For Chris Chandler
Sep28

For Chris Chandler

This was supposed to be a review of Brad Parsons & the Local Talent and Polecat, but instead it’s going to be about Chris Chandler. The music was great, but I would give up that show- or every show- a million times if we could just get a do-over of Saturday night. Our fun times seem so insignificant compared to what was lost. I was dancing with Chris not an hour before he was killed. We joked about an air pump he had lent me that kept turning itself on and off in the back of the car. (He told me I could keep it.) We made plans to go hiking the next day. He gave me a huge bear hug. And I had no idea that was the last time I’d ever see him. We all have similar stories about Chris. He was universally kind, inclusive, generous, and positive- and there is no one that could say any different about him. I think we are all realizing now exactly how many people his infectious warmth spread to. I can only hope that I can strive to be as kind, as warm, and as generous as Chris was, and keep his memory alive by working to become a better person. This music scene that we have here in Portland is bigger than just a group of people who share the same taste in music. There is real love here. Let’s all make sure we remember to acknowledge that, and let the people we care about know that we love them. As we struggle to find meaning in something that seems so meaningless, let’s use this experience to strengthen our bonds. Thanks Chris, for everything. Our lives are all better because you were in...

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Fall 2015 Preview: Shows We’re Pumped About!
Sep15

Fall 2015 Preview: Shows We’re Pumped About!

By Kara Wilbeck After what’s usually a busy outdoor music season in the PNW, fall brings us the return to the indoor venue: and lots of great live music! Here are our picks for some of the best shows this fall – be sure not to miss these! Saturday, Sept. 26: Polecat at the Goodfoot Lounge : Polecat is one of our favorite Northwest bands! With a strong base in the Americana/folk sound, they manage to take their music a lot of places, and rock the house every time! Portland guitar badass Brad Parsons and his band The Local Talent open, so get there early! 21+, $10, 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8: The New Mastersounds at the Wonder Ballroom: The New Mastersounds bring a very clean, very, VERY tight funk sound, which is impressive, considering they’re from England and not NOLA. Drawing comparisons to The Meters (among countless other legends), these guys are the real deal. 21+, $20/$22, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14: Dean Ween Group at the Wonder Ballrooom: OK, OK, we know. This show is sold out, and has been for a while. But we’re including it because of the pure awesomeness that it’s going to be, and you should try to get tickets on Craigslist. 21+, sold out, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22: Dave Rawlings Machine at the Crystal Ballroom: This epic string band features the inimitable duo of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch. You will without a doubt experience some top notch songwriting and picking at this one! All ages, $32/$35, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24: Asher Fulero Band at the Goodfoot Lounge: Local keys master Asher Fulero is everywhere. He plays with pretty much everyone, moonlights as an electronic producer, and still manages to have time for a band of his own. It’s jazzy, it’s funky, it’s rock. Pair this with another local powerhouse, Yak Attack, and you’ve got a serious show here. Probably not the best night to stay home. 21+, 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31: Fruition at Revolution Hall: These local favorites (and Willamette Week readers’ choice for best alt-country band) are going to absolutely tear up Halloween evening at Portland’s newest concert venue! Definitely, definitely come in costume – because most Fruition fans do anyway, even when it’s not Halloween! Under 21 allowed with parent or guardian, $20, 8 p.m. Thursday -Saturday, Nov. 5-7: Greensky Bluegrass 3-night run at the Wonder Ballroom: Three nights! Holy moly! The progressive bluegrass band certainly has a following here, and they always give us a good show. Or shows. You can bet your britches you won’t be disappointed, whether you come for one night or all three. 3-night passes are...

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Dave Rawlings Machine in Portland on 10/22/15
Sep14

Dave Rawlings Machine in Portland on 10/22/15

Artist: Dave Rawlings Machine Date: Thursday, October 22nd 2015 Time: 8:00pm Venue: Crystal Ballroom City: Portland , OR Address: 1332 W. Burnside St. Venue phone: (503) 225-0047 Country: US Admission: $32 / $35 Age restrictions: All Ages Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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The Who in Hillsboro on 09/24/15
Sep13

The Who in Hillsboro on 09/24/15

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Garcia Birthday Band in Hillsboro on 09/18/15
Sep13

Garcia Birthday Band in Hillsboro on 09/18/15


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Artist: Garcia Birthday Band Date: Friday, September 18th 2015 Time: 9:30pm Venue: McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern City: Hillsboro , OR Address: 10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Venue phone: 503-645-3822 Country: US Admission: Free Age restrictions: No Minors Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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