Preview: Week of May 27 – June 2
May28

Preview: Week of May 27 – June 2

Ew. The weather in the Northwest is positively gross right now. But that doesn’t seem to be stopping any of us from getting out to see the music we love, now does it? (Here’s looking at you, you badass Hootenanny people!) Well, this week is shaping up to be (another) good one, except I can’t seem to find a single damn show for Friday. If you know of one, shoot us a comment, and we’ll add it to the site! Tuesday, May 28 — For some really great bluegrass and a really fun dance party, hit up The Student Loan at the Laurelthirst. If you’re craving some wings, word on the street is that Brad Parsons will be your nom-nom’s musical entertainment over at Fire on the Mountain on Burnside. And if Cake is your thing (I know, I know, some of you are die-hard, and the other half of you are like, whhat?), they’re at the Doug Fir tonight for the first night of a super-exclusive two-night run. Good luck getting in the door, though! Wednesday, May 29 — It’s Shafty’s last show of their residency at the Goodfoot! This band seems to have only gotten better and better during their Wednesday night shows, so come out and catch them one last time before you have to wait for, you know, actual Phish. Again, for you Cake people, go ahead and try to con your way into the Doug Fir for night two! Thursday, May 30 — Local music phenom Asher Fulero just released a great new album, and he’s celebrating with a CD release party at the Doug Fir! The night will start out with a piano set from Asher, and then quickly turn into a raging dance party with Melting Pot and (Fulero’s electro-alter-ego) Halo Refuser complete with a Lights Up Loud light show and belly dancers from Bridgetown Revue! Over at the Goodfoot, Scott Pemberton will be wrapping up his Thursday night residency, so if you want to catch him before festival season, now’s your chance. Since it’s also the last Thursday of the month, you can head on up to Alberta Street to catch lots of great performers, including Dark Matter Transfer. When it gets dark, the Grateful Buds are doin’ their GD thing at Biddy McGraw’s. Friday, May 31 — As I said, I have no idea what’s going on this Friday. It’s a really strange feeling, I assure you. Saturday, June 1 — How is June here already??? Wasn’t it just New Year’s? Celebrate the coming of the warmer months with the Dead Winter Carpenters at the Goodfoot (and we DO emphasize...

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MMW’s Portland Voyage
May22

MMW’s Portland Voyage

Review by Derek M. Brown Photos by Jason Charme John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood have built a career targeting one of the most universal pleasures of the human experience: the thrill of the unknown.  Impossible to classify, Medeski, Martin & Wood (MMW) compose meticulous musical ensembles of diverse explorative jazz styles.  The thrill of witnessing this in person is that of your first road trip with friends, a maiden roller coaster ride or the highs of traveling to a foreign land.  You don’t quite know where you are headed or what lies around the corner, but you feel alive, and you know you like it.  A concert that’s a voyage. This past April, MMW sailed into the Rose City as part of an acoustic tour promoting their most recent album, Free Magic (acoustic is being used loosely here, the band still packed the punch of a state-of-the-art sound system and Wood’s electric bass).  The Roseland Ballroom was the venue for an intimate evening between musicians and the dedicated MMW fanbase.  The night was thrown an odd twist from the onset with a decision made for a seated show. The band had already commenced “Wig Wise”, and was currently guiding the audience through an impressive improvised groove, all the while a chorus of “Do we really have to sit?” and prompt “shhhhs” continuously swelled and faded. The dark pit inside Roseland was closer to that of a chilly pewed cathedral than a warm, embracing dance party. However, what the environment lacked in ambiance was more than compensated for by the sheer expertise of MMW’s talents. The vexation quickly dissolved into the first set as Billy Martin’s percussion assortments transported a fixated audience to a nightmarish land in “Ballade in C Minor ‘Vergessene Seelen’”.  Simultaneously, Chris Wood scratched a bow across his upright bass emulating slinking cats and creeping fog.  After exploring this scarred musical landscape for some time, John Medeski reached into the abyss with a rhythmic piano trance and steered the others onto a track of “Seven Deadlies” to close the set.  The transition between these two distinct pieces was the highlight of the night and worth the price of boarding pass alone After a short recess for collective breath-catching, the second set began as odd as the first one let off.  Medeski returned from behind the curtains with a strange woodwind, I  would later find out to be named the fujara.  The Slovakian pipe instrument whispered its muddled tones as the band climbed back into the cockpit for expedition into another vibrant, funky cosmos.  MMW slowly assembled in set two with sustained improvisation prior to “Doppler”...

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Bill Payne (Little Feat) in Portland on 05/23/13
May21

Bill Payne (Little Feat) in Portland on 05/23/13

Artist: Bill Payne (Little Feat) Date: Thursday, May 23rd 2013 Time: 7:30pm Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre City: Portland , OR Address: 3000 NE Alberta St. Venue phone: (503) 719-6055 Country: US Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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The Student Loan in Portland on 05/28/13
May21

The Student Loan in Portland on 05/28/13


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Artist: The Student Loan Date: Tuesday, May 28th 2013 Time: 9:00pm Venue: Laurelthirst Public House City: Portland , OR Address: 2958 NE Glisan St. Venue phone: 503-232-1504 Country: US Age restrictions: No Minors Notes: w/ The Dwells Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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JamBase Live Festival CANCELLED!
May21

JamBase Live Festival CANCELLED!

JamBase has cancelled their inaugural festival, JamBase Live, which was to be held at the Gorge Amphitheater on July 5 and 6. They haven’t yet announced the details behind the decision, but their website states that many of the scheduled bands will be playing at a different venue closer to Seattle the same weekend. Welp, maybe there were just too many other festivals planned for that same weekend!

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