Plan to hit the ground runnin' and get most of my work done early in the week, so I can cruise toward the weekend. Big one comin' up. Gotta get out the mint julep recipe for Saturday's KENTUCKY DERBY. Not necessarily into horse racing (altho I did have a job as a camera operator at Portland Meadows one winter while I was going to MHCC, but that's a whole 'nother story). It's the tradition of watching it on tv and getting silly with friends that appeals to me..
CINCO DE MAYO next Sunday! That's gonna take a little prep work. Hope I can find a pinata with dark chocolate inside. Margaritas anyone? There'll be no shortage of celebrations around town, so take your pick and have a great time.
btw: SHANNON will be giving away passes to the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta next weekend at Waterfront Park, plus carnival wristbands all week long during his "This Day In Rock" Trivia question at 3:45pm. JEFF MITCHELL pulls out the KGON junk drawer during the BOB & TOM show each morning. This week it's $40 gift certificates to Outback Steakhouse. And, during the noon hour with Iris, play "My 3 Songs" for a chance to win tickets to "Jukebox Hero" Foreigner Tribute Band coming up at the Star Theater. Other things to do this week in the Rose City:
Your last chance to catch the MYTHBUSTERS EXHIBITION at OMSI. Hands on experiments, props & gadgets from the TV show thru next Sunday. At the movies: IRON MAN 3 opens Friday. Robert Downey Jr is back as Tony Stark, Ben Kingsley plays his arch rival The Mandarin; different director this time.
On the local music scene: MAY DAY MUSIC FEST at the Alhambra (formerly Mt Tabor Theater) Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the restored theater. Bunch of bands over 5 days, Wed-Sun. more info at alhambrapdx.com
BEST NEW BAND SHOWCASE at Mississippi Studios. Free for all ages. Sat 9pm
oh, yeah, don't forget 3 DOG NIGHT at Spirit Mtn Casino Sat night.
And, if you need more excuses to party...Birthdays this week include: Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Mick Mars of Motley Crue, Steve Stevens of Billy Idols' band, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, Willie Nelson, and, talk about your old rockers - drummer from Spirit Ed Cassidy who left the planet in 2012 would have been 90 this year. Also, Bianca Jagger; The Godfather of Soul James Brown, Kurt Loder of MTV; Jerry Seinfeld, couple of athletes - Andre Agassi, Isiah Thomas; and actors Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Daniel Day-Lewis; plus it's the two-year anniversary for Britain's Prince William & Kate.
Lookin' for an 80 degree weekend, enjoy each day as we ramp up to it. Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember to take your smile with you.
Spent the weekend doing my couch potato routine watching NBA Playoffs. Sure isn't as much fun seeing the Lakers lose when Kobe Bryant isn't on the floor! Probably won't decide which team to cheer for until next round. Hope there's someone in the pack who can actually beat Miami.
This week looks good. Weather should be beautiful if we can believe those weather guessers.
Plenty of birthdays to celebrate, in case you need an excuse to party. Lot of pretty good actors on the list this week: JACK NICHOLSON, BARBRA STREISAND, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, AL PACINO, VALERIE BERTINELLI, RENEE ZELLWEGER; TV host JAY LENO; playwrite & poet WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; and some real fine musicians: PAUL CARRACK OF ACE, PETER FRAMPTON, DEF LEPPARD guitarist STEVE CLARK (another one who left the planet way too early), ROY ORBISON, two guys from CCR - DOUG "COSMO" CLIFFORD & STU COOK, Bluesman ALBERT KING, GARY WRIGHT, ACE FREHLEY & CHUCK LEAVELL. And, if that's not enough, the BROADWAY BRIDGE turns 100 years old this week!
Coming up Saturday, time to get on your marching shoes, and join the MARCH FOR BABIES. Raise some $$$ for babies who need help. Going on in Portland, Vancouver & Salem, you can register at marchforbabies.org.
