Saturday Night in Front of the Jupiter Hotel

As every Portland cab driver knows, Stumptown is an awesome town with music on every street corner. Homeless men will stumble upon a decorative outdoor piano like this one and burst into song. Or attempt to play something like a song. This photo was taken saturday night on Burnside.

“Needless to say these . . . → Read More: Saturday Night in Front of the Jupiter Hotel

Things to See in Rip City Other Than Basketball, by Chuck Strom

Portland has many attractions to offer visitors who don’t happen to have Blazers tickets. I had parts of two days on my recent trip to take a small sample:

Ramona Statue

Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

Anyone who has had kids in the last half century, or maybe is still just a big kid, might . . . → Read More: Things to See in Rip City Other Than Basketball, by Chuck Strom

The Golden State Warriors Bring Their “A” Game To Rip City, by Chuck Strom

Steph Curry at pregame warmup

Recently, the Portland Trail Blazers graciously issued me a media pass for their game against the Golden State Warriors. It is the greatest benefit I have received for what is essentially a writing hobby, and if I never receive any other compensation, it will all have been worth it . . . → Read More: The Golden State Warriors Bring Their “A” Game To Rip City, by Chuck Strom

Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

Bob’s Burgers is my favorite show of all time. Every night except Sunday I forego whatever’s on now in order to re-watch and re-enjoy the utterly perfect first season of Bob’s Burgers. On Sundays I patiently wait for whatever new episode of Bob’s Burgers awaits me. Sleater-Kinney is one of the most stupendous . . . → Read More: Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

Ultra Van Krome – Boogawolf, Pleased to Meet You

Ultra Van Krome kicks it with his road dog

Portland’s own Ultra Van Krome has just released a fantastic new album called Cyber Funkist and below are two choice cuts from that very same work. The album has eight songs and they’re all spectacular, definitely worth purchasing, if you can find it anywhere.

Ultra . . . → Read More: Ultra Van Krome – Boogawolf, Pleased to Meet You

Awesome Portland Night Skyline With Fog

Dengue Fever – No Sudden Moves: Band to Perform at Doug Fir on Feb. 11

The video above is for “No Sudden Moves,” a track off Dengue Fever’s first new album in four years, The Deepest Lake.

The band has numerous Northwest shows coming up. The most important of these is here in Portland at the Doug Fir on 2/11. They will also be appearing at WOW . . . → Read More: Dengue Fever – No Sudden Moves: Band to Perform at Doug Fir on Feb. 11

Sunrise Hostel Portland – Spoof, T-Shirt Scam or Proposed Artist Colony? You Decide

This is precious. The email below rolled in to East Portland Blog this morning purporting to be real, but it must be a spoof or a Portlandia skit. The group’s video is above. This is too Portland even for Portland. To outward appearances, this is a crowd source funding campaign for a proposed . . . → Read More: Sunrise Hostel Portland – Spoof, T-Shirt Scam or Proposed Artist Colony? You Decide

Sara Jackson-Holman’s “River Queen” Era Continues With U.S. Tour, Videos, by Steve Stav

She’s demonstrated her Siren’s call on two forays into Europe in recent years, but Portland chanteuse Sara Jackson-Holman has never toured the USA.

Until now, that is.

A six week jaunt of the west and midwest begins Nov. 28 in Bellingham, Wash. She’s supporting both Portland’-based band Horse Feathers and her summer-released . . . → Read More: Sara Jackson-Holman’s “River Queen” Era Continues With U.S. Tour, Videos, by Steve Stav

Rimkus DOODLE #1 – Seattle Hipness Gap

From the Desk of: Knute Rimkus

Unicycling Darth Vader Upgrades to Flaming Bagpipes, by Randy Rendfeld

How can you not feel optimistic? In a world where unicycle-riding kilt-wearing Darth Vaders can belch flames from their bagpipes, there’s just no room for cynicism.

– Randy Rendfeld

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