Thursday, October 31, 2013

Back with some music picks for ya!

This streak of rarely posting needs to end. Maybe. OK, I'll try not to make any excuses ... but here they are anyway - I've been really busy at work (yes, I have a job - managing online learning for a local college - that can get busy ...go figure), and I've been tired and not getting out quite so much (OK, maybe a significant understatement ... and yeah, October baseball playoffs/World Series might have something to do with that too - and big congrats to the Red Sox and Sox fans everywhere!).

That said, it's been too long and there's always some really good music going on somewhere - or manywhere - in Portland. So in the interest of not disappearing completely, here's what I see coming up ...

On the house concert scene, I've been trying to get out some regular info to my mailing list of some really excellent house concerts that occur locally. This week there's a couple to note -

On Saturday, you have a second chance this week to catch Jon Dee Graham and Mike June. they'll be at the Hill Country West house concerts in Tigard ... 8 pm, $15 donation ... very small intimate living room venue!

And Abbie Weisenbloom has the trio A Thousand Years at Sea, known for their high-energy, passionate performances on Friday. Music starts at 8 pm, $15 donation (all for the artist). For more info, contact AbbieAbbie's shows are excellent in another intimate living room format.

In the clubs, tonight (Thursday), I highly recommend a show at Bunk Bar, where you can catch Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance. Great writer and passionate, inventive performer. I had the opportunity to see him a few years back and was knocked out by the intensity of his performances. Good chance he won't be an under-the-radar performer for much longer. You will be too ... 9 pm, $12

Oh yeah, it's Halloween ... not going to list all of the Halloween options with music ... figure you figured those out already. Ok ... maybe I'll mention the Moody Little Sister / Chris Robley / Bradley Wik & the Charlatans show at the White Eagle ... and maybe the Freak Mountain Ramblers at the Kennedy School. But that's it.

If you need a happy hour with beer, not candy ... it's time to head to the Laurelthirst for the weekly treat of Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters ... 6 pm, no cover.

The Scott Pemberton Trio is at the Goodfoot ... 9 pm

Jerry Joseph does a solo CD release show at the Alberta Rose ... 8 pm, $10

On Friday, I think I'd start with a happy hour of Ron Rogers & the Wailing Wind at the Landmark Saloon. Ron's new CD is really good (pick one up at the gig!) and I'm liking this venue a lot ... it's Portland's sweet little honky-tonk playing roots country music the way I like it ... 6 pm, no cover

The Crystal Ballroom hosts a Day of the Dead show (no, not Grateful) ... there will even be a Dia De Los Muertos procession at 5:30 pm ... $12

Catch a solid triple bill at the Alberta Rose. Shelley Short, a Portland native & singer-songwriter, and her band, the Sure Shots, will perform from her new album of cover songs from the 50's to the present.  Also celebrating a release tonight is Norfolk & Western's Adam Selzer's for his non-fiction, graphic story, "Ami Go Home". This event will incorporate music, reading and projection on the theater screen. And to top it off, Michael Hurley will open. More about the show here ... 8 pm, $12

The award winning and always entertaining, The Strange Tones will be rockin' Duff's ... time to dress in your crime-a-billy appropriate attire! ... 9 pm, $??

At O'Connor's in Multnomah Village, it's Billy D & the Hoodoos ... 8 pm, $5

And, the Laurelthirst hosts a tribute to the late JJ Cale with a host of folks including Paul Brainard, Nick Peets, the Don of Division Street and more ... 9:30 pm, $7

OK, that's more like it ... you know there's more so much more going on, so check Portland Live for the comprehensive listing!

More soon ... maybe ...

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