Hello Dear Readers,
It is cold. We had to cancel our AristeiA show in Seattle yesterday for obvious reasons. For a breif second I thought I might go to a show in town instead. But as it turned out it was too cold and I am to much of a wuss to drive on icy roads. Oh well. It turns out that at least three of the five shows I posted were canceled (maybe more?). But there will be more shows this week. So rest easy knowing that you might be able to witness some of the musical magic happening in the Portland area.
Monday, December 15th
Lets start with these.
Mississippi Pizza is having a show with Shake Speake, Gregory Miles Harris and Holy Smokes. So what I know is that I like what I have heard of Shake Speake, that Gregory Miles Harris opened up for Daniel Johnstson last time Daniel was in town, and that Holy Smokes has some new songs coming to their myspace page. Oh, and they are all from Portland. The show is and starts at 9 PM.
Valentine's is having a show with Dramady, rickshaw, and Go Balloons. Though I have only heard of Dramedy. This looks like a fun show. Go Balloons has a picture of a tank made of balloons. That's fun , right. So, I hope they bring the tank. It probably doesn't take that much to fill it up, what with gas prices being what they are and all. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.
Tuesday, December 16th
Here is another couple of shows for you to attend.
Mississippi Pizza is having a show with At Dusk and Michael Rockstar. At Dusk is an acoustic band that sings about vieo games (it also features local music champion Cary Clarke). Michael Rockstar is a musical comedian. A comedian that employs music? Writes funny songs. Whatevs. It is ALL AGES and FREE and starts at 6 PM.
Valentine's is having a show with Justin Power, Ashia and Forest Fire (Brooklyn). Justin is on my short list of bands that I really like but have not seen. Perhaps I will change that. Ashia looks like one of those people that can sing and play cello at the same time. Neat. This show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.
Wednesday, December 17th
There are two cannot miss shows hapenning on Wednesday night. I really don't know how you are going to work this situation out, but you won't want to miss either of these shows.
Aladdin Theater is having a show with Blind Pilot, Loch Lomond and The Old Believers. All of these bands are sooooo good. This is an ALL AGES ordeal that will cost a person $12 to see and will start at 8 PM (doors at 7 PM).
Holocene is having the other can't miss show. This one is the last show of the criminally underappreciated Strangers Die Every Day. They play instrumental post-rock music that is primarily based around string arrangemnets. Tonight they will be playing with frequent bill sharing group Blue Cranes Autopilot Is for Lovers, who seem to be everywhere lately, are playing a set as well. You would be a fool not to see this show. It is $6 and starts at 9 PM.
Thursday, December 18th
Here are some more good shows. Will you be good to the "scene" and see them?
Disjecta is having a show with Chrome Wings and Deelay Ceelay. They are billing this as a "Holiday Treat". They also refer to Deelay as a "groove master". Chromes Wings is scheduled to "rock the house". The show is $5 and starts at 8 PM.
Doug Fir is having a rare performance of Joggers side-thing Cajun Gems. In fact, I beleive it was oringinally Joggers who were set to play. They had to cancel. Inside voices, amd All smiles round out this all local bill. Inside Voices sound really good. Remember that group Genchen & Reidel I mentioned last week? Inside Voices is their main group. All Smiles is the songs of ex-Grandaddy member Jim Fairchild. I love me some old Grandaddy. Does that sound weird? The show is $8 and starts at 9 PM.
Kellys Olympian: the black black black, DoublePlusGood, El Come, Phantom
So there are the shows for the week. If you see me please say, "Hi".
It's kinda like that Janet Jackson photo. The Old Beleivers play Aladdin on Wednesday.