By Ginger Caviness
Andy Madson leads namesake band & Rolling Stones tribute with musical attitude
Photo by Cary Ray
“I know it’s only rock and roll but I like it” echoes from 1969 to 2013. “Music is the vehicle in passion” that best describes Andy Madson.
A Portland, Ore., native, Madson was destined for the entertainment business. He started at Franklin High School in the ‘70s with his first rock band project and a constant comparison to Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. At age 19, his original song Givin’ You Lovin’ was played for the local radio station KGON. Madson’s fascination with the music industry has kept him a student of the craft. Splitting the difference between then and now, his musical attitude is as driven as ever.
With decades of experience as the favored “front man” for numerous bands throughout the Pacific Northwest including Ozone, Medusa, Fire Eye, Garden of Eden, Rolling Tones, Metal Shop and his namesake rock band MADSON, Madson continues to entertain like no other. He combines his signature vocal style with likeness and ease of David Coverdale, Ozzy Osborne and James Brown; he moves and sings like Jagger and continues to rock each event.
With the inception of tribute bands in 2012 reaching an all-time high, Madson was well ahead of the curve in 2007 as the Continue reading
By Jeff Shivers
Sean Holmes & 5 Guys Named Moe
(Photo by Bonnie Carter)
If dancing and live music is what you crave on Friday night, head out to Jantzen Beach and Hayden Island. Be sure to check out the Jantzen Beach Nightclub and Lounge where you can dance the night away to the hottest dance bands around.
Don’t miss 5 Guys Named Moe, a 12-piece horn-driven show band that will make your feet want to boogie ‘til you just can’t boogie no more. You get there by cutting through the lobby of the Red Lion on the River, where the back of the building opens up to reveal the restaurant and club. Both share a fabulous view of the Columbia River. The food is terrific and the service is excellent with prawns for appetizers and chocolate peanut butter cake for dessert. Who needs dinner? But if you must, there is an excellent selection of steaks, pasta or the seafood catch of the day for entrées.
After dinner, head over to the nightclub that features a most generously-sized dance floor and stage. The group 5 Guys Named Moe is an excellent example of the caliber of entertainment you will find at the Jantzen Beach Nightclub and Lounge. Their show is absolutely loaded with both lead and backup vocalists. You never know who will be stepping out front to take the lead on the next tune. This makes for an exciting evening of fun and entertainment.
Vocalist Sean Holmes has performed live with the Portland Jazz Orchestra also appeared at the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival and Portland Waterfront Blues Festival with Curtis Salgado. Holmes has done session work with Gino Vannelli and Patrick Lamb.
Next is Britney, an absolute powerhouse vocalist. Britney recently won the nationwide Sing Like Taylor Swift contest and Continue reading
By Ed Jordan
The elegant Trio Club, 909 N.E. Burnside, opening a few months ago, is now providing live music on Sundays starting at 7 p.m., to round out a full week of activities happening nightly.
This club (formerly the Galaxy) underwent a major transformation in internal and external architecture, reflective of a modern technology of light. It has the visual appeal of smoothness and curvature to the eye. Very impressive is the pastel neon colors that Continue reading
By Paul Kearney
Joe Satriani performed one of the best shows ever. After coming off the Chicken Foot Tour, he also played guitar in the original Montrose Band after Ronnie Montrose passed away. His drive-in sized screen showed multiple images of the Portland city skyline, as well as some Oregon woods and waterfalls.
By Paul Kearney
The cult of personality men was back to open for Joe Satriani’s new tour. Cory Glouck and company played many of their familiar songs including Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love classic. Their set was only 45-50 minutes. They are currently working on a new album.
By Paul Kearney
Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln city at the ocean has a great concert room. Every seat is a good seat and the rooms are moderately priced. The staff is very accommodating. Styx sold out two nights. They played all their classics including Lady, Blue Collar Man and Crystal Ball. Most of their tour dates are at casinos these days. Original members left include J.Y (guitar), Chuck Panazzo (bass). Panazzo plays three or four songs only.
