Seattle's Peruvian ensemble the De Cajón Project is a six-piece music and poetry group showcasing the cultural contribution of Peruvians of African descent. De Cajón will be on hand to celebrate Peruvian Independence Day, at a party featuring traditional Peruvian food as well.
De Cajón, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Andina Restaurant, 1314 N.W. Glisan St. $65 admission includes three-course dinner. Info: 503-228-9535, andinarestaurant.com.
July 28, 29
Kids are all right
Portland's wildly fun March Fourth Marching Band has been running a summer camp this week, The Joy Now Arts Project, dedicated to empowering youth through music and performance arts at Imago Dei Community Church. You can check out how the students have been doing when they march down Alberta Street for the neighborhood's monthly Last Thursday party. The students will perform four songs at the parade's conclusion. You can also check them out Friday afternoon, and both performances are free, so come out and support a great band and a great educational effort.
March Fourth Marching Band Joy Now Arts Project, marching from Northeast 28th Avenue and Alberta Street at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, to Northeast 20th and Alberta.
3 p.m. Friday, July 29, Laurelhurst Whole Foods, 2825 E. Burnside St. Info: joynowproject.org.
A native of our fair neighbor to the north, Washington State, Brandi Carlile has spent the last half decade or so combining a variety of musical styles into a pleasant, listenable blend of acoustic-flavored ballads, rock 'n' roll and folk-pop. Her appeal lies in her easy-on-the ears voice, her casual laidback dress and her simple and direct lyrics that can pick you up when you're down or make you think just a little bit differently about your friends, your lovers or your short time here on this Earth.
Brandi Carlile, Ivan and Alyosha, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Oregon Zoo Amphitheater, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road. $26. Info: 800-745-3000, oregonzoo.org.
To and Fro
Salem's Jon Fro is a terse lyricist who plays melodic folk, rock and blues, and is releasing his third album 'Been on a Journey.' He has a strong baritone voice and can definitely pluck the strings on his guitar, and his song arrangements remind one a bit of Neil Young, tending toward the introspective and edgy. And Lawd help us, he seems to have an inner Axl Rose trying to get out, or maybe Axl really wants to be Fro but he just can't shake his appetite for destruction.
Jon Fro, Jamin and other acts, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Hawthorne Theatre, 3862 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $9 in advance, $12 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100, hawthornetheatre.com.
Aug. 5, 6, 7
Now in its 13th year, Pickathon has grown into one of the nation's finest indie roots music festivals, featuring bluegrass, blues, acoustic rock 'n' roll, country, soul and just about anything else Lady Gaga wouldn't be caught dead singing, which is about the highest compliment you can pay. If you've been there, you know just how much fun it can be, with thousands of friendly folks dancing on the grass and whooping it up as each act, from rowdy to reflective, takes the stage. If you haven't been there, you're missing out on one of the best feel-good festivals this area has to offer. The lineup includes gospel legend Mavis Staples, Eric D. Johnson's critically acclaimed Fruit Bats, and The Sadies, one of America's best rock 'n' roll bands, period. Other acts include Lee Fields and The Expressions, Grupo Fantasma, The Builders and The Butchers, Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps, Breathe Owl Breathe, Dawn Landes and Eilen Jewell.
Pickathon, Friday, Aug. 5, Saturday, Aug. 6, Sunday, Aug. 7, Pendarvis Farm, 16581 S.E. Hagen Road, Happy Valley. Ticket prices vary. Info: pickathon.com.