Posts from — October 2010
Portland is definitely not know for it’s country, but we are a MUSIC town so if it’s good it’s good. Radney Foster has been a fixture on the Nashville music scene for over 20 years & has lots of established collabertors including Dierks Bently, Keith Urban, and Jon Randall – both Nashville success stories.
MP3/Download: Radney Foster – Until It’s Gone
BIO: The position that Foster enjoys in the country music landscape is remarkable. Mainstream country music and independent Americana tend to occupy separate orbits. Yet for 24 years Foster has thrived in both as a songwriter, recording artist, live performer and producer. His songs–solo, with Foster and Lloyd and recorded by other artists–have topped the country, Texas, Americana, and AAA charts alike. At the same time, he’s earned the respect of his peers and a devoted audience as intent on listening as they are eager to dance.
Foster’s latest release, Revival emerged when the Texas native plunged into the rolling waters of change–his father’s death and the end of his twelve-year, 5,000-mile separation from his son–and came up with renewed conviction.Arriving a full decade after the intensely personal See What You Want To See and recorded with the same trusted studio team (Darrell Brown and Niko Bolas), the twelve songs on Revival are a solid bookend to the watershed record. Most of the songs on the album are what Foster calls “close to the bone,” so personal that he either wrote them on his own or with trusted friends, like Brown and Jay Clementi. “I Know You Can Hear Me,” is a wrenching goodbye to Foster’s father. “I Made Peace With God That Day” and “Until It’s Gone”–both written with Brown–respectively capture the anguished fear of losing a child and vow to live with abandon (and crank up the volume) from here on out.
True to its title, Revival is the boldest and most spiritual thing Foster has done to date. But it would be a mistake to pigeonhole it strictly as a gospel release; what Foster is preaching here is the gospel of truth, and having the guts to choose love over fear. And like any good revival, this one will have you dancing, crying, laughing and ready to testify. Like he sings in the opening and closing track, Amen to love.
October 31, 2010 No Comments
The Henry Clay People from Los Angeles, return to Portland for a headling show at the Doug Fir on Tuesday night. This band has been keeping busy in 2010 with extended tours opening for the Drive-By Truckers and the Silversun Pickups. Currently touring behind their new release, Somewhere on the Golden Coast.
BIO: Somewhere On The Gold Coast, the new album from The Henry Clay People, is out now. Hear the full album at the band’s site, and buy it at nice low prices in all your favorite formats. Each choice comes with the digital album instantly.
More about the album: We know what you’re thinking: The Henry Clay People aren’t really from L.A., right? After all, their TBD debut, Somewhere on the Golden Coast, sounds like the riff-slinging byproduct of playing hard—and drinking even harder—in Midwestern bars that keep their jukeboxes stocked with old Pavement and Replacements records or whatever Robert Pollard released that week.
“While we don’t quite fit in with L.A.’s noise scene or the singer-songwriter crew that hangs out at the Hotel Cafe,” says vocalist/guitarist Joey Siara, “we’ve found a nice little niche for bands like us in L.A—just a bunch of friendly people who prefer to hang out, drink cheap beer, and listen to Big Star records on a Saturday night.”
Joey and his 23-year-old little brother Andy—also a singer/guitarist—formed The Henry Clay People in 2005. Since then the band has developed a reputation for spreading their unpretentious slacker guitar rock though out greater Los Angeles and beyond. ”I think we played close to 200 shows in 2007-2008 and most of those were just local to southern California. 2009 was nice though because we really got to hit the road for most of the year and see if the tunes held up outside our little bubble.”
October 26, 2010 No Comments
As reported by the Oregonian, it looks like Satyricon is not the only downtown venue getting ready to close it’s doors. After 17 years Berbati’s Pan is going to stop showing live music. With the recent openings of The Woods, Alberta Rose Theater and re-design of Mississippi Studios, I think PDX’s venue scene is just shifting around & not really declining.
Reached by telephone, Berbati’s co-owner John Papaioannou let out a heavy sigh. “The rumor is true. We’ve been around for a long time,” he said, referring to both the club and his family, which has operated the venue for fifteen years. “The last two years have been really the toughest…we’ve had shows that should be sold out and they’re more than half empty.”
October 25, 2010 No Comments
Doc Martens has relocated its Portland location to West Burnside in downtown and what better way to celebrate their new digs than a monthly series of FREE Portland music (and FREE BEER!) from now through December? The series kicks off with a big show this Friday that features folk rockers The Builders and The Butchers and DJ Beyonda. Come down early as we expect this one to be packed with folks looking to get their pre-funk on before Mumford and Sons at the Crystal Ballroom later in the evening. The first 50 people in the door get a Doc Marten’s gift bag.
The Builders and the Butchers with DJ Beyonda
Friday, October 22nd – Doors at 5 show from 6pm to 8pm
Doc Martens Store: 10th and West Burnside
October 20, 2010 No Comments
Oregonian: Three weeks ago PDX Jazz announced the theme and a few of the headliners for next February’s Portland Jazz Festival, which will have an intriguing focus on the historical and contemporary cross-pollinations of Jewish and black cultures within jazz.
