I have yet to see a show. But that is 100% for sure going to change by weeks end. There actually some pretty amazing shows that will be happening this week.
Wednesday, November 12th
So there are several really good National acts going on tonight (Danielson, Gang Gang Dance, Breeders, etc...) but I am here to let you know there are also some pretty good local shows as well.
- For instance (and I want to give warning that I am about to be extremly biased here) I am playing a FREE tomorrow at Jade Lounge (SE 24th and Ankeny) as Meyercord with the very talented Kelli Schaefer and Michael Kitson. Basically it is an Awesome (not the capital "A") show. Though I believe it to be an acoustic show. I know that Michael plans on having some drums and bass accompanying him. It will not be boring. The FREE show starts at 9 PM.
- There is another acoustic-sh show happening at Holocene. They will be host of Love Menu, Shake Speak, and M Billy, I have seen both Love Menu and M Billy play at Valentine's and would be interested in seeing them in the larger setting that is Holocene. As for Shake Speak, I have seen the name. I am pretty sure they have played shows that I have wanted to see. That being said, I have not seen them yet. This show is a mere $3 and starts at 9 PM.
- Someday Lounge is having a show that mixes local and not so local. Someday Lounge is having a show that mixes local and not so local. The Impossible Shapes (Bloomington, IN), Autopilot is For Lovers will all be doing sets of their respective types of indie folk-rock music. All bands are of a pretty high quality (especially Autopilot). It will be worth the $7 you shell out, should you choose to attend the show. It starts at 9 PM.
- Tim Sproul is having a poetry reading as part of his book release event at Kelly's Olympian. I know what you thinking. Why do I care? The answer is simple. Local musicians Fernando, Michael Dean Damron, and Willy Vlautin (of Richmond Fontaine and an author himself). will all be playing sets of Americana-esque music.
Thursday, November 13th
A few things are going on Thursday that are worth your consideration.
- There is another music festival. This one is called Miscellaneous Music Festival and is being held at Rex Putnam High School. Here is what the press release said of the event: "To encourage young musicians, Milwaukie High seniors Ryan Luis and Conrad Hilley have planned a benefit concert that will fund at least one scholarship for a college-bound music student in North Clackamas high schools. The second annual Miscellaneous Music Festival will feature performers Michael Allen Harrison, The Wanteds, The Old Believers, Urban Monroes, Andy Combs, and more. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 13 in the Rex Putnam High School auditorium, located at 4950 SE Roethe Road in Milwaukie. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Any donations are tax-deductible. For advance tickets or more information, contact Ryan Luis at 503-652-0872 or Conrad Hilley at 503-659-1107. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must attend the concert, where they will sign up with their name and e-mail address. The scholarship application includes an essay question and a description of the student's musical background. Applications will be sent electronically following the concert." Sounds pretty worth while eh? Well check out the bands playing it: Michael Allen Harrison, Urban Monroes, The Wanteds, The Old Believers, and Andy Combs and the Moth. Okay, I will level with you. I have only hear of the last two groups. But i really like those groups. So, do something charitable if you want. See a show. Like the release says it is $5 for students and $10 for adults (this also leads me to believe it is ALL AGES). Again, the festival starts at 7 PM.
- The Artistery is having a show with Viking Moses (Tunas, MO), Ah Holly Fa'mly, and Kelly's Olympian is having a show with Days, Slutty Hearts, and The Brightest Comet. Basically, I just think that THe Brightest Comet is good. They play 90's influenced indie rock. It always sort of reminded my of Rainer Maria. So if you like that sort of thing, this is the show for you. Plus it features members ot We're From Japan!, one of the best post-rock bands in Portland.
If you see me at these. Please don't hesitate to say "hi".
Ah Holly Fam'ly play Artistery early on Thursday.