Sunday, October 22, 2006

This weekend's musical accident!

I headed out to the Alberta Street Public House tonight for the first time with a friend of mine. I can't believe I'd never been to this place. It's a very charming little english/irish style pub which is apparently divided into two spaces when there's live music, one half being given over to the show, with no bar, and the other half retaining the function of pub. We went into the pub half to grab a couple pints and an order of fries, which according to Barfly magazine are some of the best in Portland. They were better than average, though far too skinny. Before the fries arrived, the last musician to go on, Seattle's Camille Bloom, came over into our half of the pub to invite us over to check out her set for a $2 donation in lieu of the cover charge. We missed most of her performance due to the enormity of the pile of fries which eventually showed up, but we managed to catch her last three songs. The basic idea seemed to be fairly aggressive DiFrancoesque folk. She handled her guitar well, and sang, with a very strong and clear voice, songs of unrequited lust and interpersonal struggle. She also covered "Sunglasses At Night." Good stuff.


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