upcoming in-store performances & events:
All in-store performances are at Music Millennium 32nd & E Burnside, 503-231-8926.
Monday, 3/19 – 6 PM
Graham’s latest outing bravely dispenses with many of the jazz trappings that flavored Echo, her Sunnyside Records debut. Lock, Stock & Soul represents coming home, a full circle return to Graham’s longtime musical loves: Neil Young, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan and others capable of delivering heartfelt emotion in the simplest of packages. The result is an extraordinarily whimsical vibe full of delicate melody and plush sonic detail, that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from LA’s Laurel Canyon in the height of its early-’70s heyday in terms of songwriting, performances and overall mood.
Friday, 3/23 – 6 PM
Tracy Grammer saw Dave Carter perform three songs at a songwriter’s showcase shortly after she moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996. “Here were stories that could stand alone as poetry, sung with compassion, intelligence, and a hint of Texas twang,” Grammer says. “I knew instantly that I was in the presence of greatness; I knew I had received my calling in life.” Grammer says, “I’ll keep on singing, and I’ll keep on telling my story, however that evolves. Working with Dave Carter was the first step on what I hope is going to be a long and fruitful road for me: the endless quest for authenticity through music.” Tracy Grammer will also be performing at the Alberta Rose Theatre on 3/23 at 8:00 PM.
CUBAN CIGAR CRISIS
Friday, 3/23 – 7 PM
Cuban Cigar Crisis is a San Francisco/Bay Area, California based Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit. Named after being asked to play a benefit show for students traveling to Cuba, where they opened for Xiu Xiu as a two piece switching off between a drum kit, Casiotone, electric bass, and a CD player. Since then they have experimented with other sounds ranging from beats, lo-fi, sad mopey mope rock, post-punk, and all out pop.
Saturday, 3/24 – 2 PM
Tiller’s Folly are the Pacific Northwest’s critically acclaimed, internationally traveled, ambassadors of song and at the forefront of a bold new movement in acoustic roots music. Hailed by critics (“Tiller’s Folly is a national treasure”. – Peter North, Edmonton Journal), their words and melodies are at once populist, minimally produced and poignant while at the same time singularly powerful and sincere. With eight studio CDs to the bands credit, Tiller’s award-winning productions continue to expand and refine their potent mix of acoustic & electric based, Celtic influenced Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass ‘and beyond.’
Saturday, 3/24 – 3:30 PM
Scott has, over the past decade-plus, assumed a rarified place in American music through a hard-to-come-by combination of talents and gifts. His literary but accessible songwriting has been the foundation of his reputation and his universally acclaimed albums, while also being a source of hits and cuts for others. His singing is uncommonly strong and nuanced. And his chops on guitar and steel, practiced over a lifetime of blue-collar musicianship, have earned him elite sideman gigs like Robert Plant’s current Band of Joy. With three Grammy nominations and an Americana Music Award to his credit, Darrell Scott has more than proven his stature as one of the finest all-around musicians in the world. Darrell Scott will also be playing at the Alberta Rose Theatre at 8 PM on March 24th.
GOOD OLD WAR
Wednesday, 3/28 – 6 PM
Over the past three years, indie-folk trio Good Old War has captivated countless audiences with their acoustic-driven, sing-along-inspiring live performances. Thanks to crowd-ruling sets delivered while opening for the likes of Alison Krauss, Dr. Dog, Guster, Brandi Carlile, Joshua Radin, Gomez, and Xavier Rudd, the band garnered a considerable following that helped their second record to debut at #2 on Billboard’s New Artist chart (as well as climb to the top slot on Amazon.com and on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart). Last spring, Good Old War widened that fan base by giving a much-talked-about performance at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Once again revealing their penchant for infectious folk-pop, Good Old War this time sharpens their sound by infusing Come Back as Rain with the same joyful passion they’ve ceaselessly brought to the stage.
THE JAMES LOW WESTERN FRONT
Saturday, 3/31 – 3 PM
The band may come from the lush climes of Portland, Oregon, but theirs is a sound that was born in towns like Nashville, Tennessee and Bakersfield, California. It shuffles, grooves, and sweats with the best of them, begging to be played through the in dash stereo of a pickup truck. The band captures and paints, in broad and specific strokes, the lovelorn, embittered, and beaten-down state with a perfectly lived-in sound that would be the envy of any alt country up-and-comers. Low captures the desperation of not only the Whiskey Farmer’s life, but also the life of anyone who has ever strained for a better existence via lyrics that are rich with detail and poignancy. The James Low Western Front have provided a fine sketch of a life roughly lived but given to moments of peace and clarity.
SINGING FOR DISCOUNTS
Sunday, 4/1 through Saturday, 4/14
In 2009, to do their part to help people stretch their money during the recession, Music Millennium gave their customers a chance to save money by ‘Singing For Discounts!’ It’s now 2012, and we’re still in a recession. Coming to the rescue, Music Millennium announces their 4th Annual ‘Singing For Discounts!’ event. All singers will be given the opportunity to be filmed, and the winner of the best/most entertaining performance will win a gift certificate good for a $250.00 shopping spree. Click here for details!