FRIDAY Night on the Town
Break out the sunglasses and the tank tops! It’s looking like summer, while extremely tardy, has finally arrived! Thank goodness!
Last Saturday I wrote about seeing Portland’s Tony Furtado in Cottage Grove. I was all psyched to see him actually given the caliber of this talented musician. Fortunately for Tony, earlier in the day he received a phone call to open for Charlie Daniels in Medford at The Britt Pavillion at 7pm. Hmmm… I’m thinking, he’s opening for a national act, it was better money, a larger crowd than the Axe & Fiddle all which makes perfect sense. Unless you’re sitting at the Axe & Fiddle wondering why there is no music! Thankfully, Tony did put a post on his Facebook page alerting his tried and true followers. I feel sorry for the Facebook-less people in the world.
Kicking off this long weekend is music, sunshine and lots of drink specials which all seem to start early for some reason?
Getting started at 11am today was Doc’s with their Long Islands specials of $4.00! Happy 4th of July! But if you can’t get started that early, waiting till the “magic bewitching hour” of 4pm will prove fruitful. If you’re out Highway 99 way, The Blind Pig has $3.25 wells, $2 Domestics and Micros at $3. While the gang at Goodtimes is touting $4 Vodka & Redbulls with $2 Coronas.
Getting a bit ‘cause‘ driven here, kicking off tonight’s events we’ll start at Cozmic Pizza where the Mythrill Benefit Concert for UCCEF (Uganda Children of Conflict Education Fund) is happening. This event provides funds for former child soldiers who have been rescued or escaped captivity. Per Wikkapedia, the word Mythrill is described as a fictional silvery metal stronger than steel but much lighter in weight. This band is a reincarnation of the now disbanded band, Mithrandir, with Kathy Burleson, Jamie Smith and Kriss Crowley playing saxophone, flute, mandolins, guitars and violins. Per Burleson, their music is “island rock, a cross between Latin and Soul.” On drums is Evan Belize who is well known in the reggae world as “a hell of a drummer.” In the band Mythrill a new ‘silver’ is born. With a suggested donation of $5- $10, this show starts at 7:30pm.
Heading over to Territorial Wine, Concrete Loveseat is performing. The soft, yet vigorous voice of Cynthia Heywood (who sings through a Sure Model 55HS microphone, think Elvis microphone here) effortless frosts this bands unique instrumentation, which includes a flute AND a tenor saxophone! Rendering such standards as “Moondance” and “All of Me” this band puts their own unique stamp on all of their songs. Besides Cynthia’s voice is intoxicating all by itself!
While we all know Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Dutchesses) are playing at the SHEDD tonight, I’m choosing to to see something a bit eclectic yet just as entertaining. Stepping out of my normal comfort zone here, I’m going to make sure I’m over at Sam Bond’s Garage to witness Portland’s own Strangled Darlings. Promoting their February operetta-like release “The Devil in Outerspace” which ponders the many answers to the question ‘What would happen if God commandeered the Devil’s spaceship” is aptly answered in very memorable and unique riffs throughout each track. Songs such as “Drowning” is an eerie mixture of the vocal acrobatics of lead singer George Veech blanketed in cellos and strings and the moans of saw blades. Also on tonight’s bill are Aeon Now! and Dinosaur Feathers. While I realize Mr. Earle will put on a killer show, I can’t wait to see the Strangled Darlings hauntingly unique and memorable show. I’m so exited!
Geeze! With this much nice weather, I best get out in it and enjoy it. I will see you out there and be back tomorrow on things to see & hear O U T S I D E while soaking up the sun!