Goose Pioneer Courthouse Square Thursday, August 25th 2022

I first saw Goose during the pandemic and their couch tour from home. It was pretty good stuff with some really nice jams. Fast forward a few years and they are on the road and making a swing out west for what might be their first time. They played Portland before heading to Thing festival in Port Townsend, WA. Almost sold out crowd. Weather turned out great all night. Two sets of some energetic and jammy music.

Kamasi Washington Crystal Ballroom Saturday, July 30th 2022

It was a hot and muggy night at the Crystal Ballroom. Kamasi was on fire and added to the heat all night. A solid two hour show from his big band. I really feel like they are messing very well. The jams all night where tight. I would like to call out the bassist in particular. That guy was amazing. Good performance from start to finish.

Waterfront Blues Festival 2022

The Waterfront Blues Festival was back to Tom McCall Waterfront Park for 2022 over the July 4th weekend. This year worked out to be Friday to Monday which was awesome. Didn’t do the entire weekend only Saturday with the headliner The Wood Brothers. A perfect weather weekend with some great acts on Saturday. Just a wonderful day to be outside enjoying some music.

The Toasters Dante’s Friday, June 17th 2022

Almost 25 years since I last saw The Toasters. Way back in 1998 at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC for $10. Saw Thursday they where playing in Portland and with no plans Friday night I was in. They didn’t disappoint. They are older, we all are, but it was still a great show. New stuff and many old songs I remember from the first time I saw them. The opening acts where both really good too. Never been to Dante’s before this. It is a dive bar but it has tons of character instead of being polished and refined.

Opacity of Performance

Thursday was the first day of this special exhibit. It occupies one of the main rooms upstairs in the European section. I noticed the curtains the last time I was visiting. Its a 5 hour dance performance that rotates between 9 performers. It was really cool to watch. I was able to see the full rotation while I was there.