26 Things You’ll Never See In Portland Again

Portland is OK now, but it used to be way cooler. Here’s a list of 26 Things You’ll Never See In Portland Again.

Crater Lake: One of the Seven Wonders of Oregon

Portland vs. Austin: Who is Weirder [Infographic]‏

Both Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas pride themselves on being weird places to live. In fact, each city has adopted the slogan ‘Keep [city] Weird” begging the question, who is actually weirder? Each city will claim they take the crown, and no doubt there are some unusual things going on in both cities, but . . . → Read More: Portland vs. Austin: Who is Weirder [Infographic]‏

Portlandia – Social Bankruptcy

Oregon Native Hanneke Cassel Brings Hot Scottish Fiddle For Every Occasion

“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin . . . → Read More: Oregon Native Hanneke Cassel Brings Hot Scottish Fiddle For Every Occasion

Social Distortion Guitarist, Johnny Two Bags, Brings Solo Show to Wonder Ballroom

JONNY TWO BAGS, heretofore better known as Jonny Wickersham, guitarist for Social Distortion, will be appearing in PORTLAND, OR at WONDER BALLROOM on TUESDAY, APRIL 8th – opening for Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie. Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8:30pm. Tickets: $20.00 – $23.00.

In January 2014, Rolling Stone premiered the lead track from Two . . . → Read More: Social Distortion Guitarist, Johnny Two Bags, Brings Solo Show to Wonder Ballroom

JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO • Saturday, June 14 • PORTLAND, OR • Doug Fir Lounge

JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO will perform in a solo acoustic show, Saturday, June 14 in our beloved PORTLAND, Oregon at the mighty Doug Fir Lounge.

Doors/Show/Onstage: 8:00pm/9:00pm/10:00pm – Tickets: $20.00-$22.00

www.dougfirlounge.com/‎

Johnette did a one-off solo show in New York a couple of months ago, then one in LA, and another packed one in . . . → Read More: JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO • Saturday, June 14 • PORTLAND, OR • Doug Fir Lounge

The Crying Man

On the first of the year a 75-year-old man cried in my cab when we pulled up to his favorite liquor store and he discovered it closed for the New Year’s holiday. I had picked him up from a house, but the urine stank of the homeless clung to him like ragged fatigues. His . . . → Read More: The Crying Man

Thomas Dolby To Visit Portland, Seattle With Invisible Lighthouse Tour, by Steve Stav

A bright beam swept the night skies of Britain’s East Anglia for decades, looming large in genius-musician Thomas Dolby’s memories of childhood. It was doomed to darken, it’s supporting tower about to literally crumble into a sea that will eventually claim Dolby’s ancestral land, as well.

This poignant aspect of Dolby’s homecoming — after . . . → Read More: Thomas Dolby To Visit Portland, Seattle With Invisible Lighthouse Tour, by Steve Stav

Bigfoot Sighted Near Bend, Oregon – Video Provides Definitive Proof!

In the beginning, this video of an alleged Bigfoot sighting in Oregon’s Christmas Valley looks like outtakes from the old Bonanza program. Little Joe rode through terrain like this every week on his way to getting beaten up in Virginia City. Then Hoss would ride through the same terrain on his way to save . . . → Read More: Bigfoot Sighted Near Bend, Oregon – Video Provides Definitive Proof!

“It Was Weird, But Not Too Weird for Portland” – Sara Jackson-Holman Debuts “For Albert” Video, By Steve Stav

Classically trained pianist. Introspective singer-songwriter. Soul-pop tour de force.

And now, mermaid.

Portland’s Sara Jackson-Holman keeps revealing more facets as she introduces her latest album, Cardiology, to the world. Playing a fin-footed Siren in the new video for her single, “For Albert,” wasn’t an exercise in revelation, however; the supremely photogenic singer says . . . → Read More: “It Was Weird, But Not Too Weird for Portland” – Sara Jackson-Holman Debuts “For Albert” Video, By Steve Stav

Big Ass Boombox – A Loud Pop Festival is Coming to Portland, Oregon, 1/11 and 1/12/2013

