Two sold out shows I wish I could be at (but then I'd have to be in two or more places at once - a trick some people swear I've done, but I never violate the laws of physics or biology) - Randy Newman at the Aladdin (8 pm, $55) and David Lindley at Mississippi Studios (9 pm, $25). Showing up with patience might score you a ticket if you were snoozing.
The Secret Society Ballroom has the Mary Flower Trio at 6 pm (no cover) and then Jackstraw at 9 pm.
Portland FolkMusic Society has folk music icon Peggy Seeger at Carvlin Hall ... 7:30 pm, $20
LaRhonda Steele and Chuck Barber are at Vie de Boheme Winery ... 8 pm, $5
Lewi Longmire and Bill Rudolf do a cool little duo thing at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover
The Curtis Salgado Band is at Jimmy Mak's ... 8 pm, $20
Melao de Cuba is at Mississippi Pizza ... 9 pm, $7
And over at Duff's is the 2nd Annual Muddy Waters Tribute - an great excuse for a bunch of fine Portland blues musicians like Lloyd Jones, Alan Hagar, and Bill Rhoades to play their favorite Chicago blues. Wear your dancin' shoes ... 9 pm, $10
More great choices abound ...
But first, a reminder that Saturday is Record Store Day ... so drop by your favorite independent record store (like Music Millennium) for all kinds of special deals and festivities (including RSD exclusives) ....
At Vie de Boheme Winery celebrate the 15 years musical collaboration of Kelley Shannon and John Stowell ... 8 pm, $8
It's a benefit (one more!) for Siren Nation at Mississippi Studios with Lady Sings the Blues, a tribute to Billy Holiday with the fine voices of Miss Michael Jodell, Laura Ivancie, Audie Darling, Sara Jackson-Holman and more ... 9 pm, $12
Wendy and the Lost Boys find their way to the Hawthorne Theater Pub ... 7:30 pm, no cover
Dave Camp and Sarah King are at the Press Club ... 8:30 pm, no cover
Lauren Sheehan has a series of shows celebrating the release of her excellent new CD, Rose City Ramble. Tonight she'll be at Backgate Stage at Artichoke Music ... 8 pm, $15 ... tomorrow she'll be doing a bluesier show at O'Connor's (7:30 pm, $5-15 sliding scale)
The DK Stewart Sextet is at Duff's Garage ... 9:30 pm, $8
It's the monthly review, Miz Kitty's Parlour, at the Mission Theater ... 7 pm, $12
...and as part of the Soul'd Out Festival, the Aladdin has the Ellis Marsalis Quartet featuring Jason Marsalis and Devon Phillips. Story here at Oregon Music News. ... 7 pm, $38
Before heading to the Aladdin for Marcia Ball, if your also a fan of jazz guitar, you can catch a fine PDX Jazz show in the afternoon at the Hotel Modera. Three of Portland's finest guitarists - Dan Balmer, John Stowell and Mike Pardew - will comprise the Portland Guitar Summit and pay tribute to living jazz icon and NEA Jazz Master, Jim Hall. The show is at 3 pm and tickets are $20 each and available in advance and day of show at Nel Centro or http://www.brownpapertickets.com.
Okay .... now, get outta the house and catch some live music!