Friday, August 5, 2011

Music for the weekend

This is going to be my only (and short) post for this weekend.  Most of the weekend I'll be out at Pendarvis Farm as a volunteer at Pickathon, directing some of the live streaming video production that will be going on throughout the festival. That starts tomorrow afternoon and runs through Sunday night ... check out the festival and schedule - it looks great and is truly a unique experience.  Who's going? If you are, hope to see ya there!

Show of note I see - on Friday there's the James Low Western Front happy hour at the Laurelthurst (6 pm, no cover), Wendy & The Lost Boys happy hour at the Hawthorne Theater Pub, Rich Layton & the Troublemakers at Vino Vixens (8 pm, $5), Rebecca Kilgore and David Frishberg at Touche (7:30 pm, no cover), and the Ben Darwish Trio and Andrew Oliver's Kora Band are at Jimmy Mak's (8 pm, $10).

If you're up for a road trip, head to Springfield for the Willamette Valley Blues and Brews Festival with some of the region's best blues artists ...

On Saturday, I highly recommend seeing Paul Thorn at Mississippi Studios.  Paul, who hails from Tupelo, Mississippi, is a modern-day southern storytellers in song. He's a guy with a compelling life story who explores the deep contradiction of the sacred and profane in us - thoughtfully, humorously, and with music muscle. He has a great band that has been supporting him for years - they are more a family than most bands I know - and all great players. I've gotten to know these guys a bit via Delbert's cruise and their last visit to Portland a few years back to play the Waterfront Blues Festival.  It's great to have them in town again, and I'll be ducking out of Pickathon to head over to Mississippi Studios to see them ... 8 pm, $16.50 advance/$19 day of show

Also Saturday ... Street Fairs continue with the Fremont Fest - it will have two stages of music, and acts that I know about include Berthaline and Paula Sinclair.  Rob Stroup & The Blame are at Biddy McGraw's (9:30 pm, no cover), and Laura Ivancie is at Vie de Boheme Winery (8 pm, $5).

For other shows, check the calendars ... and I'll be back posting next week ... 

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