Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekend picks ... Friday and Saturday

Don't have time for a long post, but here's what I see for the weekend ...

Happy hour music?  My pick would be Ron Rogers at Hawthorne Theater Pub  ... 6 pm, no cover

Casey Neill continues his week's residency at Al's Den ... tonight with Scott McCaughey guesting ... tomorrow with members of the Norway Rats ... 7 pm, no cover

The house will be rockin' at Jim Flynn's In the House with Thad Beckman ... BYOB, etc ... music starts at 7 pm. Contact Jim for details ... 503-784-6824

The always entertaining David Bromberg is at the Aladdin ... a very cool bonus is that Ollabelle opens ... 8 pm, $20

After 30 years, the de-evolution continues (obviously matching the state of American politics) with Devo at the Crystal Ballroom ... understand that their live shows are really good ... 8 pm, $40

Rich Layton & the Troublemakers will be semi-unplugged at Vino Vixens ... 8 pm, $5

DK Stewart (quartet) will be at Halibuts ... 8 pm, no cover   ... and DK (with Sextet) will be a Duff's on Saturday night.

The Freak Mountain Ramblers are at the Laurelthirst ... 9:30 pm, $??

The McMenamins celebrate half-way to St Pat's Day at most of their venues today - any excuse to book a bunch of bands (some even play Celtic music) and hold a bunch of fun frivolity - much of it outside ... find schedules and details on the McMenamins calendar.

The Cascade Blues Association holds their 25th Anniversary concert at the Melody Ballroom, featuring Chad Rupp & The Ruppshakers, Lloyd Jones Struggle, Karen Lovely, and the Robbie Laws Band ... 6 pm, $15 (or save $5 and buy a ticket with the Puddletown Blues, Vol. 1 CD as a $25 package)

Speaking of anniversaries, Artichoke Music holds its 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Alberta Rose Theatre with a host of notable Portland tunesmiths ... 8 pm, $25

At the Laurelthirst it's a triple bill of Drunken Prayer, the James Low Western Front, and Fleur Jack (a band from New Zealand) ... come out and show the Kiwis some Laurelthirst love ... 9 pm, $??

Soul Vaccination is at Jimmy Mak's ... 8 pm, $10

AND ... if you feel like heading to Astoria, Judy Collins will be at the Liberty Theater as part of Astoria's bicentennial week ... Sunday, too.  Kenny White (wonderful singer/songwriter/pianist who some of you caught with Tony Furtado last year) opens ... Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 4 pm ... $30 - 60

There's always more, so do check the local music calendars for complete info .... 

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