tonight include: Retta Christie at The Blue Monk (9 PM, $10), Danny Barnes and The Piano Throwers at The Goodfoot (9 PM, $10), Drunken Prayer at Biddy McGraws (9:30 PM, no cover), and Jimmy Boyer, Billy Kennedy, Bingo, Tim Acott and Miss Jesse Spero at the Laurelthirst (9:30 PM, $7)
I've probably missed some, but you can't cover every piece in the big box of chocolates ... indulge your musical tastes and get out to some live music!
Sometimes I like to pass on recommendations from folks in town whose musical tastes I respect. Thanks to Terry and DonnaLynn Davis (who many of you know - they are musicians who host a popular house concert series ... and will open this show) for the heads up on what looks like another fine Saturday evening music choice ...
Joyce Woodson is a great singer-songwriter of both Western and Folk music. She's ridin' in from San Juan Capistrano, and will be appearing at Artichoke Music's Back Gate stage (3130 SE Hawthorne). We're honored to be her opening act, and will share some familiar songs and some you may not have heard. We'd love to see some of our friends there. Joyce is a Western treasure; you won't be disappointed. Show starts at 8:00. $10 at the door.
"Joyce Woodson's singing and songwriting are fresh and clean and clear as a mountain stream. Her tender, lyrical music is the best of contemporary western music and brings out the best in all of us." -- Ranger Doug Green, of Riders in the Sky
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
A few fine choices tonight including ...
Keyboardist Bruce Katz has blayed with a who's who of jazz, blues and soul and tonight brings his band to Duff's Garage ... any piano players that are off tonight will be there ... he is seriously that good ... 9:30 PM, $?? (probably $10)
Things will be all funked up at the Goodfoot with Philly's Phunkestra and Seattle's Staxx Brothers ... time to sweat ... 9 PM, $7
And, it's the Kennedy School's 13th Annual Celebration with music beginning at 4 PM.... and headlined by the Boulder Acoustic Society (7 PM) ... free
Looking for some adventurous sounds? Seattle composer, pianist and electronic musician Wayne Horvitz returns to Portland with his acoustic ensemble, Sweeter Than The Day ... and opening the evening will be Portland quintet Blue Cranes ... 7 PM, $12
It will be an evening with Misty River at the Alberta Rose Theatre ... 8 PM, $17
Lloyd Jones and his organ trio is at Halibuts on Alberta Street ... 8 PM, no cover
And the Ascetic Junkies will be doing a CD release at the Doug Fir. Jared Mees & The Grown Children and The Angry Orts round out a fine indie band bill ... 9 PM, $10
Friday, October 8, 2010
Singer/songwriter touring troubadour heaven for a lot of folks (and choices to make) with Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey at the Aladdin (8 PM, $30) and the combination of Lucy Kaplansky and Tracy Grammer at the Alberta Rose (8:30 PM, $25). Can't go wrong with either and all have their very dedicated fan bases. Have fun choosing!
Triple play of rockabilly, Cajun/zydeco and honky-tonk country at Duff's Garage tonight with Seattle's Roy Kay Trio, the New Iberians, and Lisa & Her Kin .... time to two-step, swing and generally bop around the dance floor ... 9 PM, $??
Like a little country swing with outstanding vocals? The Retta Christy Trio (w/Dave Frishberg-piano, Lee Wuthenow-sax) is at O'Connors in Multnomah Village ... 8 PM, $10
The Doug Fir has their 6th Anniversary show featuring The Dimes, The Blakes and Celilo ... 9 PM, $6
James Low, Audie Darling and Mbilly at the Press Club ought to be pretty sweet show too ... 8:30 PM, no cover
Son Jack Jr and Michael Wilde will be in town and at Vino Vixens (they have been having a great series of Friday night, mostly acoustic blues shows ... check it out ... 8 PM, $??
And the Freak Mountain Ramblers are "In the House" at Jim Flynn's house party ... contact Jim for details - 503-784-6824 or jimflynn AT realtytrust.com. Music starts at 7 PM.
