The places to be in the next week in Portland and beyond for local and national music acts - including Fernando, Chanticleer and The Oregon Symphony

COURTESY IMAGE - Elton John is going on a three-year farewell tour and stopping in Portland in January 2019.Elton John

Elton John is bidding goodbye to the road, but not before going on an epic, three-year "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, which includes a Jan. 12, 2019, concert at the Moda Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, cost $49.50-$224.50, and are available at and elsewhere.

The tour starts in the United States on Sept. 8, reaches Europe in April 2019, Asia in November 2019, and Australia in December 2019 and into 2020. Then, it's South America in March 2020, Europe and the United Kingdom in late 2020, and North America in 2021.

He'll have toured for more than 50 years at the conclusion of 2021.

John has 38 gold records and 31 platinum and multiplatinum albums, more than 50 top-40 hits, and has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. His "Candle in the Wind 1997" single sold more than 33 million copies, the biggest-selling single of all time.


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

• Portland songwriter Fernando headlines a benefit show at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Trujillo and Edna Vazquez also perform. Tickets: $15, $15-$20 day of show,

• Superstar Katy Perry performs at the Moda Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, on her "Witness" tour. It appears tickets are still available — $50-$150, $20 parking,

• Presented by Friends of Chamber Music, the famous 12-men chorus Chanticleer is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. "Heart of a Soldier" is the program, and it's about soldiering, the pageantry of war, the absurdity of battle, the loves left behind, and the hope for peace. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Kaul Auditorium/Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.,, $30.

• The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Arnie Roth and featuring the Portland State University Chamber Choir, performs in "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy," playing music from the video game series "Final Fantasy," composed by Nobuo Uematsu. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $25.

Well, dang

A lot of shows sell out. We'll occasionally try to alert you to 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.

In shows at Revolution Hall, it's John Hiatt and The Goners (Feb. 2) and Beth Hart and her "Fire on the Floor" tour (Feb. 3), but both are sold out.


Buy your tickets soon ...

• Dark Star Orchestra, which plays Grateful Dead music and simulates sets from the great band, performs at the Roseland Theater Feb. 9-10. For more:

• Grammy Award-winning Chris Stapleton and his "All-American Road Show" tour stop at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash., on July 20. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at

• Phish has announced its summer tour, which stops at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., July 20-22. Tickets go on sale at noon Feb. 10 at

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