I arrived in Portland by train Wednesday afternoon, starting another chapter in this magical, wonderful town. Living and working in the Caribbean was fascinating, but only Portland feels like home.

I skipped First Thursday; my first few nights in town have been given to housemate-reacquainting time. There are so many options in this town… enough people, events, and projects to occupy me ten times over. I look forward to exploring my new neighborhood and city— and growing the webzine along the way.


This is a tough choice, but my decision for Saturday night comes down to proximity. I only heard of Charles Bradley & Suggie Otis earlier tonight, and Bradley is a welcomed fresh voice in my ongoing return to the blues. It’s feels like going to church after a long time gone. Check out the sweet piece by The Mercury’s Andrew Tonry on his own blues redemption.

Crystal Ballroom * $25 * all ages *  doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.

Instead of the blues show, I will be attending the Spy vs Spy burlesque showcase—  because it’s within walking distance and I got the invitation first. Hooray for PDX artistry and dance.

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The Analog Cafe, 720 Hawthorne * $10 * 21+ * doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.