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Week Long Will West Artist Residency at Al’s Den
Have you been to the best Den in Portland yet? Downstairs at The Crystal Hotel is this cool little venue that has week long music residencies, great cider, the best truffle fries, and ambience. Since Sunday, Will West and The Friendly Strangers have been delivering the music that makes your heart smile along with an impressive roster of guests. Wednesday through Saturday features Brē Paletta & Santi Elijah Holley, WORTH & Groovy Wallpaper, Kathryn Claire Music, and Laura Danielle Ivancie.
Pick by Teri Briggs
Friday, June 15 Ty Curtis Band at Spare Room
The Portland summer weather always makes my long for hot jazz and cool blues, maybe in anticipation of the Waterfront Blues Festival, or maybe just in celebration of these lazy golden days. Be it to whet your appetite for the coming season of music, or just because you need some funky rock ‘n’ roll mojo in your life, come join me in watching Ty Curtis Band” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Ty Curtis at the Spare Room, Friday, June 15th. It’s a great place to shake your tail in an unpretentious bar environment, with the show kicking off at 7 p.m., and a cover of just 7 bucks. Ty Curtis is the man to see when it comes to getting down with bluesy guitar riffs that straddle the line of genre classic and gritty, and it’d be a shame to miss his act.
Jen’s note: this cleverly named venue used to be a bowling alley…
Friday Pick by Nastacia.
Sunday, June 17 GoGo Penguin, Korgy & Bass at Revolution Hall
Manchester-based leftfield piano trio GoGo Penguin are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Their music has been described as acoustic-electronica but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalism, game soundtracks and glitchy-electronica to create their unique music. Their album v2.0 (Gondwana Records) was named a Mercury Prize Album of the Year in 2014 alongside albums from Damon Albarn, Young Fathers and Jungle. In 2015 they signed a three album deal with Blue Note Records (France) and released the debut Blue Note album Man Made Object in 2016. More recently they have been touring their own unique score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi. Their new album, A Humdrum Star will be released on February 9, 2018.
Sunday pick by Jen Em.
Tuesday, June 19 Reptaliens, Okey Dokey, Shy Boys, Minden at Mississippi Studios
“Reptaliens quickly evolved from a conceptual collage of ideas into the bedroom recording project for the duo, captured with analog synthesizers, electric guitars, and melodic bass lines, and tape delayed vocals telling stories of science fiction, obsession, and transhumanism. As long time, active participants in the Portland music scene, Bambi and Cole call on a number of talented musicians to guest on songs throughout the entirety of Reptaliens’ recordings and live performances. The band embraces the captivity of their audience with their sincere and theatrical performances.”
Jen’s note: Bambi is cool. I also way dig Minden, they could stand on their own.
Tuesday, June 19 Brown Calculus, Bryson Cone, Jean Nada at Doug Fir Lounge
Experimental post-soul and psychedelic art-pop from PDX!
June 19 Brown Calculus, Bryson Cone, Jean Nada at Doug Fir Lounge
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St, Portland
Tuesday, June 19 at
9 pm | $10 TICKETS
Tuesday picks by Jen Em.
Wednesday, June 13 Left Coast Country at Laurelthirst Public House
Left Coast Country is a modern string band formed in 2010 from the exploding newgrass scene in Portland, OR. Their debut, Dark Down and Blue features the group’s high-energy, hard-driving originals and their contemporary take on the old bluegrass sound. In July 2014, Left Coast Country took home first place in the 13th Annual Northwest String Summit Band Competition, being the first ever Portland bluegrass band to do so. Their stage performance showcases the group’s synchronous harmonies, beautiful melodies, and intense intricate instrumentation. Left Coast Country’s live shows are the fusion of traditional and progressive; composed of fiery heartfelt foot stompers, rolling country ballads, and powerful instrumental soundscapes.
Wednesday Pick by Jamie Drakos.
Teri Briggs: You can follow Teri’s work with the PRP street team on her Facebook page, Teri’s Tunes PDX.
Nastacia V: Monday mornings 7 am-10 am you can find Nastacia behind the mic at PRP, getting your 9-5 work week starting with some blood pumping, happy jams and a healhty sampling of local artists!
Jen Em: You can catch Jen Em sharing fresh Indie music every Tuesday and Friday! Indie Tuesday Tracks 10 am – Noon and Fresh Spins with Jen Em Fridays 10 am – noon, on PRP.
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Jamie Drakos: Start feeling the sawdust beneath your feet and catch the neon glow through a smoke-filled pool hall with Jamie’s NW Honky Tonk every Monday night at 7 pm.
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