BIG ASS BOOMBOX is a loud pop festival consisting of at least forty bands and fifteen writers performing in four venues over two days. This event is free and will take place in PORTLAND, OREGON on Jan 11 and 12, 2013. (This is after the end of the Mayan calendar, so no guarantees.)

more . . . → Read More: Big Ass Boombox – A Loud Pop Festival is Coming to Portland, Oregon, 1/11 and 1/12/2013

Portland’s Own Glassbones – There’s Still Time Left

Here’s another band that I met while driving around Portland, Glassbones. Or at least I met the singer-guitarist, Colin, who is truly a nice fellow. He mentioned he’s a cook by trade. (He’s hot, he plays in a band AND he cooks, ladies. For what more could you possibly ask…) They released an excellent . . . → Read More: Portland’s Own Glassbones – There’s Still Time Left

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Major

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour released their sophomore album in January to praise from NPR and the New Yorker to Rolling Stone and SPIN. Known for their contagious energy and catchy pop hooks, they’ve had songs featured in an iPod commercial, a global Heineken campaign, and on a handful of hit TV shows.

Go here . . . → Read More: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Major

The Strange Tones to Perform 12/8 at the Hollywood Theater

A few weeks ago, I was driving around Portland and met a very nice fellow, Andy Strange, bass player for Portland’s crime-a-billy band, The Strange Tones. They play a fun mix of Americana, blues and surf. Last year they put out a fine Christmas album which never got the publicity push it needed because . . . → Read More: The Strange Tones to Perform 12/8 at the Hollywood Theater

THIS AIN’T YO MAMA’S CRAFT SHOW – Portland crafters get ready to square off at SCRAP’s Rebel Craft Rumble, October 18

PORTLAND, Ore. – Mash-up the Mad Max upcycling aesthetic with the gruelingly hilarious face-off of “Iron Chef,” add some of that quirky “Portlandia” flair, and you’ve got SCRAP’s annual Rebel Craft Rumble.

Contestants will compete in front of a live audience to earn the title of Portland’s Craft Master at Rebel Craft Rumble on . . . → Read More: THIS AIN’T YO MAMA’S CRAFT SHOW – Portland crafters get ready to square off at SCRAP’s Rebel Craft Rumble, October 18

Midday Veil at Portland’s East End 11/1 – Complete West Coast Tour Schedule – New Video, “Choreia”

Here’s an excellent graphic with Midday Veil’s West Coast Tour Schedule. Below are the three official videos and an improvisational session from Soundcloud. Enjoy. More information is available at www.MiddayVeil.com

Here’s their brand new video, “Choreia”:

Here, from Soundcloud.com, are some improvised recordings made inside the INTEGRATRON, an acoustically perfect wooden dome . . . → Read More: Midday Veil at Portland’s East End 11/1 – Complete West Coast Tour Schedule – New Video, “Choreia”

Jesse Sykes at Portland’s Alberta Rose Theater, 11/9

The latest from Jesse Sykes:

“We are so excited to be playing (as a FULL band!) in Seattle at our old stomping grounds, The Tractor Tavern, on Thursday, Nov. 8th!! Joining us are the amazing Rose Windows – only 10 bucks!

Also, we will be in “Big Sur” on Sat. Oct 27th (duo . . . → Read More: Jesse Sykes at Portland’s Alberta Rose Theater, 11/9

The Shook Twins – Rose

Portland’s own Shook Twins will perform live at Pdx’s Mission Theater on Friday, September 21, at 8 pm w/special guest Luz Mendoza of Y La Bamba before heading off on a tour of California and Arizona. These quirky, mirrored, folk divas are getting much positive press here in Portland, perhaps even such that . . . → Read More: The Shook Twins – Rose

Steve Forbert Comes to Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre November 2, Releases New Album, Over With You

STEVE FORBERT Friday, November 2 • PORTLAND, OR • Alberta Rose Theatre Showtime: 8 p.m.; Tickets: $20  www.albertarosetheatre.com    • • •

GRAMMY NOMINEE STEVE FORBERT RETURNS, STAKES HIS CLAIM AS A GREAT AMERICAN SONGWRITER  New studio album Over With You, just out September 11, focuses on matters of the heart

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Over With . . . → Read More: Steve Forbert Comes to Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre November 2, Releases New Album, Over With You