- Barbara Mitchell
- Portland Tribune - Features
'80s recreated: Def Leppard and Poison
The 1980s may go down in musical history as an era of rampant excess, but the radio-friendly hard rock that epitomized that time still sounds a lot better pouring out of car speakers than any emo band. Two of the era's heroes - Poison and Def Leppard - are sharing the stage Friday night, and while both bands' heyday may have passed, their crowd-pleasing ear candy still tastes sweet. Don't forget your lighter.
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Amphitheater at Clark County, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield, 360-816-7000, $25-$99.50 or $75 for lawn four-pack, all ages
Three-way street: Crosby, Stills and Nash
There's nothing like playing music for four decades together to establish a truly magical chemistry. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have an enviable, seemingly effortless ability to meld their voices into immaculate and perfect harmonies - a feat that has definitely influenced modern acts such as the Fleet Foxes. Saturday night's show at Edgefield is an excellent opportunity to sit back and soak in their beautiful synergy.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., 503-669-8610, $47-$75, all ages
Country music always has thrived on its everyman, inclusive vibe - but even Keith Urban's rockstar good looks and highly publicized marriage to Nicole Kidman don't take away from the accessibility and widespread appeal of his music. On his latest album, 'Defying Gravity,' Urban again establishes himself as one of the most approachable and believably vulnerable country stars out there. Tabloid life may not be something the rest of us can understand, but human frailty is a universal language.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Rose Garden Arena, One Center Court, 877-789-7673, $20-$59.50, all ages
Teen queen Miley Cyrus kicks off the tour for her new album here in Portland. If the lead single, 'Party In The U.S.A.,' is any indication, 'The Time Of Our Lives' sees Hannah Montana continue to grow up in front of our eyes. Maybe it's growing up in the spotlight, but Cyrus has an uncanny knack for coming across much older than her tender years. As a teenager, she's an unstoppable blend of tough and tender; slick pro and goofy girl - someone everyone, it seems, can relate to.
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, Rose Garden Arena, One Center Court, 877-789-7673 $39.50-$79.50, all ages
R and B
Doctor John and the Lower 911
If you can't manage to scrounge up the cash for a vacation, don't fret. The good Doctor John is here to deliver his potent brand of New Orleans R and B, tempered with a hefty dose of voodoo. Spooky and groovy, his gravely voice and swamp-tinged music conjures up the beauty and terror of his native soil, promising a remedy for whatever it is that ails you. Of course, 'The Nite Tripper' prefers to travel the dark alleys and backwaters rather than the well-lighted (and liquored) swath of Bourbon Street. This is soul music, after all - not party music.
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-224-2038, $35 reserved balcony, $20 general admission
Some things - like that embarrassing high school haircut - seemed like a much better idea at the time. Thankfully, the Psychedelic Furs have withstood the test better than the penny loafers and parachute pants that prevailed in their heyday. Raw, immediate and just the right amount of dangerous, this seminal band is no mere nostalgia act. Songs like 'Pretty In Pink' and 'Love My Way' sound remarkably fresh, and Richard Butler consistently proves himself to be one of the best frontmen in modern rock.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $30, all ages