The Hot Concert Picks are Here (8/24-8/30)

Teri & Luke’s Pick:

Fri, Aug 25 The Old Church presents Haley Johnsen

Haley Johnsen is releasing her new EP, “When You Lit the Sky,” at The Old Church Friday night with members from the original Haley Johnsen Band. They have been together for over three years, but life is taking a few of them to new and exciting places so this will be their last performance together. She is also bringing to the stage several of her dearest as the opening acts: Laryssa Birdseye, Hayley Lynn, Kingsley, Karyn Ann, Ayanna Baudoin, and Jonny Shewell. This EP is Haley’s melodic journey through her own interpersonal feelings of longing, a physical or mental place other than where she was. It is about the inner fight to find her own light and overcome the darkness that comes from within, to finding a way back to that moment when you lit the sky or finally will.” – Teri Briggs

Haley Johnsen at The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland
Friday, August 25th
8 pm | $15 GA $25 VIP Tickets

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Sat Aug 26 Dan Cable Presents: Rare Monk / Motopony / Hammerhead

Rare Monk is a Portland, OR based indie rock band. They are gearing up to release their debut full-length album in the summer of 2017 featuring 10 brand new songs recorded in Portland with Skyler Norwood (Blind Pilot, Horsefeathers, Priory).

While reading a book called “The Spell of the Sensuous” by David Abrams, Daniel Blue of MOTOPONY came across a shamanic tradition that suggested that animals, plants, tools, and even stones have a kind of perception and they echo what they are offered. It was suggested that a life lived in poor relationship with the world around oneself was perhaps the cause of all the sickness, war and suffering in the world. Seeing the earth burning and taking this to heart, Blue decided to experiment with the theory and attempt to “have a relationship” with his (rather small) motorcycle. He called it “pony”, spoke to it as if it were alive and tried his best to respect it as a living thing or at least as a part of life as a whole. Of that time he said, “It changed me forever riding my bike that way. It was undeniably more enjoyable to coax and caress the machine like a friend rather than take it for granted like a meaningless gathering of extruded metals, rubbers and gasses. For the first time, I began to see myself as part of the world and not just a user of it.” The resulting joy and empowerment of that moment was infectious and thrilling to Blue, and he coined the term “Motopony” in celebration of the revelation. From then on he began to use the word Motopony to define any tool that he used respectfully with a relational intention of healing himself and the world.

Hammerhead is th​e indie folk band consisting of Tyler Robson and Andrew Harrison. Started in Portland, OR in 2015, Hammerhead has been climbing the ladders of local music, being named 3rd Best Folk band in Portland for 2016 by Willamette Week, releasing their first EP, “Broken Poetry And Melatonin” in March of 2016, and touring through Oregon, and Washington. Blending the styles of The Avett Bros. and Shakey Graves, Hammerhead also brings their own unique voice and electric energy to every show.

Dan Cable Presents: Rare Monk / Motopony / Hammerhead
Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St, Portland
Saturday, August 26th
9 pm | $10


Luke Neill is the voice of Sounds of PDX on PRP. Catch Sounds of PDX every Tuesday night from 7-9 pm, and the SPDX Listening Party every Thursday from 1-3 pm! Follow Sounds of PDX on Facebook


Inessa’s Picks:

Fri- Sun, August 25-27 20th Annual Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival



Sat Aug 26, Doyle Bramhall II at Music Millennium

Get another shot at Doyle Bramhall at Music Millennium.

Doyle Bramhall at Music Millenium
3158 E Burnside St, Portland
Saturday, August 26th
3 pm | Free
All Ages!



Sat-Sun, Aug 26-27 Project Pabst at Waterfront Park

Project Pabst Music Fest
Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland
(Click the link above for more information about artists and ticket prices!)



Sunday, Aug 27 Swans at Revolutions Hall

Swans, Okkyung Lee Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St #110, Portland
Sunday, August 27th
8 pm | $30 Adv/$35 Doors Tickets


Inessa is the PRP Music Director and Creative Services and is responsible for many great blog posts, interviews and Drop-In Sessions. Follow Inessa on her blog.



Bob’s Pick:

Sat Aug 26 Doyle Bramhall II, Lewi Longmire

Doyle Bramhall II is one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Indeed, none other than Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has worked with for more than a decade, lauds him as one of the most gifted guitarists he has ever encountered.

Lewi Longmire leads a Roots Rock/Americana band of his own, singing his own compositions. This group owes much to the American tradition of good songs played with high energy, deep roots, and an unpretentious sense of fun. Their sound finds the connection between the basement feel of The Band, the raspy blue-eyed soul of Joe Cocker, the desert space of Giant Sand, the “without a net” deep space improvisations of the San Francisco Ballrooms, the punk abandon of The Stooges and the quiet contemplation of Neil Young, playing solo.

Doyle Bramhall II, Lewi Longmire at Mission Theater<>
Saturday, August 26th
8 pm | $20 advance, $22 day of show

You can catch Throwin’ It Back Thursdays with Bob Knowles every Thursday morning from 7-10 am.


Teri’s Pick:

Saturday, August 26: The AM (Acoustic Minds) is celebrating the release of their new CD at Doug Fir Lounge Saturday night with special guests, Fox & Bones, Moonbeam Kelly, J La Rae, SubCo. and Demetre Baca. This special showcase includes acoustic and full band performances, with duo and solo projects from The AM’s, Josh Lorenzen and Aaron Altemose.

The AM (CD Release) w/special guests, Fox & Bones, Moonbeam Kelly, Demetre Baca 
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E. Burnside St., Portland
Saturday, August 26, Doors at 8, show at 9 pm
Tickets $10 General Adm, $25 VIP
Listen to a sneak peak of the new CD here.

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