Alright folks, there’s only about a month of summer left and it’s wrapping up quite nicely, if we do say so ourselves. The summer concert season leads into a very busy fall show calendar, and we are here for it. This week we’re jazzed about an exciting Pink Martini show at McMenamins Grand Lodge, a new summer bop from soul singer Moorea Masa and the Mood, and an anniversary celebration for the beloved and deserving Jackpot Records. Let's go!
Upcoming local event(s) featuring local artist(s).
Pink Martini, Thomas Lauderdale with Satan’s Pilgrims
This Saturday, the “little orchestra” AKA Portland band Pink Martini is playing a show at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, as part of their five-city Pacific Northwest tour. Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale is also playing an opening set with surf rock sensations Satan’s Pilgrims at each show, in support of their highly anticipated collaborative album Thomas Lauderdale Meets the Pilgrims. Across 11 stunning tracks, the album fuses Lauderdale’s sparkling piano with the band’s surf rock sounds, delivering interesting renditions of popular standards like “Rhapsody In Blue,” “Night and Day,” and “Malagueña.” Overall, those in attendance should buckle up for a night of ultra-eclectic music in multiple languages and styles.
(McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove; Fri Aug 25, $50-109, tickets here, all ages)
New release(s) from a Portland-relevant artist.
“When The Summer Calls,” Moorea Masa & The Mood
Shortly after getting married, soul singer and one-time Portlander Moorea Masa dropped a fresh new single, “When The Summer Calls,” and it is both a bop and a vibe. Gearing up for the joyful chorus, she sings “I don’t want to spend the summer bracing for the fall/ And have to miss it all/ So when the summer calls, let the sunlight in, Let it wash over my skin/ Someday I know the rain will fall. So I won’t run away when the summer calls.” In her Instagram post announcing the release, the artist writes in a caption “This song is about fully allowing yourself to appreciate a joyous moment when it’s there instead of bracing yourself for the fall. We often protect ourselves to not get hurt, and this song is a reminder and permission to soften into it and just really let things be good when they are good. Let that sun shine on your skin baby!” We can’t wait to see the corresponding music video for the summer anthem that’s apparently on the way! Moorea Masa also recently announced that she’ll be supporting Próxima Parada for a string of dates on tour this fall, including a stop at Portland’s Jack London Revue on November 10. (Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th, Fri Nov 10, 9 pm, $17, tickets here, 21+)
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Some upcoming music buzz to put on your radar.
Jackpot Records 25th Anniversary Celebration
[NOTE: Jackpot's 25th Anniversary will take place on Saturday, October 21 rather than September 2. Sorry for the preemptive alarm!—eds.]
While vinyl has been steadily growing in popularity over the last several years, it’s still not easy being in the business of selling physical copies of music. So it’s more than a little impressive when a record store can stick around for a couple decades or more. Jackpot Records, which Rolling Stone magazine once dubbed “one of the 10 best record stores in the US,” is celebrating 25 years of business with an all-day anniversary party on September 2 October 21. The store was launched by musician Isaac Slurarenko, and has grown into a place where you can hear live music sets while you shop, as well as being the home of the award-winning Jackpot record label, releasing rare gems by the likes of Mudhoney, Etta James, Nirvana, The Meters, and more. In addition to surprise guest DJs, and a free anniversary tee with purchase (while supplies last), the shop is offering 25 percent off all Jackpot Records releases. Be there or be square. (Jackpot Records, 3574 SE Hawthorne, Sat Oct 21, 11am - 6pm, FREE, all ages)