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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
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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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~Iris

 
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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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Sal's Rock Report for Friday 9/6/13-Roger Waters & The Stones

Every Friday on KGON, I have the pleasure of speaking with our "man on the inside" Sal Cirrincione who dishes on the latest news in the world of classic rock.  Today Sal talked about the fact that it's Roger Waters 70th birthday, and also about the Rolling Stones exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Good information.  A gentleman called me while I was on the air and missed part of the report so I told him I would post it on my blog so he could hear it.  Great idea!  So now, due to that man's question, I will continue to post the weekly rock reports here on my blog.  Here's today's report!  And a picture of Sal with Keith Richards....just because!  Enjoy...
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Larry the Cable Guy talks to Iris

I love it when someone who is not only very talented, but also so down to earth makes it big!  Really big! Larry the Cable Guy is an example of what happens when talent and hard work comes together.  He's everywhere.  Movies, gold records, a book, TV show, and part of the Pixar "Cars" franchise as "Mater," it all seems like an overnight success after the Blue Collar Comedy Tour hit the circuit...but Larry worked hard getting his stand up routine right, and he did radio commentary for several stations that got the word out about this funny man!  We talked about our mutual friend, the late Dick Sheetz, who was at one of the stations that had him on the radio in Florida.  He's a dad, and we talked about his kids reaction to the Mater character from Cars.  Larry's just a great guy.  Simple as that.  He's coming to the Schnitzer on September 18th, and if you need some funny in your life, then you should get there and laugh along with the rest of us!  Cheers, and enjoy the conversation.
~Iris
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Update on Carlos Santana's House of Blues Shows in Vegas

Waking up in the morning and knowing that I’m going to be talking to Carlos Santana is so uplifting.  He is not only one of the most gifted guitar players, but he’s a light in the universe that shines bright.  He’s devoted himself to a lifelong commitment to social activism and humanitarian causes, including the Milagro Foundation which he and his family established in 1998.  Right now he’s doing shows at The House of Blues at Mandlay Bay in Vegas, and will be through spring of 2014.  A portion of all tickets sold will go to charitable causes.  Here’s our conversation, and a wonderful answer to my ending question of who he would like to play music with in the future.
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