There are some days that finding the energy and focus to put this together is a bit of work (hence, I've been quiet this week). I guess today is still one of those ... but here's a few to consider for tonight ... a couple of touring, more homegrown.
Pick show tonight is Laura Gibson & Holcombe Waller at the Aladdin. Definitely two of Portland's best indie/folk/pop artists. Tonight they'll combine talents for what should be a great evening of tunes new and old. Complete with mini-orchestra ... 8 pm, $15
But a close runner-up is another pair of excellent songwriters, Fernando and Nashville's Luther Russell at Dante's (as noted in a previous post by MaryChris) ... this is a CD release show for Luther ... 9 pm, $??
Another CD release show of note is at Mississippi Studios tonight with Prioity ... solid indie pop band with a fine new recording ... 9 pm, $10
If the laid-back Southern soul of Edwin McCain is your thing, get over to the Alberta Rose ... (interesting note, a couple of his songs get more play at weddings than the hokey-pokey) ... 8 pm, $25
British prog-rock with maniacal flute playing is the order of the evening at Edgefield with Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull performing the entire Aqualung record (not often heard at weddings) ... there's an interview with Ian at Oregon Music News ... 6:30 pm, $79 reserved/$40 general
One of the other young home-grown jazz musicians back for summer from prestigious music school (see Kate Davis) is saxophonist Hailey Niswanger. You can catch her tonight at Jimmy Mak's ... Hailey is very talented (definitely noted in the jazz world) and playing with her East Coast band .... 8 pm, $10
What looks like a very adventurous film/music series (Filmusik) is at the Hollywood Theater, features Blue Cranes. They've composed music to accompany the film Planet of Dinosaurs ... add live voice actors and sound effects to replace the film's dialog and sounds, and you have a most entertaining evening! ... 8 pm, $10 (also next Thursday and Friday)
A New Orleans-based band getting some buzz and worth checking out - Hooray For the Riff Raff is at the Tonic Lounge ... 9:30 pm, $10
Lloyd Jones is at Vino Vixens ... 8 pm, $5
The My Oh Mys and Kathryn Claire are at Biddy McGraws ... 9:30 pm, no cover
John Koonce is at Duff's Garage ... 9:30 pm, $??
The Mt. Tabor Theater has Soul Vaccination and Philly's Phunkestra ... 9 pm, $??
.... and a heads up for tomorrow afternoon at Music Millennium ... free performance at 3 pm by Jolie Holland.
I've probably missed a few things, but that what calendars are for! Get out to some live music!