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Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

A monthly collection of musical highlights in our fair city

November’s name comes from the word “novem’ meaning nine, as November was the ninth month in the Roman calendar. November was also called ‘wind month’ by the Anglo-Saxons as it often was the time when the winds began to blow and winter began. It may be too early to talk about winter coming to Portland but this month certainly brings in a bunch of good music to our lovely town.

Sera Cahoone
From our neighbors up north comes the sweet sounds of Sera Cahoone, a songstress whose country tinged folk rock tugs at the heartstrings and makes you smile at the same time. Touring in support of her new album Deer Creek Canyon, see why critics and fans alike are calling her an artist not to miss. Portland’s own psychedelic folk band The Parson Red Heads and harmonic trio Desert Noises open.
Thurs., Nov. 1, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside Street, Portland, 9pm

Siren Nation Festival
The mission of Siren Nation is to highlight the many achievements of women in the arts and one of the ways they do so is through a music festival November 8-11 at various venues throughout Portland. Check out their website at for a complete calendar of events including performances by award-winning singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot (Nov. 9), indie-country folk darling Jolie Holland (Nov. 10) and the haunting and catchy Mynabirds (Nov. 11).
Thurs., Nov. 8 through Sun., Nov. 11, various venues, times vary

Loch Lomond and Black Prairie
Portland’s own Loch Lomond blends the distinct vocals of Ritchie Young with the unique symphonic chamber pop sounds of the talented band that surrounds him. Their latest release is a five-song EP entitled White Dresses. Fans of Colin Meloy and The Decemberists will likely love this band. And speaking of The Decemberists, guitarist Chris Funk and bassist Nate Query have a side project called Black Prairie. It’s fun and it’s bluegrass and they open for Loch Lomond so you’re in for a double bill of awesome no matter what.
Fri., Nov. 30, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, 9pm

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