In a Wednesday evening event at the West Cafe, organizers filled in more of the picture, announcing the remainder of the festival headliners and the performance schedule for its main concerts. Bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding, recently named the festival’s “artistic & community ambassador” was a special guest at the event.
Bolstering the cross-cultural theme will be clarinetist — and Portland Jazz Fest veteran — Don Byron, who’ll revive his popular tribute to Mickey Katz, a klezmer musician and comedian who worked with the likes of Spike Jones in the 1940s.
Another rare treat will be Portlander Dave Frishberg, who performs around town regularly as a pianist, but very seldom presents what he calls his “act” — that is, the alternately poignant and sidesplitting original songs and dry banter that have earned him several Grammy nominations.
Among the other exciting names added to February’s roster are the pianist Randy Weston, the conguero Pancho Sanchez and the funk saxophone legend Maceo Parker.
Still to come are details on local and regional performers, panel discussions, artists interview sessions and educational outreach activities.
Below is the schedule so far, followed by the text of a press release describing the festival and its thematic ideas.
• February 18, 7:30pm Winningstad Theatre: Randy Weston
• February 19, 7:30pm Winningstad Theatre: Anat Fort
• February 20, TBD Winningstad Theatre: Dave Frishberg
• February 24, 7:30pm Newmark Theatre: Don Byron Plays Mickey Katz
• February 25, 7:30pm Newmark Theatre Esperanza Spalding
• February 25, 9:30pm Crystal Ballroom: Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Dance Party
• Friday, February 25, 9:30pm Alberta Rose Theatre Nik Bartsch’s Ronin
• February 26, 2:00pm Crystal Ballroom: 3 Cohens w/Anat, Yuval & Avishai Cohen + Afro-Semitic Experience
• February 26, 7:30pm Newmark Theatre: SFJAZZ Collective Plays Stevie Wonder. Featuring Mark Turner, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen, Robin Eubanks, Stefon Harris, Edward Simon, Matt Penman & Eric Harland
• February 26, 9:30pm Crystal Ballroom: Regina Carter Reverse Threads
• February 27, 2:00pm Newmark Theatre: Joshua Redman James Farm
• February 27, 7:30pm Crystal Ballroom: Maceo Parker
October 14, 2010 No Comments
Sad but true, the time has come to say goodbye to Satyricon forever. The club will be closing it’s doors after Halloween. We’ve put together a series of shows in the month of October to remember all the great times the club has had over its two and a half decade run.
Here are the shows:
* Sun Oct 3 – Heaven and Hell Cabaret, organized by Mark Ruibal – 20-Foot Man, Doctor Amazon (members of Smegma), Tabasco Tim, Barbara Beymer Perez and Roger Kasner (Diva), and more (all-ages) $8
* Wed Oct 6 – Boo Frog, Ghostrance, Slutty Hearts (all ages) $5
* Thu Oct 7 – Molly Cliff, The Whirlees, Dimbulb, Sean Croghan (acoustic Crackerbash songs) (21+) $7
* Sat Oct 9 – Big Daddy Meat Straw, Theatre of Sheep, Jagula (members of Hell Cows), Pinehurst Kids (all ages) $10
* Fri Oct 15 – Richmond Fontaine, Fernando, Bingo Richey & Friends (21+) $10 tix at door… come early!
* Sat Oct 16 – The Dandy Warhols (with original drummer Eric Hedford, playing songs from first two albums), Swoon 23, Sugarboom (31+) $20 (advance tix sold out on Dandys web site; there may be a few for sale at the door… maybe!)
* Sun Oct 17 – The Last Gasp Cabaret – organized by Kitty Diggins – hosted by Jeffrey Kyle & Stephen Spyrit (performances by: Kitty Diggins, Stephen Spyrit, Jeffrey Kyle, Mistress Dawn, Zedekiah Schild (Last Pariahs) Those Damn Dames, Lady X and Co., The Pander Brothers, Tres Shannon, Gregarious T.Cline, Regina La Roca, Hope Shepherd, DJ Stormy, Art show by Rand Stricfadden, films by Justin Warner (Violet Uprising) Harvey Hardcock and more.) (21+) $7
* Wed Oct 20 – The Return of Portland Organic Wrestling! (all-ages) $7
* Thu Oct 21 – Kleveland, Snow Bud and the Flower People, Hogwild, Slackjaw (21+) $7
* Sat Oct 23 – Quasi, Pond, M99 (21+) $10 tix at door… come early!
* Sun Oct 24 – End of the World Cabaret – organized by Jasin Fell; Popewyrm, Soriah, Hail, and more (all ages) $6
* Sat Oct 30 – Pierced Arrows, Napalm Beach, The Obituaries, Eastside Speed Machine (w/ David Corboy joining in for Jackals songs), Iron Lords, Don’t (21+) $15 – doors at 7pm; show promptly at 8pm tix
* Sun Oct 31 – Poison Idea, Wehrmacht, Defiance, Resist, Ceremonial Castings, Go Ballistic, Hammered Grunts, Spellcaster, Bone Sickness, & guests (all ages) $15 (tix coming soon)
Come join us throughout the month of October to say goodbye, enjoy some great music and party our butts off!
October 3, 2010 No Comments