3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.
[AMERICANA IDOL] All That for This, Crystal Bowersox's sophomore effort, isn't what we'd ordinarily call a "Portland" album—roots are only teased while inviting local vets for session work, barely making up for the Jakob Dylan duet—but any folk-pop collection so perfectly tailored to a songstress's considerable charms of delivery seems a significant step forward from her contractually obligated assembly-line debut. Admirable enough that she switched from Jive to world-music label Shanachie, American Idol contestants—especially the rare female finalist who had an original song played mid-season—aren't supposed to choose indieville after finding fame. That's generally when the star-search bait moves away. A belated but hearty welcome to the new Portlander, congratulations for embracing her own distinct approach and, er, the best of luck with the imminent stint as Patsy Cline on Broadway.
Where: Aladdin Theater
Address: 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.