The Mid-Week Beat: Marco Collins Documentary, Bonnie Prince Billy, Cloud Cult, Shook Twins and more!

283488-250Hey there music fans! Welcome to another Mid-Week Beat.

I was perusing our music listings this week and was blown away by all the great shows we got coming up around the country this weekend. As a result, I thought it’d be wise to feature a little smattering of some of them.

The majority of these are celebrated singer/songwriters and that’s appropriate since today just happens to be some pretty legendary songwriters’ birthdays, namely John Lennon, who would have been 73 today and, strangely enough, his son Sean Lennon, who turns 38 today. Also, John Entwistle, songwriter and bass player for The Who would have been 69, PJ Harvey turns 44, Al Jourgensen of Ministry is 55 today, James Fearnley of The Pogues turns 59, Jackson Browne turns 65 and though not technically a songwriter, legendary 1960s French-pop singer France Gall turns 66 today.

So, in celebration of great songwriters and great music, check out these upcoming events:

Friday, October 11

The Glamour & The Squalor Benefit ConcertSeattle, Washington

Come enjoy an evening of Northwest music curated by legendary Seattle DJ, Marco Collins. Marco was a DJ for 107.7FM “The End” (KNDD) radio station here in Seattle during the grunge explosion of the early 90s and is responsible for catapulting the careers of many of the bands from that era. He is considered by many to be the last great commercial DJ and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Attendees will get an exclusive sneak peak of The Glamour & The Squalor, a documentary film about Marco. This will be the only opportunity to preview scenes from the film before it premieres in 2014.

The show will be hosted by El Vez, the Mexican Elvis and will feature live performances by Mary Lambert, The Young Evils, Sean Nelson (The Long Winters/Harvey Danger), Fences (feat. Jen Ghetto of Carissa’s Wierd), Nacho Picasso, Tilson XOXO, Ra Scion & Daniel Blue (motopony), IG88, Ruler and DJ Action Jackson (Fly Moon Royalty). There will also be an art exhibit by P Smoov (Fresh Espresso/Mad Rad) and Danny Bland will read from his new book In Case We Die.


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BPT’S Favorite Venues: The Woods

We ticket shows for the Portland, Oregon venue The Woods and I gotta say, I’m a little envious of Portlanders for having such a cool and unique venue in their town.

The Woods is located in a former funeral parlor in the historic Sellwood neighborhood in Southeast Portland. It’s a mission-style building built in 1929 and booker Jeremy Hadley is doing a great job of getting acts that fit the beautiful, serene elegance that this venue exudes. Their website describes the atmosphere as “part club-house, part secret society” and that “patrons will feel they have stumbled upon another world: candle-lit, eccentric yet stately.” Performances take place in a beautiful chapel area but there are also several smaller lounges and outdoor seating, including a covered smoking “salon.” They have a full bar and a simple, affordable cafe menu and it looks like they also have Karaoke, stand-up comedy, and movie screenings scheduled on non-musical performance nights.
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