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Things to do in Portland September 26-30, 2014

This is going to be yet another beautiful Fall weekend in the Northwest!  Here's some local things to do if you need a list!  Cheers!

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area:
  • Fri Sept 26-9th Annual Dancing in the Square American Indian Day Celebration-Free.  Traditional costumes, singing and drums. Noon-7pm.
  • Sept 26- October 31-Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island
  • Sept 26-Opening of 13th Door Haunted House, 3855 SW Murray Blvd. Beaverton
  • Sept. 26–28, 2014-Portland Juggling Festival 2014-Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
  • Sept 27-28- Project  Pabst (Music Festival)- Zidell Yards.  Music from Tears for Fears and Modest Mouse and more.  $35 one day pass, $60 two days.
  • Sept 27-28- St. Johns End of Summer Motorcycle Block Party & Poker Run-Benefit for NW USA Veteran MC.  Brekken’s- 8728 N Lombard
  • Sept 27, 7pm-Portland Winterhawks vs. Everett-Moda Center
  • Sept 28, 5pm-Portland Winterhawks vs. Prince George-Moda Center
  • Sept 28- The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride- Vintage Motorcycles and sharp dressed men-  A benefit for Prostate Cancer Research.
  • Sept 27 & 28- 10th Annual Portland Hempstock- Waterfront Park
  • Sept. 27–28, 2014-Handmade Bike & Beer Festival-Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Boulevard
  • Sept. 30, 2014 – Oct. 2, 2014-Portland Fashion Week Fall Edition-Pioneer Courthouse Square
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Al Pitrelli with a T.S.O. update for Iris

The proper way to kick off the Holiday Season is with a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show!  It’s what gets me into a holiday mood every time.  Plus, it’s just a great concert!  The band is incredible, the singers are amazing, the story is moving, and the lasers and pyro add that little sparkle that just lights everything up in a big way!  Every year, I have the pleasure of speaking to Al Pitrelli about the upcoming show.  This year I was really looking forward to our talk because T.S.O. is doing a NEW SHOW!  “The Christmas Attic” is the one part of the Christmas Trilogy that has never been done in its entirety.  So we get a new show to embrace this year from T.S.O.!  Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 23rd at the Moda Center.  There’s two shows, a matinee at 3pm and the 7:30pm show that follows.  I recommend going to both shows.  That’s what I always do.  Just can’t get enough of that band!  SO, here’s the conversation I had with Al Pitrelli about the upcoming concert.  Thanks for listening! ~Iris
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Iris chats with Jay Bird Koder

Portland’s musical landscape is rich with such talented artists, like Jay Bird Koder!  Last time I saw Steve Miller perform at Edgefield, he was brought on stage to play, and for me, Jay Bird stole the show.  On October 4th, 2014, he will be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.  He’s played with Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado, Obo Addy, Doc Severinsen, Jeff Lorber, Robert Cray, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Cool’r, The Oregon Symphony, Steve Miller and many more.  In this interview we talk about his band SoulMates, touring, some of the people he’s worked with, music education, his time at Berklee School of Music, and more.  He’s a wonderful human being, and it’s always a pleasure to talk to him.  Click here to enjoy the interview.  ~Iris
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Things to do this weekend!

There's so many things going on as we get to the end of the summer, that I thought sharing a list with you might be helpful and handy!  So, here you go:
Oregon State Fair-Starts today and goes through 9/1 in Salem
Hood to Coast Relay -Through Saturday
Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro-Saturday and Sunday (& Labor Day) through 9/21
Street of Dreams- This is the last weekend, folks
Dave Foley at Helium Comedy Club-Saturday
Festa Italiana Portland's Italian American Festival- now through Sunday in Pioneer Courthouse Square
Tequila Fest PDX through the weekend at World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street
Dinosaurs Unearthed at OMSI through September 2nd
Peter Max-A Retrospective through this weekend
Portland Saturday Market-Sat & Sun
Rip City 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at the Rose Quarter-Saturday and Sunday
Portland Farmer's Market at PSU- Saturday starting at 8:30am

AND you can come visit me at Gresham Subaru from Noon until 2pm!  I'll be looking for you!

Have a great weekend!~ Iris
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Justin Hayward talks about the new live CD & DVD with Iris.

Justin Hayward is one busy man.  He's currently on tour with The Moody Blues, and that was right after he wrapped a solo tour.  After this Moodys tour is over, he goes back out on the road to do the solo gigs again.  Plus there was the Spring Moody Blues Cruise that not only featured the band, but several other artists along for the ride. I'm tired just thinking about it!  His show here in Portland in June at the Aladdin was fantastic, and the new album and DVD "Spirits Live" is from his solo tour.  We talk about his love of travel, the Moodies, the cruise plans, and more.  
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Iris catches up with Curtis Salgado.

Curtis Salgado is a Portland icon and legend.  If you haven't seen curtis perform in a while, then you need to do some catching up yourself, and here's a perfect opportunity! He’ll be performing at the Winco Foods Portland Open, Saturday, August 23rd, 6:00pm at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.  It’s a one of a kind setting on the fairway at the Witch Hollow course.   The Curtis Salgado concert is FREE to all daily and weekly Winco Foods Portland Open ticket holders.  If you don't have a Tournament ticket…they will be available at the gate at Pumpkin Ridge ALL DAY Saturday, August 23rd for ONLY $15, and parking is FREE at Pumpkin Ridge!  So, let’s go enjoy the show.   
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Chatting with Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues will be performing at the Aladdin on June 10th.  It was a pleasure to talk with this legend.  Click here to enjoy the interview!  ~Iris
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Earl Thomas talks about the Raise the Roof Concert Series with Iris

Earl Thomas is a blues master, two time Grammy Award nominee, and a man on a mission!  He's helping raise funds in support of The Blues Foundation's dream of opening a physical Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.  The Raise the Roof Concert Series is a result of Earl wanting to help get the job done.  Word got out among Earl's musician friends, and their friends, and this idea has snowballed into a very cool tour. 

The Raise the Roof Concert Series comes to Portland's Alberta Rose Theater on Sunday, October 27th featuring talents such as Duffy Bishop, China Forbes from Pink Martini, Karen Lovely, The Strange Tones, Liv Warfield, and many more. 

I had the chance to talk to Earl about the show, how the whole thing started and more.  He's a wonderful man with an amazing story of his own. I can't wait to see this show!  Thanks to Joey Scruggs for giving us the opportunity to support this show.  We believe in the cause, because if there wasn't the blues, there would be no rock and roll! 

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Iris talks to the Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, David S

One of the best things about my job has to be the opportunity to talk to so many amazing people!  From listeners on the phone in the studio to rock stars, and even the Ringmaster of the Ringling Bros/ & Barnum & Bailey Circus…The Greatest Show on Earth!  David Shipman learned about the auditions through Facebook, but completely missed the audition. He called Ringling Bros. directly to see if there was any chance he could still try out... and look where he is now!   He talks about the circus, how he got the gig, his favorite act, and how the childhood dream of running away to join the circus came true. 
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My Doc that Rocks

I was thinking about my cool doc that rocks, Dr. Will Winter of N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) and found this cool picture on Google of the two of us.  I can't remember when it was taken.  Maybe at the party before their first Portland gig at the Crystal Ballroom.  They owe Portland another show soon.  I love the band...for their music, and for what they do.  Here's a link to their web page. 
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