Friday, September 2, 2011

Live music picks for Labor Day weekend

September already?!!

This is a relatively quiet weekend before Music Fest NW (here's Oregon Music New's guide to the fest to check out) and a few other big shows coming next week. But there's still some great choices for enjoying live music ...

It is first Friday, so that means the James Low Western Front at the Laurelthirst happy hour. I've been listening to a preview of James' new CD (targeted for release in the Fall) - probably his strongest recording since Mexiquita in 2000 ... this one leans towards a more country sound (which I know will please a lot of long-time fans), but there's another recording in the works that will focus on Low's piano-driven tunes ... two sides of a very talented coin ... you can hear both sides tonight ... 6 pm, no cover

Lloyd Jones will be at Vino Vixens ... Lloyd's latest CD of acoustic blues, Highway Bound, is getting great reviews around the country and the tunes from it will be on display tonight ... 8 pm, $5

Stir the roux and put on your dancin' shoes 'cause it's Atomic Gumbo time at Duff's.  Steve Kerin and friends will keep the feet moving with a tasty mix of Louisiana flavored tunes - New Orleans rhythm and blues, piano boogie, Cajun two-steps, and a dash of Zydeco make a pot full of big fun ... 9 pm, $7

One of the premier jazz organists in the world - Joey DeFrancesco - drops into town at Jimmy Mak's tonight. He's a monster and will be playing in a trio with the fabulous Mel Brown on drums and Dan Faehnle on guitar ... more at Oregon Music News ... 8 pm, $17

Carbon Leaf will be at Mississippi Studios ... story about the band at OMN ... 8 pm, $15

Caleb Klauder is at the Spare Room ... 9 pm, $??

Guitarist Jason Okamoto is at the Secret Society Lounge ... 9 pm, no cover

Knuckleheads Bar hosts a Blues Festival this weekend that includes Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes and Franco & the Stingers ...

It's a swinging evening at the Secret Society with Pete Krebs and the Portland Playboys at 6 pm, then Anna Paul & The Bearded Lady, Eric Stern, and Russell Bruner at 8:30 ... no cover for either set!

Swing's the thing at Duff's too with the Bridgetown Sextet ... 9 pm, $??

...and you can swing the blues with DK Stewart and band in the courtyard of the Portland Art Museum. Dancin' With the Cars is part of the final week of museum's wonderful Allure of the Automobile show (which I highly recommend seeing) ... 7 pm, $10 or $15 with museum admission included

OK .... get out, enjoy the sunshine while we have it, then out for an evening of live music!

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