There's a fair amount of good stuff going on this week, but there's one must-see show that's head and shoulders above the rest. It's the School of Rock's "Best! of Portland 2" show, the long-awaited sequel to last year's show that paired students from the Portland chapter of the School of Rock with musicians from local bands. It's going to be amazing, watching kids play songs with members of the local bands who originally performed those songs, and to make things better it's a benefit for Music in the Schools, which raises money for music education in local high schools, and PROWUS—which supports performance-based rock programs in the area. It all goes down Friday night at 8 pm at the Crystal Ballroom (1332 W Burnside), and there's lots more info about the event here.
But just take a look at the list of participating bands, each of which will have members on hand to play with the School of Rock kids: Red Fang, Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Typhoon, Radiation City, Brainstorm, Lost Lander, Portugal. The Man, Laura Gibson, The Mean Jeans, AU, Lovers, Wild Ones, Sons of Huns, Magic Mouth, Blouse, Sloths, 1939 Ensemble, Guantanamo Baywatch, Autistic Youth.
I asked School of Rock's Danielle Fish and Ed Thanhouser to tell us more about this incredible event, which will be awesomer than a bull stampeding across an alien landscape, and which you absolutely should not miss. Seriously. Do not miss this show.