- Barbara Mitchell
- Portland Tribune - Features
Portland-area live music shows.
Legendary guitarist Robin Trower has added his illustrious touch to such notable acts as Procol Harum and Bryan Ferry but is best known for fronting his own scorching blues-rock combo.
Trower rose to prominence in the 1970s, earning comparisons to Jimi Hendrix for his electrifying guitar playing.
While his profile has waned in recent years, he's remained an active participant in music and promises to deliver out-of-this-world musicianship.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 16, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-224-2038, $28.50-$40
Sound vs. Hunger
An eclectic assortment of local musicians have banded together to fight hunger in our own backyard.
Auralust, Right On John, Don't Trust Triston, Raging Angel, Another Fine Crisis, Tina S. Marie and Blood Dried Black will perform at the Gravity Room, across West Burnside Street from one of our city's busiest homeless shelters.
Sound vs. Hunger is an ongoing effort to raise money for local shelters and soup kitchens, with shows taking place twice a year.
If you can't make it, there are donation drop boxes for canned food set up in various downtown businesses, such as neighboring Voodoo Doughnut.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 16, the Gravity Room, 6 S.W. Third Ave., $8
Mission of Burma, 50 Foot Wave
Throwing Muses vocalist (and recent Portland transplant) Kristin Hersh shows off her tougher side with 50 Foot Wave. While primarily known for her haunting and uniquely abstract vocals and songwriting in the Muses and as a solo artist, Hersh is equally at home fronting a ferocious rock band. In fact, her distinctive voice takes on an increased sense of urgency.
Post-punk pioneers Mission of Burma headline the show, sounding as fresh and energetic today as they did 20-some years ago.
It's guaranteed to be a loud one - earplugs recommended.
9 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 16, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $15
You know you're onto something special when no one seems to pick the same adjectives, influences or genre categories to describe a relatively unknown songwriter.
In Quincy Coleman's case, she's been compared to Dwight Yoakam, Norah Jones, Chris Isaak and Portishead, among others. She's also been praised by Dolly Parton and favored by influential Los Angeles radio tastemaker KCRW.
Her unique blend of classic songwriting, buoyant melodies and spirited performance makes her instantly memorable and utterly beguiling. You'll be hearing much more from this talented songbird.
9 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 16, Buffalo Gap, 6835 S.W. Macadam Ave., 503-244-7111, free
Pato Banton's positive, pop-oriented approach to reggae should make his Portland appearance less a performance than a multigenerational celebration of good vibrations.
After taking the past few years off to focus his efforts on reaching out to youths in his native Birmingham, England, Banton has returned to the stage re-energized, with the mission of spreading positivity through the power of music.
While the groove is timeless, the message carries increased relevance today.
8:30 p.m. SUNDAY, Sept. 17, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8686, $15, all ages
Unlike a lot of their jam-band brethren, the five musicians in Moe build their material around strong songwriting - letting the improvisational aspect of the live performance flesh out the songs rather than guide them.
The approach has earned the band a substantial and devoted following, three Jammy awards, multiple appearances at the influential Bonnaroo Festival and a reputation as a must-see live act.
With influences ranging from bluegrass and country to jazz and rock, and a seamless musical camaraderie built over more than a decade of touring, each Moe show is a unique spectacle in its own right.
9 p.m. SUNDAY, Sept. 17, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $20-$25, all ages