Tuesday, feeling like Monday! With Memorial Day behind us, my brain is already one day off. Hope you had a great 3-day break. Sorry the Winterhawks didn't make it all the way to the Memorial Cup, but, hey, WHL Champs ain't bad! In the NBA, Memphis was my underdog favorite, but now that they're out, I'm pinning my hopes on San Antonio. Would just like to see someone beat Miami.
PEEK AT THE WEEK:
Back to the Party: A few days off from Cityfair to tidy up a bit, then back open Thursday thru Sunday at Waterfront Park. Big day Saturday with the STARLIGHT RUN followed by the STARLIGHT PARADE in downtown Portland. One of my favorite KGON Starlight Parade memories is the year we rode in the Bluesmobile. We were downtown for hours, and, yes, we all had a few brews. Luckily, someone had the foresight to stash a chamber pot in the car in case of emergencies!
Plenty of touristy stuff to do this week. It's always fun to show out-of-towners our beautiful city, rain or shine. Keep in mind there are a lot of visitors driving around who don't quite know where they're going, so be patient when someone in front of you makes a dumb move!
And if the rain forces you indoors, there's always the movies. Opening this week: "AFTER EARTH" with Will Smith and his son Jaden, Directed by M. NIght Shyamalan, so expect a few surprises! Get out the birthday candles! Two ROLLING STONES birthdays this week: RON WOOD and CHARLIE WATTS and they'll both be working tonight at the United Center in Chicago; JOHN FOGERTY OF CCR; drummer for LED ZEPJOHN BONHAM; bassist for TRIUMPH MIKE LEVINE; actors MARILYN MONROE, CLINT EASTWOOD, JERRY "THE BEAVER" MATHERS; DANA CARVEY; the guy whose picture's on the NBA logo, Basketball Hall of Famer JERRY WEST; JAMES BOND novelist IAN FLEMING; and the 35th President of the US JOHN F KENNEDY.
Stuff you can win this week on KGON: JEFF MITCHELL opens up the Junk Drawer in the morning with tickets to see Madame Torment at the New Copper Penny this Friday night. IRIS does "My 3 Songs" during the noon hour for tickets to LYNYRD SKYNYRD & BAD CO plus tickets for "The Hangover 3". SHANNON has tickets to see TERRY FATOR (ventriloquist, comedian, singer) at the OR STATE FAIR. And, dont' forget about the $1,000 CASH CODE- Get in on this national contest today by listening for the code word. Call within 10 minutes and you've got a shot at the money. Happens four times a day, 6am, 10am, 1pm & 4pm. Go to kgon.com to enter. Good luck and have a great week!
PEEK AT THE WEEK:
PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL CityFair kicks off at Waterfront Park this Friday. Fireworks, music, carnival rides...all the usual fun stuff to do, especially if you want to show off our city to visitors from out of town. Leading up to Friday:
BILL PAYNE of LITTLE FEAT puts on a show at the Alberta Rose Theatre featuring music, photos and tales from the road Thursday night. VAMPIRE WEEKEND plays at the Keller same night.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY FAIR at Oaks Park Sat & Sun is a great place to take kids.
For the grown-ups the COLUMBIA GORGE STERNWHEELER offers "Half-Price Sunday" for a sightseeing cruise up the Columbia Gorge.
Birthdays to celebrate this week:
Poet, singer/songwriter BOB DYLAN; FMAC vocalist STEVIE NICKS; ELTON JOHN'S songwriting partner BERNIE TAUPIN; SCORPIONS lead singer KLAUS MEINE; JOE COCKER; LEVON HELM of the BAND; RICH ROBINSON of the BLACK CROWES; jazz trumpeter and R&R Hall of Famer MILES DAVIS; the Doug half of BOB & DOUG McKENZIE - DAVE THOMAS, Comedian and Pot Activist TOMMY CHONG; Actors: CHER; MR. T; RAYMOND BURR; SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER; and America's alltime leading Winter Olympian and Dancing with the Stars champion APOLO ANTON OHNO. Cheers to all!!!
Big week for winning on KGON:
From the Junk Drawer during the morning show JEFF MITCHELL hands out pairs of tickets in the first five rows to see REO/LOVERBOY at the OR State Fair in August.
MARK VODKA's in for IRIS this week and he's got tickets to see BOZ SCAGGS at the Schnitz during "My 3 Songs" in the noon hour.
SHANNON gives away CULT tickets for "This Day in Rock" trivia question at 3:45pm.
Check the Contest Page to win tickets to the sold out STEELY DAN show at Edgefield.
