OK, Summer officially arrived Thur/Fri, but we're still waiting for proof. Maybe next weekend we'll get some sunshine?
Just in time for the big shutdown on SE Chavez Blvd (aka SE 39th). It's gonna be closed for 3 weeks starting Fri between Hawthorne & Division. Could be a major mess! Will definitely affect TriMet bus lines 66 & 75. Go to trimet.org for details. PEEK AT THE WEEK:
Avoid the area and take in some theatre with your out-of-town guests: Last week for Portland Center Stage's production of "Somewhere in Time". Portland Actor's Ensemble kicks off its summer season of FREE Shakespeare in the Park Thurs-Sat Terry Schrunk Plaza with "The Merchant of Venice".
Take the kids to the Portland Childrens' Museum for "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice".
The musical comedy version of "The Addams Family" Tues-Sun at the Keller.
Up for a little road trip? The Maryhill "Festival of Speed" - downhill skateboarding world cup Wed-Thurs in Goldendale. FREE to watch!
One of my favorite authors - Carl Hiaassen will read from his new book "Bad Monkey" at Powell's City of Books Mon.
For laughs, there's Rob Schneider of SNL at the Helium Comedy Club Thurs. The North American Organic Brewers Festival converges on Overlook Park Thurs-Sun.
New at the movies, "World War Z" with Brad Pitt.
And for music, two huge shows - STEVE MILLER BAND outdoors at McMenamins Edgefield Thurs and FLEETWOOD MAC at the Rose Garden Arena on Sunday. Join KGON for the preconcert party before the FMAC show. BIRTHDAYS this week: MICK FLEETWOOD, JEFF BECK, Portland's own RINDY ROSS of QUARTERFLASH, PATTY SMYTH (singer & wife of John McEnroe), COLIN HAY from MEN AT WORK, and IAN PAICE from DEEP PURPLE. Listen to Shannon for This Day in Rock for more. STUFF YOU CAN WIN THIS WEEK: From the Junk Drawer 7:15 am with JEFF MITCHELL: Tickets to see "Mercury Rising A Queen Tribute" at the New Copper Penny Classic Rock Showcase on Fri. My 3 Songs with IRIS Noon hour - Paul McCartney's Rockshow DVD and tickets to see SoulVaccination at Duff's Garage on July 5th; Classic Rock Trivia with SHANNON 3:45pm 4 pack of tickets to the St Paul Rodeo on July 5th.
And don't forget this week PINK FLOYD is the KGON Featured Artist. Listen for a Pink Floyd two-fer for your chance to win CDs from our favorite record store, MUSIC MILLENNIUM.
Have a great week,
PEEK AT THE WEEK: Summer officially begins with the solstice on Friday morning. Hopefully, we'll get some sunshine to go with it. Between now and then, plenty of options for what to do with out-of-town guests. During the rainy parts, you can head indoors to the movies. The latest Superman offering, "MAN OF STEEL" starring Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner is showing around town. The 1973 cult classic "ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE" is out on bluray. On stage at Portland Center Stage you can catch the musical "SOMEWHERE IN TIME". For laughs Wed night, the Tonic Lounge on NE Sandy has it's "Weekly Recurring Humor Night". AUGGIE SMITH (you may have seen him on Comedy Central or heard him on the BOB & TOM SHOW on KGON) comes to the Helium Comedy Club on Thur. PAULY SHORE does Harvey's Comedy Club Fri & Sat. BILL MAHER has a show at the Schnitz on Sun. For music, there's the DANDY WARHOLS Wed & Thur at the Wonder Ballroom. And a big one at the end of the week...seems like we've been waiting for this one forever...LYNYRD SKYNYRD/BAD COMPANY at the Sleep Country Amphitheater on Fri. You can still win tickets this week on MY 3 SONGS with IRIS during the noon hour. CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY, BEACH BOY BRIAN WILSON; ANN WILSON of HEART; MICHAEL ANTHONY bassist with VAN HALEN & CHICKENFOOT; Guitarist NILS LOFGREN; drummer for AEROSMITH JOEY KRAMER; RAY DAVIES from the KINKS; actors NICOLE KIDMAN and MERYL STREEP, PRINCE WILLIAM of Britain; and MOE HOWARD (the one with the black bangs) ringleader of the 3 STOOGES. Party's on!
