Been away from this too long ... been posting stuff at Facebook, but blink and you miss the post (and not everyone is there). Soooooo ....
Hope some of you are headed to the Sisters Folk Festival ... should be a great weekend of music in a really delightful place. What's cool is that some of the acts who play the festival also squeeze in a Portland gig. Those include two I highly recommend - the Subdudes tonight at the Alberta Rose and Johnathan Byrd on Monday night at O'Connors. Also on Monday is a festival "after party" at the Alberta Rose and Shinyribs at Mississippi Studios.
It's also the opening of the Tillicum Crossing and the MAX Orange Line on Saturday ... there's a whole bunch of music happening - mostly at SE Clinton/12th station and at both the Milwaukie Downtown and Park Avenue stations. Check the Orange Line celebration schedule for details.
It also time for PICA's annual Time-Based Art Festival with lots of very cool and interesting contemporary visual arts and performance around the city.
A blog I've enjoyed in the past, Dave Knows Portland is publishing regularly again with lots of tips on events around the city. Check out events beyond (but sometimes including) music ...
Looking for Happy hour music?
Tonight the happiness flows at the Hawthorne Theater Pub with Ron Rogers & the Wailing Wind ... 6 pm, no cover
Tomorrow there's Kris Deelane and the Hurt at the Laurelthirst, and Ezra Holbrook and Redray Frazier at Biddy McGraws ... both 6 pm, no cover
Brandi Carlile has two shows this weekend at Edgefield. Saturday is sold out, but tickets available for tonight. 6 pm, $43
Lauren Sheehan is at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover ... and she'll be at Artichoke Music on Saturday with John Lilly. Info here.
It's quite a night tonight for Louisiana bands and music in town -
First, it's the return of the Subdudes. The last four years have seen them stop touring, then get back to it with a return to their original lineup with Johnny Ray Allen on bass ... then pausing again when Johnny suddenly passed last summer, but now back on the road. Tommy Malone, John Magnie, Steve Amedee, and Tim Cook are rootsy and soulful with great harmonies playing blues, folk, zydeco, and more (and it's where I'm headed tonight!) ... 8 pm, $30
Over at the Aladdin, it's an excellent younger New Orleans-based band, The Revivalists. I saw them a few years back at Jazz Fest and was impressed by their energy and range - rocking hard but with a roots base and NOLA horns ... 9 pm, $15
At the Lehrer, Cascade Zydeco hosts Curly Taylor and Zydeco Trouble ... 7 pm (dance lesson) / 7:30 show, $15
And at Jimmy Mak's, it's a double bill of the Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band and the Mac Potts Band to celebrate Mac's CD release, Crescent City Dreams ... 8 pm, $10
Come on Portland - time to get your Louisiana on!
More Portland-like, it's a great triple-bill of Sassparilla, Casey Neill & the Norway Rats, and Hearts of Oak at the Doug Fir ... 9 pm, $12
A few bigger touring shows over the next few days too ... Mark Knopfler at the Keller on Sunday, Foo Fighers at the Moda Center on Monday, Old 97s at the Wonder Ballroom on Monday, Ben Folds at the Roseland on Tuesday.