Monday, June 29, 2009

OK, It's Monday.

Keegan Smith

Monday is the most dreaded night in light life. But in Portland, it's pretty well taken care of between three regularly occurring events, which, by my calculations, would satisfy 89% of the over-21 crowd in this town.

Option 1 - Heavy Metal Lady's Night at Tube. DJ Nate C blasts bands like Voivod and Anvil in the hippest bar in town, while ladies drink at happy hour prices all night. This is where you are most likely to find me on a Monday.

Option 2 - Futuristic jazz with Dan Balmer's Go By Train at Jimmy Mak's. This is a classy sure thing if you want to take a date somewhere nice, have a drink with your parents or just feel civilized and listen to one of the best jazz guitarists there is.

Option 3 - Out of control dance party with Keegan Smith and the Fam at the Candlelight. While options one and two are respectable achievements for the weakest night of the week, this one is astounding. I just wrote an article that was in last Sunday's Oregonian, about how crazy the scene around this funk/rock/jazz/R&B band gets at this club every Monday. Want to bump and grind and pretend it's Saturday? This is the place to be. And it's right on the new MAX green line!

Image: Keegan Smith and Fam's CD release show last May. By Chris Ryan.

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