By Ginger Caviness
In time for holiday planning, you are invited to experience the newly remodeled restaurant and lounge at the Holiday Inn, Wilsonville, Ore. Welcome BoonTown Bistro and Bar, also known as B3, located south of Portland, off I-5. With ample parking, this handsome northwest structure delivers a true destination property experience. With lodging, dining, sports and music, this property has it all. Please visit the website to view the entire re-design; www.boonetownbistroandbar.com.
The bistro offers a menu with many fine options, ranging from steaks to pastas; but the hands-down favorite of their guests is the halibut fish and chips, made with Hop Valley Double D Blonde Ale in the batter. Drink specials menu features a variety of different flavors and styles. For the month of November, they offer a Bacon Bleu Bloody Mary, featuring bacon flavor vodka and bleu cheese-stuffed olives. Continue reading
By Brad Morley
The Portland music scene was once based in clubs in the downtown area. It was convenient for some to head to the few blocks that make up Old Town and Chinatown and spend a night at the classic room Key Largo or head over to Satyricon to bang their heads. However, all things in life run in cycles; great clubs close and others open in their wake. One thing that never changes is Portland’s amazing live music fans.
As the city expands, homes sprawl into the west hills and move out to Hillsboro. The music business demands some entrepreneurs take a risk and open live music venues to give the new millennium baby boomers a place to relax and have Continue reading
By Gerry Villani
Left to right: Lew Jones, Ronnie Taylor, Tom Lund
(Photo by Gerry Villani)
Shades of ’60s bands Traffic, Mark-Almond and Blind Faith filled the homey atmosphere of the Bare Bones Cafe, the evening of Friday, Nov. 1. Lew Jones (guitar), Tom Lund (percussion) and saxophonist Ronnie Taylor set a mellow mood for patrons for a relaxing evening out.
Second guitarist Kathryn Grimm sat in to fill out the band for that gig as well. “We kind of mix it up,” says bandleader Jones, commenting on the group’s repertoire. He does original material and covers virtually the entire musical spectrum, including folk, jazz, rock and blues. “He has one of the strongest repertoires,” adds Lund, “I know we can play 10 nights without repeating any material.”
Jones adds, “I’ve played in St. Paul, Seattle, Boston, in all sizes of venues, big and small. He also teaches guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo around town, including classes at Mt. Hood and Portland Community Colleges for about 11 years. Asked about his students, Jones says the adults come from a wide variety of backgrounds and occupations.
Lund has done some teaching himself, after a 35-year career as an electronics technician with his own business. He Continue reading
By Kane Taylor
KJ Cheri (Photo by Kane Taylor)
One remarkable feature of the Spot 79 is the upholstered chairs on wheels. Not only are they very much more comfortable than the usual wooden chairs, they are easy to move. You can build your own custom seating arrangement for yourself and friends to be changed to something else for those who come in after you. There is also a smoking area, so everyone is accommodated.
Another delightful “plus” is the presence of a television screen at each booth! This is in addition to the ever-present big screen TVs throughout and the Karaoke lyric screen.
This night, the KJ was Cheri. She claimed to be a recent KJ hostess, but she ran the show in a way that made everyone feel welcome and treated fairly. She ran the Karaoke system with apparent ease and was always in touch visually and verbally with singers as their names lit up on the scrolling roster of the Karaoke screen.
The Karaoke books contained a surprisingly rich selection of tunes. This writer easily found four songs that are not always present in other Karaoke books. Most singers were quite good and in a good mood as well.
That’s one thing you will notice about the people who enjoy the Spot 79: They all seem to be happy (or at least politely patient) and act like good neighbors, not just people who live close by. When two men accidentally bumped into each Continue reading
By Kathleen Aker
Happy Thanksgiving PE&D readers, family and friends. Over the years, many different bands of all genres have been covered. This month features a tasty bi-lingual band called No Passengers. The band began in 2009, featuring Edgar Baltazar, Jorge Rodriguez, Edna Vasquez and Eddie Esparza.
New to the music scene, this hot, fresh band is already making waves. With a sound much like The Pixies, this band’s sound is a familiar one to the Northwest. Lead vocalist Vasquez’ edgy voice pulls you into their music one song after another. Their songs are short and sweet and all-original.