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The places to be in the next week in Portland and beyond for local and national music acts - including Del McCoury, Kristin Andreassen and A Perfect Circle

COURTESY: LAURA CROSTA - Kristin Andreassen returns for a concert in her hometown of Hillsboro, Dec. 1.
Billy Joel

Well, even though it's sold out, we'd be remiss without reminding fans that Billy Joel will be performing at the Moda Center on Friday, Dec. 8.

It's been 10 years since Joel performed in Portland.

He's sold more than 150 million records and sports 33 top-40 hits. He's the sixth best-selling artist of all time, and he's the third best-selling solo artist. He's also won six Grammy Awards.

So, unless you know somebody with a ticket to give you, maybe you can listen to one of his CDs at about 8 p.m. Dec. 8 to celebrate?

Highlights

Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):

• Del McCoury's bluegrass music has definded authenticity for more than 50 years. He's a living link when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honky tonks, schoolhouse shows and the Grand Ole Opry. He and his band, on their "Get on the Bus" tour, perform at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Tickets: $39.50, $42 day of show, www.aladdin-theater.com.

• Returning home from Nashville, Hillsboro native and singer-songwriter Kristin Andreassen is joined by Jon Neufield, guitarist for Black Prairie and The Decemberists, for a show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Her latest album is "Gondolier." Tickets: $15, $20 day of show, www.kristinandreassen.brownpapertickets.com.

• The Old Church's Minor Key Concert Series presents Eric Stern, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets: $12, $15 day of show, www.brownpapertickets.com. Famous in these parts, Stern, founder and leader of Vagabond Opera, is an operatic tenor, accordionist, pianist, oudist, composer and consummate showman. The Minor Key Concert Series showcases top singer-songwriters. The Old Church is located at 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.

• A Perfect Circle, featuring Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan, play the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets: $39-$75, $17 parking, www.rosequarter.com.

• Silversun Pickups, with special guest Minus the Bear, plays its rescheduled gig (from Nov. 1) at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Tickets: $37.50, $40 day of show, www.crystalballroompdx.com.

Well, dang

A lot of shows sell out. We'll occasionally try to alert you to certain events that don't have tickets for sale anymore, which would allow you to ask — bother? — friends to take you, or evaluate the secondary market.

The English Beat will perform Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Aladdin Theater. It's sold out.

The Lumineers also play in Portland, Dec. 4, at the Crystal Ballroom, but it's sold out.

Upcoming

Buy your tickets soon ...

• Touring in support of "New World Arisin'," the band's 11th full-length LP, Big Head Todd & The Monsters play Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. The band marks its 30th year together. Tickets: $35, www.revolutionhall.com.

• The Killers are coming, playing the Moda Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $39-$59, www.rosequarter.com.

• Portland bluesman Curtis Salgado, wrapping up a year in which he returned after heart bypass surgery, joins the show at Patrick Lamb's sixth annual New Year's Eve Governor's Ball at The Sentinal Hotel, Dec. 31. For more: www.joyrx.org.

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