Friday, May 9, 2014

May there be music ...

There maybe some good shows about this weekend ... here's what I may check out:

A good early evening music choice may be Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys at the Secret Society ... 6 pm, no cover
Eilen Jewell

Both the Aladdin and the Alberta Rose have great shows tonight ... the Aladdin has bluegrass songstress Sarah Jarosz ... 8 pm, $18.  The Alberta Rose has the country and rockabilly sounds of Eilen Jewell and Zoe Muth. Jewell has a swinging sultry sound that is really impressive ... 8 pm, $18

It's also the start of the two-day WhiskeyFest Northwest in the Pearl ... lots of whiskey-related activities, food, and drinking ... And, some outstanding music. Check out the schedule here. $25 - $140. Proceeds benefit the Oregon Active Foundation (ORA), an Oregon 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing Adventure Therapy (AT) for people in our community with disabilities and other life challenging conditions.

The Sportin' Lifers Trio is at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover

The Shanghai Woolies throw a Prohibition Party at Tony Starlight's ... 8 pm, $15

And Torque Libre brings their distinct blending of flamenco and Afro-Cuban styles to Vie d'Boheme ... 9 pm, $8

Blues master Joe McMurrian will do a solo show at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover

It's time for another installment of Live Wire Radio at the Alberta Rose. Musical guest is Swan Sovereign (though you might remember them as Dirty Martini) ... 7:30 pm, $25

Soul Vaccination brings their horn-driven soul and funk to the new Duff's Garage ... 8 pm, $12

Robert Johnson? Maybe.
It's back to the Alberta Rose for Robert Johnson's 103rd Birthday Bash. More myth and legend surround Johnson than any blues artist (or almost any musician). With little beyond the tunes recorded in two sessions and bits and pieces of conflicting stories from people who knew him or may have seen him play, much has been projected onto this relatively blank canvas. But those recordings stand as sacred texts of the blues, so why not worship at the church of Johnson.
To honor his legacy, performers include: Mary Flower, Terry Robb, Joe McMurrian, Mark Lemhouse, Tevis Hodge, Lloyd Jones, Lewi Longmire & Anita Lee Elliott, and Steve Cheseborough ... 8 pm, $20 general/$30 or your soul for preferred seating

And appropriately on Sunday, the muthaship lands in Portland ... George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will be rockin' the Crystal Ballroom. Ural Thomas & the Pain open ... 9 pm, $25

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