One of the best things you can do on a Monday night in Portland is to head on down to Jimmy Mak’s to listen to guitarist Dan Balmer and whatever incarnation of his group is performing. Not only is the music stupendous, it’s also free. That’s right, free! No cover at Jimmy Mak’s on Monday nights.

Dan Balmer has long been considered one of the finest guitarists, composers, and educators in the Northwest. In 2009 Dan became one of only five Oregonians to be honored with membership in both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame. He is the youngest person to be included in both Halls, and is hailed by the Los Angeles Times as, “the model of what a contemporary guitarist should be.

For free, people. Monday nights at Jimmy Mak’s. Did I mention it was free?

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