But before I begin I just want to say that if you have something I've missed and really want to tell folks about it, just add it as a comment at the end of the post ... maybe consider this more of a conversation then a broadcast of only what I think is worth checking out. I miss stuff and certainly am not familiar with every live music option going on at any given time.
OK, here's what I've got:
The Alberta Rose Theatre hosts the annual Dolly Parton tribute benefit for Siren Nation. Some of Portland's finest songwriters and singers honoring an American music icon ... it's way fun, too ... 9 pm, $12
The Strange Tones invade Duff's with their particular blend of good time rock, blues, and surf music ... or just call it Crime-a-billy! .... 9 pm, $??
The White Eagle has a very fine triple bill with Ryan Sollee (of The Builders and the Butchers), the Lewi Longmire Band, and Mike Midlo ... 9:30 pm, $6
My pick show tonight is the New Orleans powerhouse blues/funk trio of keyboardist Joe Krown, guitarist "Wolfman" Washington, and drummer Russell Batiste, Jr. at The Goodfoot. These guys play in a number different bands and configurations so typical of the New Orleans music scene, but this trio just kills at a packed weekly gig at the Maple Leaf, one of the oldest, funkiest clubs in the Crescent City. Check out more about the band at Oregon Music News ... and don't miss this one ... 9 pm, $12
Former Portlander, now Austinite, Raina Rose is at the Alberta Street Pub ... 7 pm, $??
The very fun Box Set (Jim Brunberg and Jeff Pehrson) finish a week of "reunion" shows at Al's Den in the Crystal Hotel with special guest Jenny Conlee ... 7 pm, no cover
Solid early and late choices at the Secret Society Lounge with Dominic Castillo at 6 pm (no cover) and The Tezeta Band at 9 pm ($8)
Padam Padam bring their European cabaret sound infused with Latin, klezmer and tango to the cozy atmosphere of TaborSpace, a community center and coffeehouse at the base of the belltower of Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church (5441 SE Belmont) ... 7:30 pm, $9-12 sliding scale
If you head up to St John's, you can catch Miriams Well at Plew's Brews ... 9 pm, no cover
There'll be some fine sax blowing with Devin Phillips at The Blue Monk ... 9 pm, $10
The dancers will swingin' to DK Stewart Sextet with the Soul Survivor Horns at Duff's ... 9 pm, $??
While she's in town, Raina Rose has a second gig outdoors on the patio at Mississippi Studio's Bar Bar ... along with Hunter Payne ... 3 pm, no cover
... and a few touring shows to note ... first, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will be at the Schnitz (7:30 pm, $32-75) ... second, the first of the Edgefield summer shows begins with John Fogerty ... 6:30 pm, $47 (though reportedly sold out) ...
My pick of the night though, is an intriguing show at the Aladdin with singer/songwriter(and author) Rodney Crowell and poet/memoirist Mary Karr who have teamed to release the CD, Kin ... looks like it could be a tremendously rewarding evening of music - good preview here.... 8 pm, $25 advance, $30/door
OK, that's all for now ... but stay tuned for the my summer compendium of musical options (mostly outdoors and lots for free!) ... it's summer in Portland ... something to celebrate! Now get out to some live (and local) music!