Long enough without a post ... to many cool music opportunities this weekend (cool may be the operative word!).
Summer unofficially begins in Portland with the Rose Festival, and with the heat this weekend it will actually feel like summer is kicking off. Lots of activities around town with the Starlight Parade (with the Mysti Krewe once again parading!) and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
One of the music events tonight at the Rose Fest is an evening of Americana Roadhouse featuring Wilkinson Blades, Rich Layton and the Troublemakers, and Melissa Mickelson ... 6 pm
There some stellar happy hour songcraft from Buzz Holland at the Starday Tavern ... 6 pm, no cover
Swing with the Barn Door Slammers at the Secret Society ... 6 pm $5 ... then stay for more jump and jivin' with The Jumptown Aces and Johnny Boyd ... 9 pm, $15
Time to salsa at the Newmark Theatre with Grammy-winning Tiempo Libre ... 7:30 pm, $26-36
The Cascade Blues Association's Journey to Memphis Competition kicks off with a weekend of bands at The Rose Room Bar & Grill ... 7 pm, $10
Iron & Wine's Sam Beam and singer-songwriter Jessica Hoop bring their collaborative project to the Aladdin ... 8 pm, $25 (but looks like it's sold out)
One of my local faves, Stephanie Schneiderman and band will be at Jimmy Mak's. She'll also be joined by Dirty Martini and Swan Sovereign bandmates McKinley (who will also open) and Lara Michell ... 8 pm, $12
The Alberta Rose hosts the jazz guitar/vocal duo of Tuck & Patti ... making wonderful music together for over 30 years ... 8 pm, $30
How about some psychedelic Latin folk? Check out De Mala Fama at the Sante Bar (411 NW Park)... 8 pm, $??
Mississippi Studios will be soaring with outstanding R&B vocalists Corinne Bailey Rae and local Moorea Masa (who you might know from Ural Thomas & the Pain) ... 9 pm, $25 (also sold out, but may be some tickets at the door)
There's more happening through the weekend, but kick it off with some cool tunes tonight!
On my radar for next week ...
Robbie Fulks on Tuesday at the White Eagle
Carrie Rodriguez on Thursday at the Alberta Rose