Friday, February 19, 2016

Might be back ... but definitely here today! Picks for the weekend

Home sick on a Friday (and trying really hard not to pay too much attention to work - it will be there Monday) seems like a good time to write a post. Hmmm, looks like I need to blow some dust off the place. OK, so while I try to clean this up and recover from the crud, here's some musical picks for the weekend ...

The big event around town is the 2016 Portland Jazz Festival that kicked off yesterday. The unifying theme this year is a celebration of what would be John Coltrane's 90th birthday. The big show tonight is Charles Lloyd, but check out the schedule and dip into a great event. As always, fine coverage over at Oregon Music News.

There's a benefit at the Trail's End Saloon tonight for local artist and musician Ward Jene Stroud. Ward has been recovering from a very serious heart attack and many of his music and art friends are getting together tonight to support him.

At Mississippi Studios it's an all ages show with Quasi at 6 pm (their 9 pm show is sold out). BTW, tomorrow MS hosts two sold out shows with comedian Janeane Garofalo.

The Sportin' Lifers are doing happy hour at the Secret Society. Check out the schedule, as there's really fine early and late shows through the weekend.

Speaking of happy hour, Michael Hurley is at the Laurelthirst. And the late show has the Prairie Dogs. And tomorrow night has Redray Frazier for happy hour and a double bill of Ron Rogers & the Wailing Wind and Wilkinson Blades for the later show.

Saturday night has Lloyd Jones and band at Arrivederci Wine Bar as a part of the Jazz Festival. Check out their schedule for more great music. Mostly the jazz heads know about this place, but it's a very cool spot on the way to Oregon City on McLoughlin Blvd.

Speaking of wine bars, Vie de Boheme goes Crime-A-Billy Saturday with The Strange Tones ... mayhem with a French twist.

Every third Saturday, it's the Clinton Street Stomp at the Clinton Theater.

Also on Saturday at the Aladdin it's the 28th annual WinterFolk - a benefit for Sisters of the Road. Excellent show for a great organization.

It's a 20th anniversary celebration at the Alberta Rose for Kerosene Dream, one of the most popular Portland bands in the 90s.

BTW, on Sunday night at ART is what looks like a beautiful combination of images and music with the premiere of Malheur: Seasons of Change with a live soundtrack by cellist Skip vonKuske.

And one more for Sunday is a marvelous house concert from Abbie Weisenbloom with the Andy Statman Duo.

OK, that's plenty to get things going for the weekend. Don't know when I'll be back, so here's a few shows to keep on your radar in the coming weeks:

February 27 - Eilen Jewell at the Alberta Rose
March 2 - Noura Mint Seymali w/ Dusu Mali Band at ART
March 11 - Willy Porter at ART

March 3 - David Lindley at the Aladdin
March 4 - John Hiatt at the Aladdin (sold out)
March 6 - Robyn Hitchcock at the Aladdin
March 4 - John Prine at the Schnitz (nice run of shows True West!)

I know there's more, so feel free to add them via a comment!

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