And, Sunday night at the Roseland, BLUES FOR BILL BENEFIT featuring CURTIS SALGADO, SOUL VACCINATION, TY CURTIS BAND & the LINDA HORNBUCKLE BAND, with LARHONDA STEELE, SONNY HESS & VICKI STEVENS. Wow! all that talent, with money going to help BILL POSTLES fight lung cancer. Bill has been a road manager and sound mixer for Portland bands for over 40 years, and this is your chance to say thanks and help him out with his medical expenses.
You can win tickets to this show during the BOB & TOM show all this week when JEFF MITCHELL opens up the KGON Junk Drawer.
IRIS has a chance STEEL DAY tickets for you when she does MY 3 SONGS in the noon hour.
Heard someone say recently that with all the negative and scary things going on in the world, one way to deal with it , is to see if you can help another person, even in a small way. And don't forget to smile, it's contagious!
Explore music and celebrate independent record stores this Saturday! Fittingly, JIMI HENDRIX is this year's poster boy and with a bit of luck, you might pick up one of those limited edition posters in your gift bag at one of the participating stores here in the Portland area. If you're a collector, look for promotional items made for the day. JIMI HENDRIX "Hey Joe/Stone Free" mono on black vinyl, or WILLIE NELSON'S "Roll Me Up & Smoke Me When I Die" on 7-inch green vinyl to mention just a few. MUSIC MILLENNIUM opens early-8AM, and has autograph sessions scheduled with the THERMALS at 2PM and SPARKS at 6:30PM. Other stores participating include: 360 VINYL, JACKPOT RECORDS, EXILED RECORDS, EVERYDAY MUSIC, 2ND AVENUE RECORDS, and BEACON SOUND. Make the rounds and find some treasures!
All those years ago...Acutally, It was 47 years ago that John, Paul, George & Ringo started recording the song "Taxman" at Abbey Road studios. Woke up humming it this morning. OK, all together now, let's sing a few choruses and put the Taxman in our rear view mirrors til next year...
Lotta cool things goin on this week in the Rose City. Here's one that caught my eye, being the tv freak that I am: "FROM STEREOSCOPES TO TELEVISIONS", an exhibit at the Pittock Mansion that shows how technology altered home entertainment from the late 19th century onward. A glimpse into what life was like without video games.
Plenty of music options this week: Thurs at Duff's Garage: BIG MONTI AMUNDSON (remember the Blubinos?) Just back from the Netherlands and ready to shake the rafters at Duff's with bandmates John Mazzocco and Kelly Dunn.
Thus & Fri there's the GRATEFUL DEAD Tribute with the DARK STAR ORCHESTRA at the Crystal Ballroom.
Sat has a benefit concert for Sandy Relief at the Keller Auditorium with AARON NEVILLE, CURTIS SALGADO & MICHAEL ALLEN HARRISON.
Of course PRINCE at the Roseland Sun for two shows is a big deal, but getting in will cost ya. Officially sold out, there are always scalpers. If you've got the scratch, it sounds pretty exciting.
Independent record retailers across the country celebrate RECORD STORE DAY on Saturday with all kinds of special events planned. I'll have more on what's happening here in Portland tomorrow.
Light some birthday candles this week for: Foghat singer/guitarist Lonesome Dave Peverett; Bill Spooner of the Tubes; Gerry Rafferty of Stealers Wheel and "Baker Street" fame; Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Portland Wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper; TV Host Conan O'Brien; Comedian Rick Moranis (Take Off, eh?); Actress Kate Hudson who starred in one of my all-time favorite movies "Almost Famous"; Star Trek's Mr Sulu- George Takei & Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Iggy Pop (once a Stooge, always a Stooge)!
Talk to ya soon,
Especially if you like it live. Concert announcements all over the place! HEART with JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE at the Sleep Country Amphitheater on Aug30th, ROBERT PLANT at the Gorge Amphitheater July 5th & 6th; and more big ones on the way. Keep your ears tuned to 92.3 KGON for announcements and chances to win tickets to some of these shows all week.
Other things going on in the Rose City this week: JON LOVITZ of Saturday Night Live at the Helium Comedy Club Fri & Sat
COLIN HAY - singer/songwriter from Men at Work doin' hit songs and sharing stories at the Aladdin on Thur. PAT TRAVERS at Cascade Bar & Grill, also Thurs.
