April 29

The Night Is Young
Six local shows in three days greet dawning of new month

Let me first welcome May by wishing these randomly selected musicians and one famous housekeeper a very happy birthday. They were all born during the first week of May, and I salute them: Ray Parker Jr. (Who you gonna call?), Lily Allen, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lesley Gore, Christopher "Oh, the canvas can do miracles" Cross, Tammy Wynette and, last but not least, Ann. B. Davis (as in Alice).

On the local front, please join me in wishing our very own Zach Jones (Saturday) and Darien Brahms (Sunday) happy birthdays as well. In between all the cake and candles, I've got six -- that's right, six -- shows to tell you about, and they all can set your world on fire if you let them.

Three days of local live music are going down at Empire starting tonight, and all proceeds will fund a new local music TV show. I don't have much in the way of details about the show, but I can tell you that the lineups for all three nights are fantastic. Thursday night it's Sly-Chi, Holy Boys Danger Club and Run. Come back Friday for Lost on Liftoff, Grand Hotel and Sophomore Beat. On Saturday, it's Pete Kilpatrick, Zach Jones and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Be there one night or pick up a three-day pass. Cool.

Shipyard Presents: Live + Local. 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland. Ages 21 and older. Call 879-8988 for ticket information.

When I heard that Trevor Hall was chosen by MTV as one of the 20 emerging artists for 2010 in its "Subway Fresh Buzz" campaign, I wasn't impressed because I haven't cared about MTV since Martha Quinn left. However, upon listening to Hall's songs "Unity," "31 Flavors" and especially "Lime Tree" at, I realized that maybe, just maybe, those people at MTV know what they're talking about.

Hall released his debut self-titled album on the Vanguard label last year and has logged about a zillion road miles with Matisyahu, Colbie Caillat, and Michael Franti and Spearhead. After this current string of solo spring dates, he'll join Jimmy Cliff on tour come July. Hall's no stranger to the road -- his touring days started at age 17. For a South Carolina-born Californian who is still only 23, Hall's voice and music have got it going on in a huge way with reggae influences and social awareness to spare.

Trevor Hall. 9 p.m. Saturday. The Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland. Ages 21 and older. Tickets available at Bull Moose locations