On this weeks cover:
Portland singer, songwriter, musician Laryssa Birdsye at Rye Room
Check out Lukes picks for details about her upcoming show at LaurelThirst
Photo courtesy of our friends and media partners at Vortex Music Mag
Saturday, May 26 James Hunter Six
James Hunter – bluesman, troubadour, sideman, writer, player, singer, busker, Grammy-nominated.
2016 MOJO magazine annointed him as the UK’s greatest soul singer. This man can inject and wring out everything in a song, backed by his loyal band of killer sideman. This is tight! This is smooth!
Touring on his latest release, James Hunter Six, “Whatever it Takes”. This is a ticket well worth the price.
On the “Ass-Shakin’ Meter”….a solid 9.5 out of 10!!!
Bob’s new show “The Muse Aquarium” airs on Mondays, 4-6 pm and is all about local and national female musicians.
Friday, May 25 Sarah Wild, Helvie, Run the Risk at Kelly’s Olympian
Superhero rock band Sarah Wild and the Watch returns to Portland for a night of rock music at Kelly’s Olympian with Helvie and Run the Risk. Check out a PDX Spotlight video of Sarah Wild and the Watch here.
Sarah Wild and the Watch
If Batman and Joan Jett had a lovechild in Gotham city, that kid would grow up to be Sarah Wild. In a world filled with corrupt power and malicious deceit, this ass-kicking siren would no doubt find herself fighting fire with fire in the streets and bringing justice for the forgotten to the powers that be. With her team, The Watch, she plots to use her own dark side to unearth the evil that lurks beneath the surface of the mundane, armed with superhuman vocals, doomsday-bringing bass distortion, and guitar riffs that shoot to kill.
Formed in 2014, Helvie is a 3-piece band based out of Portland, OR. A rock band with a background in all styles. Paul Anderson, a trained musician, works from a drummers perspective with the personality of a guitarist. A multi instrumentalist, he’s the backbone of the band. Randy Gerhart, the best bassist in Portland, is a rock. Whether writing, performing or arranging, he is the foundation of this group. Matt Helvie, the namesake and creative spark. Matt provides passion, emotion and drive. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to see this band be the best they can. He, Paul and Randy make for a new fun way to look at a genre that’s lost its path. Helvie is fun and energetic rock music with pop and jazz influences. Helvie is life, unaltered.
Run the Risk
Ever take a chance at life? Congrats, you’ve officially become a Risker! A Risker can be anything you want as long as you take chances and become the person you are destined to be! Run The Risk inspires others with their Alternative Rock sound and energetic performance. Basically, you just can’t get enough of these crazy kids! In fact, with their new released EP ‘Into The Black Wave,’ they take you on a journey facing the dark realm inside your mind. Take a listen and watch as we continue to overcome our fears, break our own barriers, and never stop taking chances!
Saturday, May 26 Laryssa Birdseye and The Breaking at Laurelthirst
2 of Portland’s finest acts, Laryssa Birdseye and The Breaking, are taking over the Laurelthirst for a night! The Breaking will kick things off at 9:30 pm followed by an extended full-band set from Laryssa Birdseye.
Saturday, May 26 Skull Diver, Sun Blood Stories, Sweeping Exits at Kelly’s Olympian
Sun Blood Stories (Boise)
Thursday, May 24 The Last Revel at Kennedy School
From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless.
The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances”, as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads.
Having released their third album Hazard & Fate in April of 2017, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.
SOLD OUT! Sunday, May 27 David Byrne, Benjamin Clementine at Keller Auditorium
What can be said? His work with both The Talking Heads and his solo project is always solid and great!
Monday, May 28 Robin Jackson, Josephine Antoinette at Alberta Street Pub
Award winning Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Robin Jackson, known for his wild, theatrical contributions to bands like Vagabond Opera and the March Fourth Marching Band, has brought a strong presence to the world of indie folk. Mr Jackson, often joined by his all-star six piece ensemble of NW musicians The Caravan, draws upon the moody spirit of his rain-soaked, Portland, Or. home to create an eclectic brew of dreamy folk-pop, cinematic indie rock and above all, enigmatic storytelling.
