Bits & Pieces
Radio personality Steve Pringle (KINK, KGON) has been battling cancer, and his friends and supporters have organized a fundraiser for him.
"BluesMania: A Benefit for Steve Pringle" will be held from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $25 ($50 reserved) and available at CascadeTickets.com or at Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. There'll be a silent auction of music memorabilia, gift baskets, art and more.
Pringle has been a staple of the Portland blues scene for more than 25 years — including on KKJZ, KMHD/OPB's Friday Freeway Blues, taking over for Bob "The Big BA" Ancheta on KINK's Sunday Night Blues and KGON. Last year, he was honored with a Muddy Award from the Cascade Blues Association for his work in promoting the local blues community.
A who's who of local musicians will play at the benefit event: Rose City Kings, Kevin Selfe Big Band, Norman Sylvester Band, Karen Lovely and Ben Rice, Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager, Lloyd Jones, Lisa Mann, Jimi Bott and more. The event will conclude with a guitar showdown featuring special guests Terry Robb, Robbie Laws, Ty Curtis, Peter Dammann, Tim Langford and more.
Actor/filmmaker Sean Penn will make an appearance at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., in Beaverton, to promote his new book, "Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn," 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
The book explores the deepest recesses of American politics and culture; it's a follow-up to his debut novel, "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff."
The story: Bob Honey, disillusioned divorcee with a penchant for murder by mallet, weaves his way toward Washington, D.C., for the ultimate showdown with a certain nefarious "landlord," but nothing is as it seems, and Bob will have more than just the government working against him.
Heads-up: The Rose Quarter Guitar Festival, in which people can attend and buy, trade or sell vintage/used/new guitars and more, will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Shoppers also can find amps, pedals, mandos, banjos, guitar accessories and more.
Special guests Larry Mitchell, Terry Robb, John Standefer and Erik Hailstone and Friends will be playing music.
Tickets are $15; parking is free. For more: www.rosequarterguitarfestival.com.
Mott the Hoople
The band that gave us "All the Young Dudes" has canceled the second part of its North American tour, including the Nov. 5 date at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Singer/guitarist Ian Hunter recently developed a severe case of tinnitus.
Mott the Hoople hadn't toured the United States since 1974, hence the billing "Mott the Hoople '74."
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