By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // John Mayer, Rich Layton and the Troublemakers, Pimps of Joytime and how to turn yourself into a vinyl record
Looking at the calendar and cannot believe it says March. Not sure how that happened, but it does mean the days are getting longer and there's plenty going on to get you out and about.
In the spirt of spring finally springing, here's what has caught our ears and eyes lately.
Friday night, I'll be at the Crystal Ballroom checking out Pimps of Joytime, led by Brian J. They've got funk-a-plenty to go around, meshing New Orleans, contemporary R&B, and some hip-hop elements to create a righteous groove that will get your feet moving.
Their new album drops on March 24 and is titled "Third Wall Chronicles". It will feature several well known artists, including Ivan Neville from Dumpstaphunk laying down some keys on the track Mud.
Appearing with Pimps of Joytime on Friday will be Portland's own MarchFourth as they head into the weekend celebrating their 14th Anniversiary. The band also will have a special family friendly mtinee gig on Saturday at the Crystal, followed by a 21+ show that night.
If you're not up for heading downtown Friday night, another option would be to hit O'Connors to catch Rich Layton and the Troublemakers with special guest Jon Koonce. The evening should be a great throw down of rockabilly, swamp rock, country, and honky tonkin'.
A member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Koonce certainly knows his way around a guitar. I saw him perform with Layton a couple weeks ago and the two are a great fit style-wise. Koonce has just released his 13th album, titled "The Lost Cause".
Advance tickets for the 7:00pm show are available. O'Connors is located at 785 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, 97219.
John Mayer announced more dates for his "The Search for Everything" tour this week that includes a Portland stop at the Moda Center on Saturday, July 22. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 4, at 10:00am.
Mayer pulled off a pretty funny bit last night on Jimmy Kimmel, appearing in disguise as a washed-up artist known as Hank Knutely. He came out of his disguise to perform Still Feel Like Your Man, a track from the second of three EPs Mayer is releasing in front of a larger release on April 14.
Yes, that's right, you can now turn yourself into a fully functional vinyl album. The only catch is that you have to be dead.
A United Kingdom company called Andvinyl will press your cremated ashes into a set of 30 vinyl albums to be distributed however you'd like. Each side of the fully functional album will hold 12 minutes of audio of your choosing. Packages start around $4,000 U.S.
While Stairway to Heavan would seem to be an obvious cut to include, I think I'll go with the Doors version of The End.