Geoff Byrd

6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, Barracuda

Portland singer-songwriter Geoff Byrd opens for Tex-Mex rock group Los Lonely Boys. Byrd grabbed local attention this year by winning the top prize on 'Gimme the Mike,' KGW (8)'s version of 'American Idol.' KRSK (105.1 FM) 'the Buzz' is sponsoring the free show.

9 N.W. Second Ave., 503-223-1441, free

The Gourds

9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, Dante's

The alternative country-rock band the Gourds are an active part of the Austin, Texas, music scene. Appearing with them is Portland's Power of Country.

1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $12; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges


'Black Panthers 1968'

Tuesday, Jan. 4-Feb. 20, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College

Reed College celebrates Black History Month with photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones. The photos, taken in 1968 in and around the Oakland, Calif., headquarters of the organization, contrast with mass media images of the time, which depicted the Panthers as thugs and dangerous subversives.

3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-777-7574

Ñ Compiled by Rowda Skinner