• The Dap-Kings are doing a special DJ set at Everyday Music before the Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings show at the Crystal Ballroom next week. On Tuesday, April 1, members of the Dap-Kings will be DJing at the downtown Everyday Music (1313 W Burnside)—that's right across the street from the Crystal—beginning at 5:30 pm. The event is free.
• Also playing the Crystal Ballroom in the coming days are Big Head Todd and the Monsters, but before their concert on Saturday, March 29, they'll be at Rock Bottom Brewery (206 SW Morrison) for an acoustic set and Q&A. That's at 4 pm on Saturday afternoon; it sounds like the band is visiting a bunch of different outposts at the Rock Bottom chain on this tour. They are also touting something called a Black Beehive cocktail, which is apparently a shot of that Jack Daniel's Honey stuff dropped in a Rock Bottom Specialty Dark Beer.FearNoMusic have announced Kenji Bunch as their next artistic director. The composer, a Portland native, replaces the modern classical ensemble's previous artistic director, Paloma Griffin Hébert, who steps down at the end of this season. To mark Bunch's inauguration, FearNoMusic will hold a concert of his music at the Alberta Rose Theatre on April 18.
• My Voice Music is opening a new performance and recording space 931 SE 6th. The nonprofit, geared toward involving youth in music, is hosting an open house on Thursday, April 3 at 5-8 pm, with performances by students, and the next season of workshops and classes begins on April 14. There's more info on My Voice Music's site.
• Vortex Music Magazine's Kickstarter campaign is under way. The nascent local music magazine, founded by Chris Young (Oregon Music News) and David Mosher (Art Media), is hoping to raise $10,000 to fund its first print issue, which will then continue bi-monthly in runs of 10,000 and more. There's lots more info about the effort over on Vortex's Kickstarter page, including a mockup of a print issue.
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