By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Karla Bonoff, Tash Sultana, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Great American Canyon Band swing through town
If you're looking for a break from the approximately 17 feet of rain we've had this winter, this week serves up some great shows.
The weekend gets off to a great start on Thursday as the Great American Canyon Band rolls into Portland's Duff Garage. Husband and wife Paul and Kris Masson form the core of the band and their latest release, "Only You Remain", came out last year. The album is a lush garden of sweeping harmonies, spacious reverb, and is a great piece work for a first full-length album. Tickets available at the door.
If you haven't heard of Tash Sultana, prepare to be amazed. The Australian 21-year old guitarist and vocalist has been making waves across the globe. A YouTube sensation, her on the fly loops, riffs, and punchy vocals are very, very catchy. Although her appearance at the Doug Fir on Friday has been sold old for quite some time, she will be returning to Portland Oct. 23 for a date at the Wonder Ballroom. Grab those tickets now, as this one will in all likelihood sell out.
On Saturday, the Doug Fir delivers once again with the Dead Winter Carpenters. The band is straight-up Americana and has drawn comparisons to Greensky Bluegrass and Hard Working Americans. Go check out their Jam in the Van to get a feel for their music and authenticity. Tickets for this one are still available.
The weekend wraps up with Karla Bonoff making a stop at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Sunday. I've always had a sweet spot for her music and have understood how she didn't quite reach the pinnacles of some of her contemporaries. Her live shows are intimate and the perfect showcase for her elegant vocals and lyrics. Limited tickets for this one are still available, but won't be for long.