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September 5th, 2016


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32nd & E Burnside, 503-231-8926.


(Live Performance)
Thursday, September 8th at 7PM

Banjo pioneer, author and Americana composer, Dick Weissman, will return to the Northwest for a series of concerts in September to celebrate the release of his seventh CD titled Night Sky and the release of an autobiography titled The Music Never Stops. Weissman has written or co-written 22 books on music and the music business. Weissman, a Philadelphia native, spent much of his early career touring with seminal Folk Music trio, the Journeyman with John Phillips (Mamas and Papas) and Scott McKenzie (“If You’re Going to San Francisco.”)

Dick moved to New York and became a studio musician, record producer and songwriter. In 1972 he moved to Colorado, got a music degree, wrote instructional books for banjo and guitar. He co-authored the award-winning Folk Music Sourcebook and The Music Business: Career Opportunities & Self Defense. He taught in the Music & Entertainment Industry program at the University of Colorado at Denver and later taught at Portland Community College.

The new CD, on Longbridge Recordings, is a collection of instrumentals that feature Weissman on banjo and guitar, accompanied on many cuts by Portland multi-instrumentalist Mitch Iimori (clarinet, dulcimer, English horn and oboe.) Though based in traditional Americana music, there is a ‘Jazz attitude’ to improvise within his eclectic compositional structures. The result is unique and represents the broad taste of his interests from Tunisian to Appalachian to oddly orchestral. These shows weave stories from the book with Weissman’s instrumentals and songs.


(Live Performance)
Wednesday, September 14th at 6PM

Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her.

Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’ and debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.

Nikki Hill’s self-titled, independently released EP in June of 2012 created a heavy and sudden international underground buzz that the band has traveled with across America and overseas to Europe and Australia. Those four tunes penned by Hill, combined with memorable live performances, have drawn a wide range of people from every avenue and musical taste to their shows. Her enthusiasm for music is simply contagious. One club advertisement will call Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”.

If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’. You have been warned.


(Live Performance)
Friday, September 16th at 6:30PM

“This is a breakup album with myself...” says Sara Watkins of her third solo record, Young in All the Wrong Ways. Writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be. It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships and in some cases how I’ve considered myself. What these songs are documenting is the turmoil you feel when you know something has to change and you’re grappling with what that means. It means you’re losing something and moving forward into the unknown.”

That sense of possibility infuses the songs on Young in All the Wrong Ways with a fierce and flinty resolve, which makes this her most powerful and revealing album to date. In some ways it’s a vivid distillation of the omnivorous folk-pop-bluegrass-indie-everything-else Watkins made with Nickel Creek, yet she makes audacious jumps that push against expectations in unexpected ways. These songs contain some of the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar. But it’s also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted. In other words, bold in all the right ways.


(Live Performance)
Tuesday, September 20th at 6PM

Portland, Oregon based Michelle DeCourcy and the Rocktarts are living proof that honesty, passion and ambition prevail in Rock & Roll. Formed in 2013 as an alternative-rock cover band, the members quickly decided that composing and playing original music was more their passion. Putting pen to paper and being seduced by a certain sound, Michelle DeCourcy and the Rocktarts aligned their unwavering dedication and talent to their newly formed band. Armed with a do-it-yourself work ethic and deep love of the music, each member contributes to the band’s signature sound that is infused throughout their recently released debut album, ‘Broken Glass’. Prepare for hook-heavy melodies, hard driving beats and the solid rock walls of sound.

Sept 6th: 7pm Listening Party: Wilco - Schmilco
Sept 6th: 8pm Listening Party: Twin Peaks O.S.T.
Sept 9th: 7pm Listening Party: Jack White - Acoustic Recordings

Sept 23rd: Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats (signing only)
..and many more to come!

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shows around town...

Aladdin Theater: Sara Watkins, Foy Vance, Glass Animals, Proclaimers, John Mayall
Crystal Ballroom: Local Natives, Specials, Echo & The Bunnymen, Dinosaur Jr, The Faint
Doug Fir: The Dear Hunter, Legendary Pink Dots, Builders & The Butchers, White Fang
Mississippi Studios: Mascaras, Jah Wobble, Hazel, Rocky Votolato, Ryley Walker, PWR BTM
Revolution Hall: Lee "Scratch" Perry, Art Garfunkel, Squeeze, Taco Cat, Steve Vai
The Roseland: The Mavericks, Atmosphere, Garbage, Tegan & Sara, DFA1979
The Wonder Ballroom: Warpaint, Drive-By Truckers, Peaches, Okkervil River, Of Montreal










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