Antibalas Star Theater Thursday, March 31st 2022

A completely empty venue with only minutes before the opening act took the stage.

Another show I almost missed because I didn’t hear about it till two weeks before the event. Only because I was looking at the True Loves touring page and saw a show in Portland that I knew Antibalas was playing at Star Theater. In fact I was a lot shocked that Antibalas was touring again. Last thing I read was they where breaking up. I think what happened was the lead singer moved on to do different things while the core band stuck around. If they did officially break up the rest of the band couldn’t stay away for long and eventually started jamming and creating new music. With all the new music they created a tour was in order and I agree.

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Al Di Meola Aladdin Theater Tuesday, March 22nd 2022

Just Al and two others joined him on stage. Very intimate evening with lots of story telling from Al about his musical career.

I was coming off a really shitty week of work and was looking forward to getting out of my apartment to see a concert. First time seeing Al Di Meola for his visit to Portland at Aladdin Theater which like most places is near my apartment. No indication there was an opening act but I figured it would be a good idea to show up early. My thought was Al would be punctual with the start time and he was. Unlike the last time I made it without getting caught by a train.

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Coyote Wall March 2022

Spring is in the air. Trees are starting to bud and flowers are blooming. The air is sweet with pollen. Unless you have allergies in which case it smells like asshole. Sunday was going to be a good day to be outside. Based on a recommendation from Tracy I went out to the Columbia River Gorge to do a hike to see some flowers. The skies where clear for the most part and there wasn’t any fog unlike the last time I was here for a hike back in January.

#4426 Old Ranch Road #4428 Coyote Wall
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The Soul Rebels Stage 722 Friday, February 25th 2022

There is something very specific about this venue and the Portland Jazz Festival. I have only been here to see festival shows. Last time it was Antibalas and the True Loves opened which was really fun. Tonight it was The Soul Rebels bringing New Orleans to Portland.

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Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group Jack London Revue Thursday, February 24th 2022

Night two of the PDX jazz festival. This time I was seeing a classic jazz quintet at the Jack London Revue. I’ve seen Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group numerous times in the recent past since I got to Portland. He is quite the celeb in the jazz world around here. In fact before the world went to shit with covid he had a regular Thursday night gig at the Jack London Revue. Since covid his regular gig stopped and he’s played only occasionally. Tonight was one of those rare occasions of him playing and to a sold out crowd.

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