And, if CASH is what you're after, $1,000 CASH CODE is now on! To win this national contest, all you have to do is listen to KGON for the code word, 4 times each weekday at 6am, 10am, 1pm & 4pm. Then, within 10 minutes, go to KGON.com/cash to enter. Good luck
JOHN DENSMORE, drummer and founding member of the DOORS visits MUSIC MILLENNIUM in Portland this Sunday, May 19th, signing copies of his new book "The Doors Unhinged". Had a quick chat with him on the phone. Nice guy! Here's what he had to say:
First, a big congrats to the PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS! Show your support at Pioneer Courthouse Square Tuesday at noon, as the team heads off to Saskatoon Friday for their shot at the Memorial Cup. Go HAWKS!
The week ahead holds all sorts of options to keep you busy. It's NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK WEEK. You might get a little wet. Showers off and on in the forecast, but nothing serious riders can't handle.
You can always go to a movie. ROCKSHOW, the concert film featuring PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS from the '75-'76 "Wings Over America" tour opens Wednesday at the Clinton St Theater and Century on 82nd in Portland, Century 16 Cedar Hills, & Liberty Theatre in Camas WA. I remember going to that show in Seattle for the opening of the Kingdome. First time I ever saw a laser light show. Can't believe the Kingdome's already gone.
If you have HBO, you can watch HEART and RUSH get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Saturday night.
Celebs in town this week: NICK CANNON from "America's Got Talent" at the Helium Comedy Club Wednesday. BRYAN CALLEN from those "Hangover" movies, Thurs at the Helium
DAVID ALAN GRIER at the Bagdad Theatre Friday Night.
You might run into a few aliens at the 14th ANNUAL UFO FEST at McMenamin's Hotel Oregon in McMinnville Friday & Saturday. UFO parade, fun run, pet costume contest, alien costume ball and plenty of live music.
JOHN DENSMORE, drummer for the DOORS, comes to town for a book signing at Music Millennium on Sunday. I'll be talking to him on the phone tomorrow to get a few more details, so be sure and check back here later in the week.
And if you need an excuse to celebrate, light some birthday candles for:
STEVIE WONDER, PETE TOWNSHEND, DUSTY HILL, JACK BRUCE, JANET JACKSON, PHIL RUDD (AC/DC), MAGIC DICK (J Geils Band), BILL BRUFORD (YES), DAVID BYRNE (T.HEADS), actors: CATE BLANCHETT, PIERCE BROSNAN, HENRY FONDA, DENNIS HOPPER, Director/Producer GEORGE LUCAS and the first Mrs. SPRINGSTEEN, JULIANNE PHILLIPS (from Lake Oswego).
Enjoy the week and keep rockin'
What a weekend! Celebrations everywhere. Hope yours was fabulous. And it looks like this perfect weather's gonna continue for most of this week. Gonna be tough to get the mind into work mode.
Mother's Day's coming up Sunday. Don't wait until the last minute to make reservations. A few suggestions for the perfect Mother's Day gift:
If Mom needs a few laughs, there's BILL COSBY at the Schnitz or LOUIE ANDERSON at the Lucky Eagle Casino Saturday Night.
Do some rockin' and gamblin' at the Chinook Winds Casino with TESLA either Friday or Saturday.
Get out on the water and take Mom for brunch or dinner on the Portland Spirit or the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.
One of my favorite authors, PHILLIP MARGOLIN will be at Jan's Paperbacks in Tualatin signing copies of his latest book "Sleight of Hand" Thurs 7pm
And opening at the movies Friday, F.Scott Fitgerald's "THE GREAT GATSBY" in 3D starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
A lot of famous people celebrating birthdays this week. BOB SEGER, BONO, ALEX VAN HALEN, BILLY JOEL, STEVE WINWOOD, DAVE MASON, BILLY SQUIER, ERIC BURDON, DAVEY JOHNSTONE from ELTON'S Band, TUBES drummer PRAIRIE PRINCE, GARY GLITTER, Legendary Blues Pioneer ROBERT JOHNSON, TOM PETERSON of CHEAP TRICK; actors: GEORGE CLOONEY, ORSON WELLES, CANDICE BERGEN, KATHERINE HEPBURN; WILLIE MAYS, GEORGE CARLIN, HOMER SIMPSON, YOGI BERRA (havin' a deja vu all over again) and the Spanish surrealist painter with the cool mustache - SALVADOR DALI.
Enjoy the sunshine and keep listening to KGON. It's LED ZEPPELIN WEEK! Extra ZEP tunes, two-fers and chances to win prizes throughout the week.