Teri & Inessa’s Pick:
There are three fabulous options for your Thursday from artists that have all been guests on Portland Radio Project.
Stephanie Scelza is a wordsmith if there ever was one. She has a way of writing that grabs you by the horns and takes you on a ride into another land, a land of her daily happenings, the world at large, or her beloved cat, Nina Nightmare. She’ll be with the full band, Strange and the Familiars, at The White Eagle, along with the Honey Divers and Stephanie Kitson.
Check out Stephanie Scelza on The Portland Playlist at PRP
Love Gigantic is one of those bands that you wish you could see more often. The wait is over because they’ll be at Mississippi Pizza Pub for a holiday show with special guests that will be revealed when you’re there.
You can follow Teri’s work with the PRP street team on her Facebook page, Teri’s Tunes PDX.
Thursday, December 21 Michele DeCourcey & Friends Acoustic at O’Conner’s
Michelle DeCourcy and Friends celebrate the Holidaze up close and personal at O’Connor’s Portland with some very special guests.
Michele DeCourcey & Friends Acoustic at O’Conner’s
O’Connor’s Cafe and Bar
7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland
Thurs, Dec 21
7 pm | Free
Sunday-Saturday, December 24-30 Al’s Den Residency of Dan Sheron of Balto
Dan Sheron is the principal songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist for the American rock’n’roll band Balto.
Sunday: Blind J.
Monday: Mo Troper
Tuesday: Kele Goodwin
Wednesday: Rare Diagram (Justin & Emma Duo Set)
Thursday: Anna Hoone
Friday: Smokey Brights (Acoustic Duo Show)
Saturday: Luke Beckel (of Balto / Sweating Honey / Charts) + Other Special Guests
At 21, after a failed attempt to begin a journalism career in Moscow and an overwhelming heartbreak, Dan Sheron’s life collapsed. Without so much as saying goodbye to his friends or bothering to pack a bag, Dan boarded a train bound for Siberia and headed east with a child’s guitar and journal that quickly filled with songs. At some point in those manic months, Balto was born, in a third-class train car, singing and drinking among strangers, somewhere east of Novosibirsk.
Dan came home and tracked those new compositions with a band made up of his closest friends. The recordings became Balto’s first album, October’s Road. Adventures and tours came and went – 2012 saw the release of Balto’s second record, Monuments, followed by an EP Call it by its Name in 2015 and their latest full-length outing, Strangers (LP) – in 2017.
Over time, Balto transformed from a songwriting vehicle into a rock n roll band – performing a boozy, swaggering style of American music rooted at the intersection of Motown, Big Star, Plastic Ono Band-era Lennon, and Jackson Browne. Their interactive live performances have drawn comparisons to fiery indie rockers My Morning Jacket and Wilco, while Seattle-based curators Artist Home describe Strangers (2017) as “a tangle of beautiful, messy emotions, wrapped up in a sound that’s warmly familiar yet brimming with soul and tiny details that are touched by magic.” They continue to describe Sheron as, “a roots-rock storyteller with the heart of an Edwardian poet-full of romance, sharp observation, knowing humor, and at least a slug or two of whiskey.” Songs from the new record have been featured in official playlists for Spotify, Google Play Music, Tidal, Apple Music, & Deezer, and the band has toured steadily throughout 2017, supporting acts such as Blind Pilot, the Current Swell, the Donkeys and Communist Daughter. Dan returned to Russia on tour in fall 2017, to be followed with dates in Germany and Austria in Winter 2018 as the band continues tracking their next full-length release.
Friday, December 22 1939 Ensemble, Psychomagic, Kulululu at Mississippi Studios
1939 Ensemble, Psychomagic, Kulululu at Mississippi Studios
3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
9 pm | $5 | Buy Tickets
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