Thursday, December 7 Hundred Waters, Banoffee at Doug Fir Lounge
Hundred Waters have played many a time on Fresh Spins with Jen Em. This largely electronic based group puts the soul in soulful, with a lead singer who sings with the wisdom and depth of a woman twice her age.
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Join us for what has become a seasonal tradition at the Crystal Ballroom, as The Dandy Warhols present their annual all-ages holiday show! This year’s theme is “Cowboy Christmas,” and you’re invited to dress the part and join the revelry.
After the show wraps up in the Ballroom, Zia from the Dandies (a.k.a. DJ Rescue) will be DJing the after-party in Ringlers Pub.
Special overnight lodging is available at the Crystal Hotel that includes two tickets to the show and breakfast the following morning, Make your reservations online, using code 1712DANDY. (select GROUP under Special Codes, and insert 1712DANDY)
The Dandy Warhols: Cowboy Christmas, featuring The Dandy Warhols with Federale at Crystal Ballroom
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
1332 West Burnside Street, Portland
Sat, Dec 9th
7 pm doors, 8 pm show | $20 advance, $25 day of show | Buy Tickets
All Ages Event!
$1 from the sale of every ticket goes to Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety
There are three great shows this weekend that I am going to – three nights in a row??? What am I 21 again? 🙂 However, they are so good, I must.
Here is the info:
Thursday, December 7 John Craigie, Hollis Peach at Mississippi Studios
Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.
Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “Highway Blood” and “I Am California.” The latter quickly cracked 200K Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.
Saturday, December 8 Shook Twins, Korgy and Bass at Wonder Ballroom
Magic revolves around the number two. Opposite halves define our existence. There’s dark and light, black and white, night and day, yin-and-yang, and so on and so forth.
On their 2017 EP 2, critically acclaimed Idaho-born and Portland-based indie outfit Shook Twins draw on the inherent power of the group’s namesake duo—identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals]. In early 2017, the pair holed up alone in a room with just two voices and two instruments and cut the seven-song collection live to tape, serving up bare bones renditions of fan favorites, covers, and one new tune entitled “Safe.”
“Musically, it differs from our other studio albums, because it’s just two twins in a room performing on two instruments,” explains Katelyn. “It’s much more raw emotionally and almost vulnerable. It’s nice to hear our growth as a duo and notice our individual grooves. It showcases these songs in a different way than they had been or will be recorded. It’s just a taste of the simplest core of our band: The Shook Twins.”
Sunday, December 9 Patterson Hood at Doug Fir Lounge
Patterson Hood is a musician and songwriter living in Portland, OR. He’s originally from Muscle Shoals, AL and plays with a band called Drive-By Truckers as well as being a solo artist.
Great weekend of music is on the way!
You can catch Patrick “The Man” Meig’s Mixtape show every Thursday from 7-9 pm. Expect the unexpected!
Friday, December 7 A Celtic Christmas: Affiniti with Howard Crosby at Aladdin Theatre
This is a cool show with three Irish women doing everything from Bach to U2 to Judy Garland. Also there is Bing’s nephew, Howard Crosby harmonizing on White Christmas and Danny Boy. “Affiniti is a powerhouse female trio made up of vocalist Emer Barry (Soprano), Aisling Ennis (Harp) and Mary McCague (Violin). All three are classically trained and masters of their instruments.”
A Celtic Christmas: Affiniti with Howard Crosby at Aladdin Theatre
3017 SE Milwaukie, Portland
Fri, Dec 7th
Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm | $25 ADV/$30 DOS | Buy Tickets
All Ages Event!
Thursday, December 7 Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Revolution Hall
Big Head Todd and the Monsters are not that big on anniversaries, so there won’t be any big hoopla over the fact that the band is officially crossing the three-decade mark this year. Thirty years would seem like something to commemorate, especially with the same core lineup, an achievement few other name-brand bands can boast of. Yet right now they’re less about celebrating stability than volatility, in the form of their eleventh studio album, New World Arisin’, which makes good on its forward-facing title with what might be the brashest rock and roll of their career. The old world can’t rest on any laurels, and neither will they.
Friday, December 8 Blitzen Trapper and Lilly Hiatt at Revolution Hall
We recently created a theater event that ran for a couple months in our hometown of Portland, OR called Wild and Reckless, half musical, half rock-opera dealing with heroin abuse, desperation, True Love and western power structures. Heady as shit, but in the end as it unfolded I realized it was really about music, that longing for escape, that pure juvenile psychedelia we possessed as kids laying in summer grass gazing up at the clouds in the sky seeing shapes in them, imbuing them with a reality that was not really there but that we saw it and named it. Stories upon stories. This resultant album Wild and Reckless is a companion to Furr, a second volume in that wild dystopian reality of killers and shape-shifters, and there is a running narrative to it that, like its companion Furr hinges upon Love, love lost, found, hidden.
After moving out of an ex’s house, Lilly Hiatt settled into a new apartment off of Trinity Lane in her East Nashville neighborhood and went on tour with friend John Moreland to the West Coast and back. The intensely personal, autobiographical album was written largely upon her return, in isolation, facing the issues she escaped while on the road. Every time she wanted a man, she picked up her guitar. Every time she wanted a drink, she picked up her guitar. Hiatt says, “Love will take you to the darkest places but also the most honest places if you let it.”
Blitzen Trapper and Lilly Hiatt at Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark Street #110, Portland
Fri, Dec 8th
Doors 8 pm, Show 9 pm | $26-35 | Buy Tickets
Minor Seating In Balcony Only / General Admission For 21+
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