For the month of July, the Cedar Cultural Center is having a series of free shows. They're staged outside in the patio, so with the noise ordinance, their free shows usually ends pretty early (which is actually not that uncommon for the NPR-ish venue).
myspace) on July 15th. They had a girl singer (Karen Freire), who sounded a bit like shoegazing, but apparently was supposed to be bossa nova with synths.
And what are the chance that there was another local Buffalo band called Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo (myspace) was playing across the street that night at the Nomad World Pub?
You all know my theory about bands with repeating names, but simply put: it's catchy and easy to remember. That's why bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tapes N Tapes and Duran Duran are so popular. I suspect Buffalo3 will do well with their name, even though there are a few other bands in the States that are also called Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo.
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Wye Oak show last year.
As for the free shows for the Cedar, they include The Brass Kings with Purgatory Hill (West Bank Deep Blues Festival 7/22), Charlie Parr with Joe & Vicki Price (West Bank Deep Blues Festival 7/23), and Portland Cello Project (7/29). I'm mostly excited for PCP, and can't wait to hear them do Pantera again.
Finally, speaking of free, I will be making my way out again to Barbette Cafe's Bastille Day Block Party (7/18 - Tomorrow!)
Stage Line Up:
2:55 The Magnolias
3:45 Black Bondie
5:25 Eyedea & Abilities
6:25 Red Pens
8:15 Brass Messengers
Street entertainment by Infiammati Fire Circus, North Star Roller Girls, Spot Spa Hula Hoop Contest, Familia Skateshop, and Anthem Heart.