Barreling our way to the end of 2016 (good riddance!) and the uncertainty of the coming year, there's always live music to give us a small pause, a communion with soul soothing sound ... whatever for each of us cuts through the noise of the world or the self-generated chatter into some present, occasionally transcendent, moment. We, at least fleetingly, clean the slate before the inevitable assault returns.
There are some great opportunities for slate cleaning this week, starting with the long overdue return to Portland of Kevin Gordon. He'll be at the White Eagle on Wednesday and at a house concert (full disclosure - mine) on Thursday. The White Eagle show is with The Grahams, another cool roots act I think you'll enjoy. I wrote about Kevin Gordon in my last post, so I won't go into much, other than if you're a fan of twangy roots blues and literate songwriting (he's a published poet too), don't miss him ... 8 pm, $10
Others on Wednesday?
My Morning Jacket's Jim James is that the Roseland ... 8 pm, $30
It's An Evening with Kim Richey at the Doug Fir ... 9 pm, $20
Holidazed? How about the Storm Large Holiday Ordeal at Revolution Hall ... 8 pm, $36/$50 (Thursday's performance is sold out).
Speaking of the holidays, a number of Portland holiday music traditions happen this week, including the Trail Band Christmas show at the Aladdin and the White Album Christmas at the Alberta Rose. Way different, other than both will have you forgetting the world outside the theater for a few hours. The latter is sold out, but there are still tickets to some of the Trail Band shows.
More for the weekend ... we'll see if I get out another post!