March 6-16

Music for moderns

The Oregon Wind Quintet will present “Retro-Moderne,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. Admission is free.

Part of the March Music Moderne IV festival, “Retro-Moderne” will focus on new works for woodwinds, including “Shout Chorus” by Portland composer Kenji Bunch.

“This is a highly demanding, virtuosic work that pushes the instruments to the extreme,” Bunch says, “but one that was written in the spirit of the infectious dance rhythms, humor and joy of American big-band jazz of the 1940s.”

Speaking of the festival, March Music Moderne features 32 events in 23 different venues throughout Portland, showcasing new dance, music, films and literature.

Participants include Classical Revolution PDX, Resonance Vocal Ensemble, Metal Machine Music and the Free Marz String Trio. The fest runs from Thursday, March 6, through Sunday, March 16.


March 6

Singing and songwriting

Martin Sexton’s repertoire includes soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B, beatboxing and scat singing. He’s released 10 albums since 1992, and won the Best Live Performance Album award in 2009 at the Independent Music Awards for his disc “Solo.”

A folkie with a theatrical voice, he’s a passionate performer with just enough dry wit to keep his shows fun. Meanwhile, opener Jay Nash sounds a bit like Coldplay’s Chris Martin if he was Eddie Vedder, and has gotten some buzz with his dreamy ballad “Wander,” propelled by a faux Latin beat and splashed with post-modern guitar. He also traffics in more traditional singer-songwriter sounds as in “Blame It All On The Wind,” a great baritone-tenor vocal performance.

Martin Sexton, Jay Nash, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-234-9694,

March 7

They both have cool last names

by: COURTESY OF JOS VAN VLIET - John Gorka, the star folk singer and guitarist (Love is Our Cross to Bear), plays the Alberta Rose Theatre, March 7.Speaking of great folkies, if you haven’t seen John Gorka yet, you’re missing out on an American treasure. Besides being one of the finest guitarists ever to strum strings, Gorka writes intelligent lyrics and great melodies and penned one of the most honest love songs ever “Love is Our Cross to Bear.” “I want to be a long time friend to you/I want to be a long time known/Not one of your memory’s used-to-bes/A summer’s fading song.” His latest album “Bright Side of Down” sports a great rollin’ down the road opener, “Holed Up Mason City,” which shows his gift for tasteful arrangements.

by: COURTESY OF JAKE JACOBSON - Joining Gorka here, Antje Duvekot has won a songwriting competition, and been featured on a bank commercial.Opener Antje Duvekot won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “Soma” back in 2000. Her “hits” include “Merry Go-Round,” which you may have heard in a Bank of America ad a few years back “when they still had money,” as she says. Check out her video on YouTube for “The Butterfly Effect,” which she animated herself.

John Gorka, Antje Duvekot, 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $18. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-719-6055,

March 8

From Bum to contender

by: COURTESY OF MIRI STEBIVKA/MIRI FOTO - Famed frontman Jeremy Wilson goes solo with Empty Through Empty Space, and he plays Doug Fir Lounge, March 8. Former Dharma Bums/Pilot front man, and founder of the nonprofit health care organization for musicians, The Jeremy Wilson Foundation, Jeremy Wilson will mark the release of “Empty Through Empty Space,” his first full studio solo record, with this show. A collection of a dozen folksy songs, the record also features Dylan-Thomas Vance (guitar, backing vocals) and Matthew Rotchford (bass) and is based on a heal-your-heart solo road trip Wilson took from Florida back to Portland.

The record also features The Decemberists’ (and former Dharma Bum) John Moen on drums and Jen Conlee-Drizos on Hammond organ, Ezra Holbrook on drums and percussion, Luke Strahota on drums, Sean Flora on guitar and backing vocals, Paul Brainard on trumpet, Matt Brown on euphonium, and several others like Wilson’s fellow former Bums Jim Talstra (bass), and Eric Lovre (electric guitar).

The album opens with a title track set to rain and, yes, Wilson starts to sing about rain with a droning shanty that hits you like a St. Patrick’s Day buzz. It’s all hearty stout and ale from there on in, a good album to help you shake off your past while telling your future to go screw. Nicely.

Jeremy Wilson, The Eyelids, and Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys, 9 p.m. Friday, March 8, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Info: (503) 231-9663,

Round town

• Finger-picker, gritty singer Scott H. Biram puts together punk, blues and country in his award-winning earthy music, which has been featured in many TV shows and films. A Merle Haggard for the post-modern world, he joins Larry & His Flask and Whiskey Shivers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 21 and older. Info: 503-233-7100,

• Karen Lovely, God’s gift to great female blues vocals, brings her band to Duff’s

Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave., Saturday, March 8, $15. Info: 503-234-2337, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show

• The Beck-meets-beach-music band Cayucas plays at 9 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Cayucas’ latest single “High School Lover” is making some noise. Glorious indie-folk-rockers Miner open. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895,

And, finally ...

If you think your act is worth coverage, send a news release with a brief (one to three paragraphs, tops) description of your music, a list of band members, links to any online recordings, and at least one 1.0 mb jpeg photo we can consider for publication.

Couple this with any upcoming dates (at least three weeks in advance) in clubs, and include the venue’s name, address and contact info, as well as the cover charge. Send all this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contract Publishing

Go to top
Template by JoomlaShine