The highlight around town is the fifth annual Soul'd Out music festival, with shows around town through April 20th. Shows today include the first of three nights at the Schnitz with Pink Martini, and John Scofield's Uberjam at the Star Theater. Full schedule and information here. Articles: Oregonian, OMN, Vortex Music Magazine.
Need some early options? Check out Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys at the Secret Society, or Joe McMurrian & Woodbrain at the Laurelthirst ... both at 6 pm and no cover. Or ... Vie d'Boheme will be screening a special live webcast of a jazz event from Lincoln Center ... Winton Marsalis with a tribute to the life and music of Dave Brubeck ... 5 - 7 pm, no cover
Tyler Stenson is at the Analog Cafe ... 7:30 pm, $8
Catch CMA's Entertainer of the Year, George Strait, at the Moda Center ... 7:30 pm, $75-95
Thad Beckman (just returned from a European tour!) and Kurtis Piltz are at O'Connor's ... 8 pm, $7
The Sportin' Lifers Trio are at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover
Kevin Selfe is at Halibuts ... 8 pm, no cover
The Shook Twins and Steve Poltz are at Mississippi Studios ... 9 pm, $15
Folk music icon Claudia Schmidt will perform at the Clinton Street Theater. An artist who ... "has been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. It is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter, drama, and celebrating the moment. Work in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV, radio has added depth and dimension, and since she has always included her original work along with very personal versions of the work of others, what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder."
She's touring to support her new Red House album, New Whirled Order... 7 pm, tickets $15 here, or $20 at the door. Listen here.
Claudia's good friend, Mary Flower, will be at Edgefield ... 7 pm, no cover
Joe McMurrian is at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover
Be part of the Live Wire Radio! recording at the Alberta Rose. Recently picked up by PRI for national distribution, Live Wire's featured musical guest this week is Black Prairie.
Enjoy Pickathon? Never been? Well, you can experience on video what performances there are like at the Mission Theater in a benefit for Buckman Arts Elementary School Foundation. Don't miss out on this one night world premiere movie event, featuring select Pickathon 2013 concert footage. Experience emotionally-rich live performances by artists at their favorite annual festival. Artists include Andrew Bird, Divine Fits, Parquet Courts, The Lone Bellow, The Devil Makes Three, Shabazz Palaces, Shakey Graves, Marco Benevento, Ginny Hawker, Yellowbirds, and a slew of others! ... 6 pm and 8 pm ... $8 advance/ $10 door
A quadruple bill of A Simple Colony, Sam Densmore & Curtis Irie, Jeremy Wilson, and Mike Coykendall make for a night of fine music at the Alberta Street Pub ... 8 pm, $8
ass feet off at Duff's with Soul Vaccination ... 9 pm, $12
The Garcia Birthday Band is at the Laurelthirst ... 9 pm, $7
OK ... got enough to plan your weekend? Enjoy the sun and then get out to some live music!