Thursday, May 1, 2014

Since I'm not at Jazz Fest, here's what's going on in Portland ...

Okay, a small lament for not heading to New Orleans this year, as Jazz Fest is in full swing and the city is overflowing with music (more than usual, that is). But, Portland's got some fine shows this weekend that will help sooth that tinge of regret ...

South African singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist Johnny Clegg brings over three decades of performing and recording to the Aladdin. Clegg was probably the first musician to wed English lyrics to African Zulu rhythms, creating barrier-breaking music with international acclaim. He's a world artist who shouldn't be missed ... 8 pm, $35

Need early music?  It's Thursday, so it Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters at the Laurelthirst happy hour.  Or, catch the May Day Celebration at the Kennedy School that begins at 4 pm with the Play Date, the June Bugs, and finishing with Freak Mountain Ramblers.

The new location of Duff's Garage has opened out on NE 82nd Ave (at NE Russell) and tonight hosts Joe McMurrian. Come out and help get the new digs off to a great start! ... 9 pm, $5

Ron Rogers & the Wailing Wind do their last monthly happy hour at the Landmark Saloon until next fall ... so come join the fun ... 6 pm, no cover

Mary Flower is at the Camellia Lounge @ the Tea Zone in a rare trio setting with Janice Scroggins and Jesse Withers. Get advanced tickets here ... $8

Black Prairie shouldn't be considered a Decemberists side project, but a great band in their own right. With last week's release of their fourth CD, Fortune, the band continues to expand their range and depth. They are at the Aladdin tonight - great show and at a very reasonable price ... 8 pm, $15

Maybe more tomorrow for Saturday ... but all I got time for now!

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