Part 2 of the Birthday Binge of 2011,has a little bit of country and a little bit of rock'n'roll and it really doesn't matter what you like. All these shows are worth the price of admission. So come on out and get your own over dose of music.
Saturday, August 20th
Drag the River
5305 SE Foster Rd
21 & Over
If the walls of the Grande Ole Opry were to fall and Nashville burn to the ground, I'd have no fear for country music knowing Drag the River was in the world. Instilled with more Cash and and Hank Sr. then all the CMA's combined roster, their music is a road worn thing smoothed over by whiskey. Filled with the weeping of the petal steel and the comforting resonance of acoustic guitar their songs have the blue collar beauty of a farmer's sun faded eyes. But don't be mistaken, these boys have souls of pure rock'n'roll and their show at the confined space of the Devil's Point is sure to shake the walls.
Supporting the boys is the amazing voice and guitar of Pascal Briggs. Looking like an interesting mix of early Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, Briggs plays an oddly infectious folk punk that gets in your head. Dark and deep Briggs is one of a kind, and something tells me you're going to remember his show for a long time after.
Friday, August 26th
The Night Beats
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside
Doors: 8PM/ Show:9PM
Cover: See Doug Fir Website for details
21 & Over
Hosted by Sailor Jerry Rum, this night of garage rock madness will feature the awesome Go-Go spy-rock of the Night Beats.Their music is a sexy beast with a dangerous swagger; rich with a delicious guitar fuzz that's nearly hypnotic and a strutting rhythm that threatens to steal your soul. You almost have to wonder if these guys spent too much time in badly ventilated garages sucking in the fumes of Hendrix records and tripping to Russ Myer films. It's simple, this band is going to blow your mind and the awesome thing is that they're just the opening act.
Headlining this show is the psychedelic audio freakout of the Wooden Shjips. A maddening stew of sound, this San Fransisco band will leave your head swimming in a euphoric state of disorientation.This night of contained auditory chaos should be a sweet release after a long week at work so order yourself a Jerry and coke and drink one for me.
Saturday, August 27th
Reverend Horton Heat
128 NW Russell St
Adv.:$12/ Day Of:$22
21 & Over
Like an old fashion tent revival of rock'n'roll The Reverend Horton Heat is coming to town to save you. It might be from the boredom of sobriety and good living, but why split straws. Populated by the wail of large bodied Gretsch guitars and Bull Bass slapping the music of the Reverend is a mix of hot rod rock'a'billy and swinging two-step country rock. If it doesn't rev up your engines you might want to check your pulse.
Sharing the stage of this one night engagement at our lovely Wonder Ballroom is the whiskey swilling, bar room brawling mofos from Georgia:Nashville Pussy. Their head banging hard rock is going to melt your face with the metal bending guitar of Ruyter Suys. If you can still walk after all the lovely abuse you'll take form this show you can count yourself a lucky soul, but either way you'll know you've seen one hell of a show.