SHOOT TO THRILL (AC/DC Tribute band) at the Tiger Bar on Sat.
Guitar star JOE BONAMASSA at the Keller on Sat night. Check out Iris' interview with Joe on Iri's Blog.
CIRCA - Australian Touring troupe of performers blending circus arts with dance at the Newmark Theatre thru Sat.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn thru May 5. More than 40 acres of tulips and daffodils with fun stuff to do for the whole family. Never met a flower I didn't like!
One of my favorite authors, Portland writer Phillip Margolin will be reading from his new book "Sleight of Hand" at a few places this week...Tues at Annie Bloom's on Capital Hwy; Murder by the Book on SE Hawthorne on Wed, and Powells in Beaverton Thurs. Can't wait to get my hands on that book for my next rainy day read.
Celebrating birthdays this week: John Lennon's first son, Julian; ex GNR guitarist Izzy Stradlin; former 1st Lady Betty Ford; Actor Dennis Quaid; drummer/singer for the Byrds Gene Parsons; Playboy founder Hugh Hefner; guitar rocker Pat Travers (stop by the Cascade Bar & Grill on Thur and wish him a happy one!); TV Host David Letterman; John Kay of Steppenwolf; bass player for Jefferson Airplane/Starship & Hot Tuna Jack Casady; singer/guitarist for Little Feat & Mothers of Invention Lowell George and Ritchie Blackmore guitarist for Deep Purple/Rainbow.
Have a great week. Start saving up for all those concert tickets and I'll check in with ya when I have more to say.
Rumors have been flying since last week about another STONES tour, and this morning it was confirmed. They're goin back out on the road. Tour stops: 5/5 Oakland, 5/8 San Jose, 5/11 Las Vegas, 5/15 Anaheim, 5/25 Toronto, 5/28 Chicago, 6/12 Boston, 6/18 Philadelphia. A date at the LA Staples Center still to be determined. And there could be more added to the list. Listen to KGON for more updates as soon as we get them. Have a great Wednesday!
Sunshine & Seger. Must be a lot of people with sore throats this morning from singing along with Bob at the concert Sat night. And all that sunshine! Reminds us of why we stay through those dark, drippy winter months. No better place to be than the Pacific Northwest. in the Spring.
NO STUDS ALLOWED! And now that winter's behind us, time to remove those studded tires. If you get caught with them on your vehicle as of today you could be fined $190 in OR, $124 in WA.
ROAD TRIP next year? Saw in the Oregonian that author Ken Kesey's heirs are renovating the original Further bus and taking it on a trip across the country next year to mark the 50th anniversary of The Merry Prankster's first trip. Maybe Concert Dave can put together a caravan to follow it?
APRIL FOOLs: If you're not afraid to make a fool of yourself, you can get some deep discounts at Music Millennium thru the 14th by singing songs by artists like Kiss, Bob Dylan, Stones & others.
Let 'em film you and you could win a $250 shopping spree. Fun times at Portland's coolest record store.
STEVIE NICKS AT THE MOVIES "In Your Dreams" documentary at the Hollywood Theatre, Tues 4/2
PRINCE ALERT! Found an ad in Willamette Week for PRINCE doing two shows at the Roseland on April 21. REALLY? Wow! The opportunity to see one of the best guitarists on the planet in such an intimate setting blows my mind!
BIRTHDAYS this week include: Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro; Ronnie Lane of the Faces; Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson; Leon Russell (never forget seeing him recently with Iris when he was in town at the Mt Tabor Theatre!); Skid Row's Sebastian Bach; Comedian Eddie Murphy; Actor Alec Baldwin; Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and keyboard player for The Band-Richard Manuel; one of the best actors of the 20th century-Marlon Brando; Irish blues guitarist Gary Moore; Allman Bros Band bassist Berry Oakley; Chicago Blues legend Muddy Waters and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar...Celebrate with Iris during Conncect the Classics all week in the noon hour.
Enjoy, and I'll check in with you in a few days,