OK ... so you'll all be in the garden, on your bikes, or just soaking up the spring vibes ... but don't forget there's some great live music this weekend. A couple of things I'll quickly mention -
Tonight at the Aladdin is the 50th Anniversary celebration of Music Millennium! There's a great list of artists including The Dandy Warhols, Crazy Eights, and Jon Koonce that will help Terry Currier and crew honor Portland's (and one of the country's) outstanding music store. The show also is a benefit for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. 8 pm, $25
Though it's sold out, the fantastic Ruthie Foster is at the Alberta Rose tonight (and why I'll be missing the MM Anniversary) ... 8 pm, $30-45
The Portland FolkMusic Society tonight presents another outstanding artist - Guy Davis. Rightly called "ambassador of the blues," Guy has traveled the world presenting blues, folk and Americana music - he's a musical storyteller, political activist, and actor, too. As an extra treat, Mary Flower will be joining Guy for a sublime evening of music ... 7 pm, $25
On Saturday at the Alberta Rose, it's Dar Williams with special guest Lindi Ortega. This is a great double bill pairing one of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation with the dynamic Ortega. Surprisingly, there's still a few tickets left, but not for long ... 8 pm, $35 / $40 at door
I know Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, with plenty of options for being entertained around town, but I'm going to drop by Catfish Lou's to help send Lloyd Jones to Nashville. No, not for a vacation - to support the making of his next recording that he'll be working on there. Invited and inspired by old friend Kevin McKendree (Grammy winning keyboardist and producer for Delbert McClinton and John Haitt) to hang out and write at his Franklin, TN studio, Lloyd came up with a new set of tunes he's really excited to record. Now it's time to head back to the studio to make it a reality. The show at Catfish Lou's will have a host of Lloyd's friends rocking all day to help the effort. You can also donate through his Kickstarter campaign. Music starts at 2 pm and continues until 9.