A most excellent number ... feel like there should be 11 picks here ...
Need some happy hour tunes? There's Woodbrain at the Laurelthirst ... or Swing Papillion at the Secret Society ... both at 6 pm.
The multi-talented singer/songwriter and author (under his given name, Wesley Stace), John Wesley Harding, will be performing at the Aladdin with the King Charles Trio & Thee Minus Five - essentially, the Decemberists minus Colin Meloy, along with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck. JWH has a set of very good Portland friends/collaborators, having recorded his last two CDs here and finding the music community and Portland vibe much to his liking ... so this very welcome visitor is back with what should be a fine evening at the Aladdin ... Read more about the show and JWH in this story from Jeff Rosenberg at the Willamette Week ... 8 pm, $17.50
The Portland FolkMusic Society presents one of folk music's masters, John McCutcheon at the Alberta Rose Theatre ... 8 pm, $20
Herbie Hancock will be playing with the Oregon Symphony at the Schnitz tonight. The much anticipate show will feature solo piano work and a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Should be a delightful performance ... story here ...7:30 pm, $30-$125
And am very please to see that one of my local faves, Ron Rogers & The Wailing Wind, will be at Eugenios (3584 SE Division) tonight. Ron just got back from a grand tour of the Netherlands where I understand he's treated like one of the Beatles ... 8:30 pm, no cover
Lots of great picks for tomorrow and Sunday too (will try to get another post up later or Sat morning) ... but I want to note the Honeyboy Edwards tribute show at the Alberta Rose at 5 pm on Sunday (good story here) ... and Frank Fairfield at Duff's Garage on Sunday night.
Also ... a great project that is a collaboration between local musicians, the Brian Grant Foundation, and Burgerville to support Parkinson's Disease research will be happening this coming Tuesday from 4 - 7 pm with live music at the SE 12th and Hawthorne Burgerville to celebrate the release of The Shaker Sessions, the first release from Burgerville Records ... read more about it here.
And, a heads-up for next Thursday's fundraiser concert for Reggie Houston (recovering from cancer surgery) that will be at the Old Church ... I'll have more details on that one next week.