Man ... it's hoppin' all over town ... so here's some quick picks for the weekend.
It's a bluesy evening at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival in St. Johns starting at 5 pm ... free
Conjunto Alegre brings the salsa, cumbia, and more to Fernhill Park as part of Portland Parks summer concerts ... 6:30 pm, free
Touring into town for Project Pabst tonight is New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Revolution Hall ... from Hall to Hall ... highly recommended! ... 9 pm, $25 ... check out Project Pabst for more excellent shows over the weekend, including locals Fernando and Jeremy Wilson at the Doug Fir tomorrow ...
SoCal's Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys fly into Duff's tonight for a swinging good time ... 9 pm, $15
KD and the Hurt will be rockin' the Laurelthirst with some Motown soul and r&b ... 9 pm, $8
And for something a little different, check out Beloved Presents: Fanna Fi Allah - Sufi Qawwali in the lineage of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at the Alberta Rose ... 8 pm, $30
James Low has done a couple of Portland shows since returning to Portland for a short visit this summer. Saturday, it's the first of two (next Saturday, too) full band reunion happy hour shows. This will be a bittersweet show for so many in the Portland music community who lost Dave Camp this week to cancer. Dave was a longtime friend and bandmate of James (and so many others) and the outpouring of love for Dave in the past weeks has been rather overwhelming (those of you who follow Dave on FB know what I'm talking about). But come out and we can all raise a glass to Dave ... gone way too soon ... 6 pm, no cover
Jonatha Brooke checks into the Alberta Rose ... really talented singer/songwriter, storyteller, actress ... 8 pm, $25
With a long and amazing career both as part of a couple groups you might know and solo, it's a welcome arrival of Graham Nash to the Aladdin. Nash is also a longtime voice for peace and justice and the environment and puts his money, time, and energy where his heart is ... 8 pm, $56
Excellent late show at the Laurelthirst with Jerry Joseph (solo) and Walter Salas-Humara ... 9:30 pm, $10
... and don't forget Monday at Sellwood Riverfront Park, it's Mary Flower & the BBQ Boys ... 6:30 pm, free