Never met a flower I didn't like!With most Rose Festival events in the rear-view mirror, you can actually take home some of those beautiful blooms that are on display at Pioneer Courthouse Square. FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS sale starts Wed. To see what's left of ROSE FESTIVAL events, visit rosefestival.org. PEEK AT THE WEEK: Plenty of stuff goin' on to entertain your out-of-town guests. Waterfront Park is settin' up for the PORTLAND PRIDE CELEBRATION Sat & Sun. And another parade! Sun 11am downtown. PORTLAND BEER WEEK continues thru Sun all over town. PEDALPALOOSA goes thru June 29. Final weekend of BERRIES BREWS & BBQ's at French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm in St Paul. For music, BOZ SCAGGS at the Schnitz Tues. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS plays the Crystal Ballroom Thurs. TONY BENNETT at McMenamins Edgefield for FATHER'S DAY. For laughs, TRACY MORGAN from SNL & 30Rock is at the Newmark Theatre Thur. Kids of all ages should enjoy the "Mummies of the World" Exhibition at OMSI - opens Fri. And if you like to read, you can stock up for the rainy season at the "7th Annual Rose City Used Book Fair" at 1000 NE Multnomah in Portland Fri & Sat. BIRTHDAYS TO CELEBRATE:
FRANK BEARD - (the one without the beard) ZZTOP; BRAD DELP, singer for BOSTON; CHEAP TRICK drummer BUN E CARLOS; HOWARD LEESE of HEART; QUARTERFLASH drummer BRIAN DAVID WILLIS; ROD ARGENT, DONNIE VAN ZANT and legendary Chicago blues singer HOWLIN' WOLF (aka Chester Burnett); Child stars & megamillionaires ASHLEY & MARY-KATE OLSEN; and the only one to Trump them (pun intended) - NY real estate developer & billionaire DONALD TRUMP. Stuff you can win on KGON this week:
JEFF MITCHELL from the JUNK DRAWER at 7:15 am: 4 Pak of tickets to one day of the ROSE CUP RACES at Portland International Speedway June 14-16.
IRIS on MY 3 SONGS during the noon hour: Pr of tickets to CRAZY TRAIN - OZZY TRIBUTE at the New Copper Penny Showcase Fri.
SHANNON'S Classic Rock Trivia at 3:45 pm: Pr of tickets to one day of the Woodburn Dragstrip-Hot Rod Series June 22 & 23 at Woodburn Dragstrip.
This is the last week for the national $1,000 CASH CODE contest. Thru Friday, listen for the cash code, then go to kgon.com within 10 minutes to enter! Good Luck and have a great week!
STARLIGHT PARADE was fun! Can't believe the "One Time Around Again Marching Band" has grown to more than 300 members! So cool! Loved the clowns and the dancing dragons, although I couldn't help thinking I was glad I wasn't asked to be the butt end in one of those dragon costumes. The person in back must have had some real sore muscles from bending over the whole way.
PEEK AT THE WEEK- Hi Sailors!! No US military this year, but the Royal Canadian Navy and other historic ships are coming. Mary's Topless welcoming commitee will probably do their duty anyway.
It's a tradition, isn't it?. Celebrate WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Wed at Waterfront Park; and see some tricked out trikes in the ROSE FESTIVAL JR PARADE Wed 1pm in the Hollywood District. For Blues, there's no better place to hang out than Duff's Garage, and they'll be having the SUBURBAN SLIM BLUES JAM Wed night. CITYFAIR reopens Thurs at Waterfront Park. PORTLAND BEER WEEK kicksoff Thurs at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall. If you still can't let him go, the MICHAEL JACKSON HISTORY II show is on stage at the Schnitz Fri. DRAGON BOAT races on the Willamette Sat & Sun. And of course, the big one, the GRAND FLORAL PARADE on Sat. Let the sun shine on it all!!! BIRTHDAY CANDLES this week for: PRINCE (aka Prince Rogers Nelson); MIKE RENO of LOVERBOY (playing the State Fair Aug 30); BOZ SCAGGS (June 11, Schnitz); LYNYRD SKYNYRD keyboard player BILLY POWELL; IAN HUNTER from MOTT THE HOOPLE; guitar wizard STEVE VAI (Whitesnake, David Lee Roth); JON LORD of DEEP PURPLE; DAVE NAVARRO of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS; DEREK TRUCKS from ALLMAN BROS BAND; and the Father of the Electric Guitar - LES PAUL. STUFF YOU CAN WIN ON KGON THIS WEEK: Pair of tickets to Harefest 3 coming up the 1st weekend in Aug in Canby during MY 3 SONGS with IRIS in the noon hour; and a pair of tickets to "Unchained - Van Halen Tribute Band" at the New Copper Penny on Fri night when SHANNON does his Rock Trivia question right after THIS DAY IN ROCK at 3:45 pm.
Enjoy the week!