The day could be here - our KGW forecast team says it's gonna feel like Spring and you know what that means.
It's a good thing, because I have to start on a sad note this week - local bass player Steve Casmano passed away from cancer Wednesday. Steve's been rocking the scene for many years, you may have seen him laying it down with killer bands like Sado Nation and The Flapjacks. He will be missed by many.
For Thursday's VD happenings - lovers and loners welcome:
Virginia Cafe has the lipstick contest (I won in 2000)
At Holman's, comedy night (28 and Burnside)
Slabtown has a cupcake eating contest and karaoke
See the KGW Holiday page for more
For the weekend scene:
PDX Jazz fest is in the house if you're looking for something way out, cats - and Friday night starts out HOT with legendary plastic sax man ORNETTE COLEMAN at the Schnitz. Ornette's style was revolutionary to jazz when he started developing his own sound, some bandmates used to beat him up and take his horns cause he'd play against the melody. Now known as one of the innovators of so-called Free Jazz.
And all weekend the yout's will be filling Pioneer Courthouse Square with their fresh school sounds of jazz for the fest. Will likely be PERFECT to enjoy the 60 degree temps. (Remember, you can't smoke and clean up after the dog.)
If jazz ain't your bag daddy-O, bring the earplugs to see BLUE CHEER at Dante's. OK, so it's not exactly all, alright, well it's NONE of the original members. But they were louder then the WHO, so I'm willing to bet it will still be VERY heavy and rocking.
(For the unfamiliar, their biggest hit was the cover of Summertime Blues that peaked at #14. the WHO covered it later)
**Insert music trivia segueway here**
At the Lowbrow Lounge in the Pearl -- it's the MOTHER OF ALL ROCK TRIVIA battles, hosted by the beer man Mark, I'm told. (Pack an extra brain along with a kidney, this reporter's team of nerds will be competing.)
There's also a JOHNNY CASH tribute night at the ASH St. Saloon featuring local rowdy Joshua James (who owns one of the man in black's black shirts, I kid you not) and his RUNAWAY TRAINS.
OOH OOH - hey LOVERS and expecially LONERS - Saturday, is the 3rd annual Anti-Valentines Day party put on by The Heartless Heathers Portland roller derby team.
It's at 9 p.m. 226 SE Madison - beer by Rogue brewery, food, bar, games, beer pong, famous wheel of mis-fortune and spanking booth. (A fundraiser for the team)
Saturday night the hoedown moves to the World Famous Kenton Club for Podunk - bluegrass without all the traditions, they've made new ones. Headlining is the Ain't Rights - who turn into the Git Rights as Sunday morning shines on for the GOSPEL BRUNCH. Salvation and soul fillin pickins in No. Denver St.and Willis, Sunday noon.
In it's run through February is the PIFF - Portland Int'l Film Fest- playing at finer theaters all over the Rose City. Tickets available in lobby of the Portland Art Museum or call (503) 288-PIFF.
That's a lot going on for a traditionally slow time of year gang - let's hope the sun will peek out a bit on us. Have some fun!