Elvis Costello and the Imposters at the Schnitz ... always a great choice when he comes through town ... 8 pm, $47 - $89
Also tonight is the Local Roots Radio Show 2nd Anniversary Celebration Showcase at the Alberta Street Pub ... 7:15 pm $5
Thursday night, there's a couple of highly recommended shows ...
Joe Powers & Friends. Joe is a not your traditional harmonica player - he specializes in playing jazz, tango, and classical. His friends tonight include award-winning Japanese guitarist Yosuke Onuma and pianist Randy Porter ... 7 pm, $20
The James Low Wreck Trio and Fernando make a great double-bill at the Laurelthirst. It's great to have James Low back in town, even if it's only for a few weeks ... 9 pm, $5
Friday kicks off two sold out shows for The Decemberists and Calexico at Edgefield ... but if you don't have a ticket, there's always ways to find one if you're patient at the venue. ... 6:30 pm
Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind are at the Hawthorne Theater Lounge for happy hour ... 6 pm, no cover
Outta New Orleans, it's trad jazz with a modern twist from Tuba Skinny at the Melody Ballroom ... 8 pm, $20
There's cool jazz and bossa nova with guitarist Hershel Yatovitz and friends at Wilf's ... 7 pm, $10
It's Portland Cello Project's Extreme Dance Party at the Doug Fir (Saturday, too) ... 9 pm, $18
Willy Vlautin's other band, The Delines, along with Camerado, are at the Secret Society ... 9 pm, $10
Rich Layton and the Troublemakers are at the Trail's End Saloon ... 9 pm, $??