Light of the Stereo

Light of the Stereo

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Triple Crown: 11/01 - 11/14

The Artists of this installment of the Triple Crown all share a home on the amazing Chicago based Bloodshot Records. Having hosted artists like Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case, the Detroit Cobras and Ryan Adam's Whiskeytown, Bloodshot has been a hotbed of talent for almost 20 years. Luckily the next two weeks we'll be treated here in Portland with shows by three of their current roster.

Friday, November 4th

Wayne "The Train" Hancock
Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devils
Star Theater
13 NW 6th Ave
Adv.:$10/Day Of:$15
21 & Over

Calling all Rockabilly girls, pompadore kings,old men in Stetsons, and faded rodeo queens; Wayne "The Train"Hancock is rolling back to our fair city and you sure don't want to miss it. This time through he's bringing his uncomplicated honky-tonk strut to the newly open Star Theater. With his signature two-step rockabilly swing, that's as honest as the open road and as comforting as a warm summer night, Hancock speaks to the blue collar soul in us all. Like the road wise Texas man, that he is, Wayne's live show is both compelling and fun and well worth the price of admission.
Opening the night is the hot-rod blues of Portland's own Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devils. With a voice as raw gravel Hopeless Jack delivers a soulfully raucous blues so powerful you can almost taste the crossroads mojo in the air. These two bands should make one amazing night, so dust off your dancing shoes and take this opportunity to check out this awesome new venue by the people that brought you Dante's.

Monday, November 7th
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E. Burnside
Adv.:$10/Day Of:$10
21 & Over

Ripe with a groovy funk of 70's style soul, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are going to move the Doug Fir lounge so hard that even the most flat footed hipster will be able to find their groove. This is music that gets asses on the dance floor and makes the ladies swoon. These songs are built with the energy of James Brown and the ache of Otis Redding. Pulsing with a mad danceable beat, this is the power of soul at it's most potent. Filled with the cries of revolution and the sharp pain of desire and love the spirit of Marvin Gaye would be proud.

Tuesday, November 8th

Lydia Loveless
The Tumblers
Mississippi Studios
3939 N. Mississippi
Adv.:$10/Day Of:$10
21 & Over

With her bold attitude and an amazing voice Lydia Loveless is a perfect mix of Dolly Partton's Country and the rock'n'roll of Joan Jett. This red headed country girls has a moonshine smile and the saunter as smooth as the Mississippi river. Reminiscent Of Bloodshot sirens of the past like Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, Loveless is wonderfully capable of filing some big shoes. Powerful and energetic, if her live show is even half as good as her new album Indestructible Machine then we are all in store for one hell of a night at Mississippi Studio.
Joining her on stage is the highway country lounge of Portland's The Tumblers. This should be a great show so make sure you clear your Tuesday night and take the time to catch some great music.

Tuesday Double Feature: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound "Everything Will Be Fine" & Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears "Sugarfoot"

Sometime there is nothing better than the funky feel of hard warm soul against your eardrums. It's probably what got me into this whole thing, sitting in front of my dad's stereo as his Motown Records spinned into beautiful infinity. It is the rhythm of passion, the ache of heart break and as Otis Redding once sung its sitting across from the person you love the most in this world and sharing a moment as simply profound as drinking coffee and smoking a cigarette.

So this week we solute the sweet music of soul with videos by two modern masters and their amazing groups.

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Everything Will Be Fine

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound have recently released their first album on the Chicago based Bloodshot label and will be playing our own Doug Fir on the 7th of this month.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
- Sugarfoot

Having released their most recent album Scandalous earlier this year, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are on the road tirelessly touring. Luckily for us her in the North West It means that we can catch him at the awesome Wonder Ballroom on November 16th.