Patrick’s Picks:


Friday, January 5 Pretty Gritty, Cascade Crescendo at Alberta Street Pub

Pretty Gritty plays Friday, Jan 5 at the Alberta Street Pub starting at 6 with the great local bluegrass band Cascade Crescendo, starting at 9.

Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both from Montgomery County, MD. Although they originate from different rock bands, fate brought them together at local “open-mic” nights, where it became evident that they shared an interest in writing and performing songs that mix country, rock, blues, and soul. It’s said that she brings the “pretty” while he brings the “gritty,” combining for an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics.

Cascade Crescendo, from Portland, Oregon, has been crafting their own brand of bluegrass since 2013. Pulling from their vast range of collective influences, they play original, high-energy bluegrass, jamgrass, and Americana music with captivating lead vocals by Hunter White, blazing fast mandolin licks by Aden Beck, and creative, thumping bass lines by Taylor Skiles. Duluth, MN banjo player, Harrison Olk joined the band in late 2015, bringing with him solid Scruggs-style banjo and high lonesome harmonies.

Cascade Crescendo recorded their first studio album in Spring 2016 at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. The album features fiddle player, Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band) on five tracks and a guest appearance by drummer Nick Werth (Yak Attack, Ghost-Note). Cascade Crescendo is gaining steam in 2017, quickly winning over fans across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. They performed on the lineup of the 2016 Northwest String Summit and are touring around the country in 2017 and beyond.

Pretty Gritty, Cascade Crescendo at Alberta Street Pub
Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St, Portland
Fri, Dec 5th
Pretty Gritty 6 pm, Cascade Crescendo 9 pm | $12 at Door

You can catch Patrick “The Man” Meig’s Mixtape show every Thursday from 7-8 pm. Expect the unexpected!



Luke’s picks:


Thursday, January 4 Holidae House, Bermuda Love Triangle, General Mojo’s at Holocene

Holidae House returns to the Holocene with Bermuda Love Triangle and Seattle’s General Mojo’s.

Holidae House just appeared on Portland Radio Project’s Sounds of PDX! Stay tuned for that interview, which also includes some of their music and the music of their influences.

Bermuda Love Triangle is West Coast indie rock with a heathy dose of Gen-X prom night.

General Mojo’s is a space elevator ride of psychedelic pop, reminiscent of the past with all courses set for the distant future.

Holidae House, Bermuda Love Triangle, General Mojo’s at Holocene
Holocene Portland
1001 SE Morrison St, Portland
Thurs, Jan 4th
Doors at 8/Show at 9 | $8 Buy Tickets


January 6 Shannon Entropy, Toothbone Duo, Paper Gates, and !mindparade at Turn! Turn! Turn!

A night of experimental music, neo-psych, and dream pop at Turn! Turn! Turn!

Toothbone – eclectic garage psych

Paper Gates – experimental instrumentals via looped bass clarinet and synths

!mindparade – neo-psychedelia / art rock

Shannon Entropy – mathy dream pop / alt rock

Shannon Entropy, Toothbone Duo, Paper Gates, and !mindparade at Turn! Turn! Turn!
Turn! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth St, Portland
Sat, Jan 6th
Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm | $5

Monday, January 8 Big Boi at Wonder Ballroom

Antwan André Patton, better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer, best known for being a member of American hip-hop duo Outkast alongside André 3000.

Big Boi at Wonder Ballroom
Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St, Portland
Mon, Jan 8th
9 pm | $99-$313 Buy Tickets


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 4-6 pm! Follow Sounds of PDX on Facebook



Inessa’s Picks:

Saturday, January 6 Good Friday Band at The Garages Music & Event Center

Good Friday Band: This local band is the next generation of superstars. Their high-energy, pop-dance music makes a great show! This is an all ages event. Food and beverages available. Special guest Timothy James Band is a good rockin’ time. Both bands will be available after the show for pictures and autographs.

Festival Seating, Free off-street parking, Food and adult beverages served.

Check out a new venue! The Garages Music & Event Center is located 1/2 mile east of HWY 217 just off Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway next to Bi-Mart in Beaverton.

Good Friday Band at The Garages Music & Event Center
The Garages Music & Event Center
4810 Western Avenue, Beaverton, Ore
Sat, Jan 6th
7 pm | $5 in advance, $10 at the Door Buy Tickets
21+ OR All Ages Event – the information online said both!


Saturday, January 6 Bowie’s Birthday ft. BowieVision & SOS at Doug Fir Lounge

Celebrate the life and music of David Bowie as The Portland Mercury presents Seattle’s BowieVision and special guests Portland’s SOS Band (tribute to The Police) at Doug Fir Lounge.

BowieVision has sold out Doug Fir four times in the last three years, so get your tickets now and help blow out the birthday candles for Mr. Bowie with classics ranging from “Space Oddity” to “Lazarus” and dozens more in between.

Out of a shared love of the incredible studio sound and otherworldly live performance of this band, Mitch W, Anthony M and Cory W come together to form S.O.S., A Tribute to the Police.

Bowie’s Birthday ft. BowieVision at Doug Fir Lounge
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St, Portland
Sat, Jan 6th
Doors at 8 pm / Show at 9 pm | $19 Buy Tickets


Monday, January 8 An Acoustic Night with Ty Curtis at Lake Theater & Cafe

Come join Ty Curtis, Jerry Jacques, and Tony Valdez for an intimate laid-back acoustic night filled with all original home grown blues. This show is sure to be a pleaser as it is rare to catch Ty with an acoustic guitar but his Austin made Collings will leave you wanting more. Jerry Jacques will be handling the rhythm with a Cojon adding a striped down rootsy vibe! Last but not least Mr Tony Valdez will be lending his smooth, solid Spector bass to the mix making this a show that can not be missed!!

The Music Monday series features top jazz, blues and roots artists from throughout the region. Originally built in 1940, the recently restored Lakeside Theater and Café is a state-of-the art concert facility, with a beautiful lakeside view and a full-service bar and restaurant.

An Acoustic Night with Ty Curtis at Lake Theater & Cafe
Lake Theater & Cafe
106 N State St, Lake Oswego, Ore
Mon, Jan 8th
7 pm – 9:30 pm | Ticket price $15 GA, VIP tables $80
Find Tickets (Tickets available online until 4 pm day of the show.)
All Ages Event!


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.

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