Absolutely the most fun show of the night will be at the Doug Fir with From the Land of Ice and Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin, which celebrates the release of a double CD of the same name. Check out the list of artists who contributed to the project and that will be her for this performance ... 9 PM, $10
This weekend is the annual Wordstock, so that means LiveWire! will be doing their Wordstock Extravaganza show at the Aladdin. This is always one of their best ... 8 PM, $25
It's also time for the annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Roseland Theater. There's a silent auction and VIP tickets. More about the show here .... 7 PM, $30 ($90 VIP)
3 Leg Torso is at Tony Starlight's ... 8 PM, $13
Reggie Houston is at Brasserie Montmartre ... 9 PM, no cover
Okay ... not get out this weekend and catch some great music around town!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Of course there's Lewi Longmire doing his weekly rockin' happy hour at the Laurelthirst ... 6 PM, no cover
Stephanie Schneiderman does her bi-weekly set at Jimmy Mak's (7 PM, no cover), followed by the Mel Brown B3 Organ Band (8 PM, $5)
Jerry Joseph and Wally Ingram are at the Alberta Rose Theatre (9 PM, $12), and the Corin Tucker Band is at the Aladdin (8 PM, $18) ... Both shows are tour stops to support new CDs for the artists.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I think this is now on my list of must-attend events (ya think?) ... And I got to spend the weekend with some of my favorite old friends who live in Bay Area (where I resided for 12 years) and new - some of my closest boogie buddies from Portland who made the trek down. It was a blast.
So here's a few photos from Sunday ... the highlights for me on the last day were Randy Newman (performing a set of his "greatest hits"), Doc Watson (hard to believe he's 87 - sounded in great form), Nick Lowe (was right in front for Nick and wasn't ever tempted to leave to hear anyone else - even with Patti Smith going on at same time), and ending with a wonderful Emmylou Harris set (oh, and caught the last Avett Bros tune at their stage to cap it all)....
Speaking of HSB, two acts that were there over the weekend are here today -
Hot Tuna will be at the Aladdin. Really loved their set at HSB ... should be a great show tonight ... 8 PM, $35
... and The Felice Brothers will be at the Doug Fir tonight ... Check 'em out ... 9 PM, $16
Tony Furtado will be back for an evening at the Secret Society Ballroom with a great group of guests - The Coal Men (doing their songs and backing Tony), Scott Law, and Mary Flower. Should be quite an evening!.... 8 PM, $8
For happy hour you might want to check out Catherine Feeny and Come Gather 'Round Us at the Laurelthirst ... 6 PM, no cover
Out on the westside you can catch Chris Miller and James Sasser (some of the best country music you can hear around Portland) at the Rock Creek Tavern ... 7 PM, no cover
Cowboy Junkies and the Watson Twins make a tour stop tonight at the Aladdin ... 8 PM, $35
Looks like a fine show at the Alberta Rose Theatre (really, you have to check out this venue if you haven't been there yet) with Victoria Williams, Marvin Etzioni, and locals Lewi Longmire and Annalisa Tornfelt opening and backing Victoria ... 8 PM, $12
Good choices ... get out to some music!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Arriving early and running into the soundcheck of The Dukes of September Rhythm Review (Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Donald Fagin ...with an killer band) ...
The Waybacks with Sarah Dugas from the Duhks with a great verson of Dylan's Its Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) ...
Patty Griffin's entire set ...included Emmylou Harris harmony (on Little Fire)
Spending the last 90 minutes catching pieces of the sets at all three stages - the subdudes, Dukes of September, and T Bone Burnett .... T Bone pretty much defers to the great group surrounding him and a host of special guests - working with the Punch Brothers (Chris Theile, etc) most of this day. Catching the last half hour was a treat - with Steve Earle and Elvis Costello coming out for a bunch of tunes ... one of those "only at a festival like this" moment ...
Now gotta get ready to meet folks back at the park ... Trombone Shorty at 11 am!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Will always recommend the monthly first Friday happy hour at the Laurelthirst with the James Low Western Front ... great way to start the weekend. James' great songs and a band that's shaping into one of his best combos .... 6 PM, no cover
Stephanie Schneiderman will be doing a full band show at The Woods ... Steph has a bunch of (excellent) new songs from her upcoming album ... Seattle's Two Loons For Tea will open .... 9 PM, $10
Duff's will be rocking with Rich Layton & The Troublemakers and The Twangshifters. Rich and the band have a great new recording coming out soon ... 9 PM, $??
If it's jazz you're seeking, head to Jimmy Mak's for the Alan Jones Sextet. Nice to see drummer Jones playing in town with his own project (Alan travels the world as a tremendously in-demand drummer) .... check out the story on Oregon Music News.
How about Irish music? Check out one of the most popular bands in the world on the Irish music scene, Lunasa at the Alberta Rose Theatre. One of our local celtic music favorites, Hanz Araki, opens ... 8:30 PM, $25
Down at the Trails End in Oregon City, it's Lloyd Jones and band with special guest Paris Slim. Lloyd promises to set the place on fire with some incendiary licks from two of Portland's best guitar slingers .... fire hoses standing by ... 9 PM, $??
Tough choice between that and The Strangetones at Duff's ... 9:30 PM, $??
Just a few shows that jumped out at me this weekend .... enjoy whatever you do and I'll try to give a little taste or recap of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass ....