We pivot into the second half of May which means we're getting closer to summer and a whole lot of outdoor music ... it's coming people! We'll get to that soon, but to whet your appetite, check out this article from OMN and interview with Peter Dammann about the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.
It's a busy musical weekend ...here's a few to check out ...
Tab Benoit. Tab is a three-time Grammy nominated, four time Blues Music Awards "Entertainer of the Year" and five time "Contemporary Male" Blues Music Award Winner. A soulful singer, tasty guitar slinger, and engaging entertainer, he's also a committed environmental activist and spokesperson when it comes to issues of the Gulf Coast and energy extraction (see Voice of the Wetlands). Seattle's Cody Beebe & the Crooks and Portland's Woodbrain fill out a blues rockin' evening ... 8 pm, $25
Some very cool cross-cultural world music at the Alberta Rose with Okaidja Afroso and Shokoto ... 7:30 pm, $18
Curtis Salgado with Alan Hagar and Dave Fleshner are at Wilf's ... 8 pm, $10
Longtime premier vocal ensemble, The Manhattan Transfer, are at the Aladdin ... 8 pm, $48
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, including jaw-dropping guitarist Chris “Kid” Andersen are at the new Duff's Garage (NE 82nd & Russell) ... 9 pm, $15
Early and cheap music? Time for a bit of honky-tonkin' at the Landmark Saloon with Hank Sinatra & His Atomic Cowboys at 6, followed by Pete Krebs & His Portland Playboys at 9 pm ... no cover
Two of Portland's premier songwriter/performers, Fernando and Casey Neill, team up for an evening at Al's Den ... 7 pm, no cover
The Roseland Hunters will create a New Orleans influenced funky good time at Duff's ... be ready to get sweaty! ... 9 pm, $10
It an entertaining and funny folk night at the Alberta Rose with The Righteous Mothers and Christine Lavin ... veteran folkies who don't take it all too seriously, but will make sure you have a thoroughly good time ... 8 pm, $20
And, the big show in town tonight is Nickel Creek at the Crystal Ballroom ... Three old friends, numerous and award winning projects, back together after seven years to celebrate a new album and playing together for 25 years (yep, they were preteens when they first played together!) ... this is sold out, but show up and be patient if you really want to go ...
Mary Flower brings her outstanding finger-picking and slide work to Edgefield (in the Winery) ... 7 pm, no cover
Another fine finger-picker, Brooks Robertson is at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover
Speaking of picking ... two of the finest multi-instrumental pickers we have round these parts - Scott Law and Tony Furtado - do a thing together called The Banjo Killers. Tonight at the Alberta Rose it's The Banjo Killers Present: Scott Law ‘Black Mountain’ Album Release & Tony Furtado ... no instruments will be killed in the process ... 8 pm, $18
Lloyd Jones and band (featuring Warren Rand on alto sax, Carlton Jackson on drums, Denny Bixby on bass and Louis Pain on organ) will be at The Lehrer ... 8 pm, $??
Soul Vaccination will keep the dance floor filled at Vie d'Boheme ... 8:30 pm, $10
Mississippi Studios will be packed for the annual Willamette Week Best New Bands showcase ... this year features Ural Thomas & the Pain, Summer Cannibals, and Tiburones ... 9 pm, no cover
The Quick and Easy Boys will rock The Goodfoot ... 10 pm, $10
Wow ... lots of choices .... so get out to some live music!