With a degree in ethnomusicology and an unflagging musical curiosity, Jackson has lived and busked around the world, from an intentional beach community in New Zealand to the streets of Europe. He is a master of a myriad of instruments, from saxophone, to mbira and has also performed or recorded with notable acts such as Gregory Allen Isakov, Emancipator, Devotchka, and Amanda Palmer. An impresario of community and collaboration, Jackson has built on his colorful, bohemian upbringing and dedicated himself to creating and supporting music around Portland, Or where he produces a popular nationally recognized music event, the Songwriter Soiree, and lives on an urban farm with his cat and a circus. He has two solo albums; Dust Diaries (2012) and his new release Dark Stars (2017), which was recorded in the legendary Type Foundry Studios in Portland.
Josephine Antoinette combines her love of soul, jazz, R&B and pop in her new trio. The 27-year-old Portland native has played keyboards and has sung in a handful of local bands, ranging from classical to rock groups.
She’s recently played with local blues singer LaRhonda Steele and with the NW Women in R&B, a group led by guitarist Sonny Hess.
With degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Oregon, Josephine’s curiosity about people and current events inspires her songwriting. She tackles big topics and tries to make them accessible through a soulful soundscape.
She’s joined by Samuel Eisen-Meyers on guitar and Kirk Kalbfleisch on drums.
Samuel is a songwriter and multi-media artist from Portland. His utmost love for music comes from performing with a variety of Northwest musicians and songwriters, as well as fronting his own band.
Kirk is a Portland-based freelance drummer from Las Vegas, NV. He attended the University of Portland, where he continued his studies in jazz drumming. Since graduating in 2015, Kirk has been an active member of Portland’s music scene, playing in several touring bands that include World’s Finest, Coco Colombia and Toothbone.
Jen says: Kirk Kalbfleisch is a righteous drummer and a super rad dude.
Robin Jackson, Josephine Antoinette at Alberta Street Pub
Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta Street, Portland
Mon, May 28th
9 pm | $5 TICKETS
Wednesday, May 30 Clem Snide – Home Show 97225 @ 7:00pm
“Clem Snide” is a character in several novels by William S. Burroughs, including Naked Lunch, The Ticket That Exploded and Exterminator!. The band Clem Snide was started by songwriter and singer Eef Barzelay, Jason Glasser, William J. Grabek Jr., and drummer Eric Paull in Boston in 1991. A few years later, with the addition of bassist Jeff “SweetBread” Marshall, the band made its first record, You Were a Diamond, with producer Adam Lasus. After building up a local following they attracted the attention of the Seymour Stein, who then signed them to the Sire label for whom they recorded Your Favorite Music in 1999.
A couple years later Clem Snide released their third album The Ghost of Fashion on indie stalwart SpinArt Records. The record received some mainstream attention due to the song “Moment in the Sun”, which was used as the theme song for the second season of the NBC program Ed.
After an ill-fated post-9/11 tour, the band began to unravel, but not before completing two more records: Soft Spot (2003) and End of Love (2005). After beginning work on another record, the strains of life in the music industry became too great and Clem Snide broke up. Barzelay went on to release two solo records, Bitter Honey and Lose Big.
In 2009, the band re-grouped and released their sixth record Hungry Bird on 429 Records. On February 23, 2010, Clem Snide released their seventh long-player, The Meat of Life, also on 429 Records.
The band’s music featured in the series Californication, when “Faithfully” was played during the end credits of “Waiting for a Miracle”, the fourth episode of season 5 (originally broadcast January 2012).
In February 2013, Clem Snide released a new track, “The Woods”, which was written for “Senses”, the second episode of the Professor Brian Cox-presented BBC science and nature show Wonders of Life.
“No One’s More Happy Than You” from The Ghost of Fashion was featured in the eleventh episode of season 7 of The Good Wife that aired on January 10, 2016.
In 2017, Clem Snide’s cover of “Beautiful” was used in the Netflix show “Love”, playing over the end credits of Season 2 Episode 4.
at a private residence, 97225
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Wed, May 30th
8 pm | $25 TICKETS — Ticket Price is a donation that goes to the artist
22 tickets available for this show at the time of publication, limit 4 per person
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