Inessa’s picks:


Robert Wynia, Chris Tsefalas, play Star Theater Thursday night! Robert was part of very successful local power trio Floater, and that is when I first met him. He’s doing solo things now, but many recall Floater days. Robert’s back in action!

Robert Wynia, Chris Tsefalas @ Star Theater Portland
13 NW 6th Avenue, Portland
Thursday, April 13th
$10 | 9 p.m.

Inessa is the PRP Music Director and Creative Services and is responsible for many great blog posts, interviews and Drop-In Sessions.

Jen Em’s picks:

Moorea Masa and Arietta Ward are among those performing as part of Lady Sings the Blues at Alberta Rose Theater Saturday night.

“This event brings together musicians of many genres to pay tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers and songwriters of our time.” Billie Holiday was and is admired all over the world for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing. Proceeds from this event benefit the 2017 Siren Nation Festival.

11th Annual Lady Sings the Blues @ Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland
Saturday, April 15th
9 p.m. | $15
Minors ok with guardian!


photo credits: John Askew

Laura Gibson understands loss. Her website describes a series of unexpected occurrences culminating in an horrific gas explosion which not only killed two other residents, but also claimed her home in the East Village, her identification, musical instruments, and years of notebooks. It’s no surprise that her fourth l.p., Empire Builder, stands as her most personal record to date. Equally raw and focused, Empire Builder captures a life blown open, an individual mid-transformation. She’ll be playing a special solo show to celebrate the release of the seven-inch, Saturday, April 15th at Mississippi Studios, and will be joined by “the incredible harmonizing songstresses Lenore (who have a debut record in the works.)” Lenore is a new collaboration between vocalists and songwriters Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller.

Laura Gibson, Lenore @ Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Saturday, April 15th
9 p.m. | $16-18

You can catch Fresh Spins with Jen Em every Friday, 10 am – noon on PRP.

Luke’s picks:

Recent Sounds of PDX guests and outstanding Portland Indie band SantiamSantiam hit the Laurelthirst on Friday. Santiam stands in the space carved out by The Head and the Heart and Edward Sharpe, showcasing danceable pop melodies with folk-inspired lyricism and indie-rock rhythm. They’ll be appearing with Tumbledown, a band who plays gritty and soulful folk rock with a Portland flavor.
BONUS: New Santiam music video!

Santiam, Tumbledown @ Laurelthirst Public House
2958 NE Glisan Street, Portland
Friday, April 15th
9 pm | $5

On Saturday and Sold Out
Ramble On [Led Zeppelin] and Sounds of PDX guests pseudoboss play Doug Fir.
BONUS! Check out their episode of PDX Spotlight on Youtube!

Ramble On, pseudoboss @ Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside Street, Portland
Saturday, April 15th
9 pm | $15

Luke is the voice of Sounds of PDX on PRP. Catch his show every Tuesday night from 7-9 pm!

Jason’s picks:

An art show at Smokin Js Vancouver will include musical guest Meat Creature. Featured Artists: 2Front, KristaDaggerMouth, & Dimitri Cendelaria. Free Food, Live Music, Open Mic, and Local Art … What more could you ask for on a Friday evening?

Meat Creature @ Smokin Js Vancouver
6307 NE 117th Avenue #B, Vancouver WA

A big “welcome!” to Jason Cyders, who is a new volunteer with PRP.

Teri’s picks:

Portland Playlist guests and awesome rock band, Mexican Gunfight, takes influences of blues, grit, country, lyricism, the soulfulness of gospel, even tinges of Latin and jazz to keep you on the dance floor.

Mexican Gunfight at Kennedy School,
5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland
Thursday, April 13th
7-9 pm | Free
(probably all-ages)

Rock ‘n Read, an all-ages event
Drummer, educator, public speaker, and author, Mark Powers, will be reading from his first children’s book, “I Want to Be a Drummer” and will perform along with Mo Phillips at Ford Food and Drink, 5:30-7:30. A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will benefit local non-profit, First Book Portland, an organization that provides new books to local children in need.
Rock ‘n Read @ Ford Food and Drink
2505 SE 11th Avenue, Portland
Friday, April 14th
5:30 pm | free
When We Met CD release with The Variants and Hannah Yeun
When We Met is an alt-rock duo who are proud to be releasing their new CD, “Where Did They Come From” at Kelly’s Olympian. When We Met appeared on The Portland Playlist as well.
426 SW Washington St., Portland
9 pm | $5
Redray Frazier delivers those soulful tunes that will make you want to grab someone and dance. He will be one of the featured performers at TEDx Portland earlier in the day before his happy hour show at Laurelthirst Public House.
Redray Frazier @ Laurelthirst Public
2958 NE Glisan Street, Portland
Saturday, April 15th
6-8 pm | free
The Druthers and Pretty Gritty – This double bill is a guaranteed good time and the Doug Fir stage is the perfect arena for them. The music will make you feel every emotion and get you movin on the dance floor. The Druthers were also guests on The Portland Playlist.
830 E. Burnside Street, Portland
9 pm | $7 adv, $10 door
You can follow Teri’s work with the PRP street team on her Facebook page, Teri’s Tunes PDX.
Nastacia’s pick:
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There’s nothing quite like Roselit Bone, a band that shamelessly embraces its signature 70’s spaghetti western psychedelia sound. For all that they borrow from history, the band’s unrelenting flair and style is true to Portland’s love of playacting. Check them out at Rontoms, playing with Weezy Ford, which means you may get to see a little tap dancing with this set.
600 E Burnside Street, Portland
Sunday, April 16
9 pm | free
You can catch Nastacia on the air every Monday and Wednesday during your morning commute, 7 a.m.-10 a.m. on PRP.
Veronica’s pick:
The Damned….their first gig was opening for the Sex Pistols….enough said, right? The Damned plays Crystal Ballroom Friday night.
The Damned @ Crystal Ballroom
1332 West Burnside Street, Portland
Friday, April 14th
9 pm | $23 advance, $25 day of show
You can catch Veronica‘s show “subculture” every Wednesday night from 7 – 8 pm.
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