It’s a busy, busy Friday night with ton of shows going on. Here’s the rundown:
Tonight at Shea Riley’s, Members of the Press are celebrating their CD release show, made doubly special as it will be one of the final MOTP performances before frontman Randy Cotton moves to the Portland area. He says he fell in love with the PNW (that’s Pacific Northwest for you Midwestern types) after visiting his girlfriend there on a monthly basis. “I have been out here before on tour, but I never got to spend much time in Portland, until recently. I feel like there is a lot of opportunity for me in the area, so I’m gonna check it out for a while,” Cotton said. “As soon as I get settled in, my brother Barry (other bassist in MOTP) is going to spend some time out here. If he likes it, he will most likely move here, too.” As part of this special night, there will be a short set by Cotton and Mike Saklar’s old band, Ravine. And on top of that, Saklar’s new band, No Blood Orphan will play a set. And if that weren’t enough, there will be a set by Killdozer tribute band Shoeshine Boys. The $10 cover will get you a copy of MOTP’s new CD. Cotton is encouraging costuming. Do what you feel is right. 9:30, $10, Shea’s, 320 So. 72nd St.
Also tonight, it’s time to welcome back the The Pomonas at O’Leaver’s. The Lawrence indie dudes will likely be unveiling some new material from an upcoming album. Also on the O’Leaver’s dance card are The Black Squirrels and irresistible Omaha folkie Bill Latham a.k.a. Bill Donuts. $5, 9:30 p.m. No mention of costumes this time. Good.
Also tonight, two Benson-area folk-rock shows, starting with new band Hyannis at The Foundry in Benson (60th Ave and Maple, to be precise). 8 p.m. and FREE. Also in Benson, singer-songwriters Kyle Harvey and The Scott Severin Band are at The Barley Street Tavern, just 1/2 block south of 62nd and Maple. That one’s at 9 p.m. and also is FREE.
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