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6:00 pm $Ticketmaster cover
The Lao Tizer Band
March 5 @ 6:00 pm
With more than five years since their last release, The Lao Tizer Band has taken the time to grow in every aspect. An updated larger band is exploring some new methods on their upcoming CD/DVD combo, Songs From The Swinghouse: recorded live in just three days at Conway Studios in Hollywood, the band explores three cover tunes with vocalist, a first for the group, alongside original instrumental tracks, bringing them to new heights of excellence and exuberance.
Featuring a thoughtful and at times surprising choice of tracks, while adding to an already stellar lineup of players with the addition of a seasoned vocalist, this is an album that has set a new path for the band and its dedicated fans. Songs From The Swinghouse features eight blistering original instrumentals and three iconic classic rock songs with reimagined arrangements. “We’ve never done anything with a vocalist and we’ve never done any cover songs, so this is the first time that I decided to delve into that realm, to basically expand the scope of our music,” says Tizer. Critically acclaimed music-film director, Andy LaViolette (Snarky Puppy, Bokante, David Crosby, etc), documented the entire session in a simultaneous, 8-camera HD video shoot for the included DVD.
From the 2007 album Diversify, which showcased the multi-faceted richly textured musicality of an already celebrated career, to 2009’s Passages in which the keyboardist and composer focused on a minimalist expression of his musical journey in a virtually solo piano recording with the barest of accompaniment, and then back to a pulsating full band on the 2012 release Downbeat, this ensemble of world-renowned musicians has taken Tizer’s vision to a new level on the latest album. The jazz and world-fusion group now adds rock to its repertoire with a sizzling new collection of eleven songs.
Hailing from Boulder, CO, with a career that now spans nine albums over nearly a quarter of a century — he was a teenage prodigy — Tizer is the son of hippies with a Russian-Jewish background, and the mix of that ethnic family heritage, parental new age influence and growing up with the sights and sounds of ’80s and ’90s pop culture (alongside the music of the ’60s and ’70s he heard from his parents) have brought him to a place in his artistic life where he was ready to embrace a wider range of influences and stretch himself and his players to pull off such an ambitious project.
one all my life.”
6:00 pm Smooth Jazz $www.ticketmaster.com cover
March 12 @ 6:00 pm
THREE SINGLES TOP 5 ON US BILLBOARD – OREGON MUSIC HALL OF FAME – INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD BY CITY OF PORTLAND – GINO VANNELLI, SMOKEY ROBINSON, DIANE SCHUUR, BOBBY CALDWELL, ESPERANZA SPALDING, ROBBY KRIEGER, JEFF LORBER FUSION, ALICE COOPER, RICHIE SAMBORA, ORIANTHI, OREGON SYMPHONY
6:00 pm $5 cover
March 14 @ 6:00 pm
7:00 pm $Ticketmaster cover
March 16 @ 7:00 pm
Groundbreaking young blues visionary Selwyn Birchwood will release his highly anticipated third Alligator album,
Living In A Burning House, on Friday, January 29, 2021. The rising guitar and lap steel player calls his original music “electric swamp funkin’ blues,” defined by raw and soulful musicianship played with fire-and-brimstone fervor. His gritty, unvarnished vocals draw his audience deep inside his unforgettable tales of love, passion, pain and pleasure. No other band on the current blues scene is built quite like Birchwood’s. In addition to Selwyn’s electrifying guitar and lap steel playing, the other featured instrument is Regi Oliver’s driving baritone sax. The group is rounded out by bass, drums and, for the first time, keyboards.
Wanting to capture the power of the now larger band, Birchwood wrote and arranged 13 new songs, and brought in famed Grammy Award-winning musician Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Susan Tedeschi) to produce. From the rocking opener I’d Climb Mountains to the sweet soul of She’s A Dime and One More Time to the hair-raising Revelation, Living In A Burning House features some of the most vividly striking writing on today’s blues scene. Birchwood’s voice and vision are clear, his sound is edgy and compelling, and his stories are memorable and lasting.
According to Birchwood, “I tell my stories in my own way, with my own voice. You won’t ever hear me on stage telling someone else’s story. Muddy Waters, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker all told their own stories. That’s what I’m doing.”
Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Rave reviews ran in publications from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal, from The Chicago Tribune to The San Francisco Chronicle. He followed in 2016 with Pick Your Poison. DownBeat said, “There’s a deep-seated power about Birchwood’s singing and six string/lap steel guitar work…and there’s an unmistakab le emotion and honesty linking him to forebears like Muddy Waters. Thoughtful, persuasive and rugged.”
6:00 pm Smooth Jazz $www.ticketmaster.com cover
March 19 @ 6:00 pm
6:00 pm Classic Rock $5 cover
Dive Bar Saints
March 22 @ 6:00 pm
6:10p-6:40p Jesse Bloomr
6:50p – 7:35p Sweater Weather
7:55 – 8:40p Roger!
9:00p – 9:55p Dive Bar Saints
Dive Bar Saints are an original rock-pop band, formed in San Diego, California in 2018. The band’s lineup consists of lead vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist Frankie Thaheld, guitarist Nick Ascolese, drummer Merrick Marino, bassist Jeff Ludwig, and guitarist and vocalist Anthony “Tony” Cafiso. The Dive Bar Saints style is reminiscent of their varied influences from classic and modern rock, and alternative to singer-songwriters, and pop.
The band came together in late 2018 when three dads, Frankie, Nick, and Merrick, decided they wanted to start playing music again after life took over for a period of time. Tony and Jeff joined later, during the pandemic shutdown in 2020-2021, when the three original members were writing new material furiously waiting for venues to open back up and opportunities to play live in front of actual humans again!!
6:00 pm Dance $5 cover
7:00 pm Blues $Ticketmaster cover
Laurie Morvan Band
March 30 @ 7:00 pm
“L.A.’s Laurie Morvan is a member of that still all-too-rare club of female lead blues guitarists. On her third release, Morvan shows strong chops on guitar and a good ear for writing accessible songs. The overall result is an easy-to-listen-to blues-rock hybrid, not so different from what better-known artists such as Robert Cray and Bonnie Raitt have been creating for the last few decades.
While Morvan credits Stevie Ray Vaughan as a specific influence, her playing is far more reminiscent of former Roomful of Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl. It’s got that Texas twang but with a jazz musician’s restraint and even elegance. She’s far more interested in playing well than in playing fast.
As a singer, Morvan sounds a lot like Louisiana swamp blues singer Marcia Ball. She doesn’t show much range here, but has a nice growl and warm tones. And for someone who lives in SoCal and grew up in Illinois, she’s sure got a drawl to her singing.
5:00 pm $5 cover
West of 5
March 31 @ 5:00 pm
Darci is blessed with a powerhouse of a voice and an infectious stage presence. She radiates fun and will absorb you with the versatility of her voice. George masters the guitar with tasty licks and spot on guitar tone. Bruce’s keys bring great depth and versatility to the sound of the band. He always has two hands on two different keyboards, with the perfect patch applied. People always marvel at Michael’s drum set. Then, they hear him play and are even more impressed! The guy has some fast hands! Complimenting Michael’s drumming is Frank on Bass. He’s usually smiling and captivated by the groove.