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Bands and musicians that busk in the street can generally be split into two categories: the good ones exist on the "we-must-put-down-our-shopping-bags-and-listen-to-them" level, and the bad ones exist on the "oh-heck-I'll-give-them-whatever-change-is-in-my-pocket-since-I'd-rather-they-not-steal" level. Hailing from Victoria, B.C., The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is decidedly in the former category, playing gypsy-roots-folk-tango-Afro-psychedelic-soul-music both on stages and in the streets. TMO consists of: Ian Griffiths on lead vocals and accordion; Kurt Loewen on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick M'Gonigle on vocals, violin and mandolin; Peter Mynett on vocals and stand-up bass, and Paul Wolda on vocals and percussion. TMO will grace the streets of the Alberta Arts District this week.
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra at Last Thursday on Alberta Street, May 31. Info: www.lastthursdayonalberta.com, www.thetequilamockingbirdorchestra.com.
June 1, 2
Chaps stick to groove
With the May 13 death of Donald "Duck" Dunn, the music world lost a key piece of one of rock, pop and soul music's greatest bands, Booker T and The M.G.s. Fans of the band can start to dry their tears, however, because The Satin Chaps' new CD "Might I Suggest The Satin Chaps" is a Top 10's worth of fun, shaken 'n' stirred and mostly instrumental garage-soul dance tunes that evoke the spirit of the M.G.s, not to mention the Tijuana Brass and any number of European 1960s groove-popsters.
The Chaps octet includes current or former members of such Portland bands as The High Violets, FastComputers and the Dandy Warhols, as well as one hot horn section and B-3 organ.
The Satin Chaps, 6 p.m. Friday, June 1, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-231-8926, www.musicmillenium.com.
The Satin Chaps, The Suicide Notes, The Pynnacles, DJ Drew Groove, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Kenton Club, 2025 N. Kilpatrick St. Info: 503-285-3718, www.kentonclub.com.
June 1, 4
His struggle never ends
Portland singer-guitar-slinger Lloyd Jones may be a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, but he's no plaque sitting on some wall, he's a hardworking, funky, countrified bluesman who's written songs recorded by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Joe Louis Walker and Coco Montoya, jammed countless times with Delbert McClinton and performed with Stevie Ray Vaughn's Double Trouble. He's got a new CD called "Doin' What It Takes" and will share the stage with his band The Lloyd Jones Struggle, The Atlas Horns and singer LaRhonda Steele.
The Lloyd Jones Struggle and The Atlas Horns, LaRonda Steele, 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $25 reserved seating, $22 general admission. Info: 503-295-6542, www.jimmymaks.com.
Lloyd Jones, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, Muddy Rudder, 8105 S. E. Seventh Ave. Info: 503-233-4410, www.LloydJonesMusic.com.
Portland rapper Illmaculate has been twice crowned king at the World Rap Championships and was the youngest battler to win the Scribble Jam, at age 17 in 2004. A solo artist who also performs with rap collective Sandpeople, Illmaculate has one of the fastest brains on Earth (you just try holding your own with him in a rap battle -- it's easier to pass a calculus test than to improvise or recall rhymes on the spot in front of thousands of merciless fans as your competitor relentlessly insults you). Illmaculate has put his energy to work on his latest album "Skrill Talk."
Illmaculate, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Branx, 320 S.E. Second Ave. $7. All ages. Info: 503-234-5683, www.branxpdx.com.
On the corner of dance and dreamy
Formed in 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa, Andrew's Ave. relocated to Portland a couple of years to preach its gospel of jam-rock driven songs, complex vocal harmonies and jazz and funk influenced dance tunes. Like most jam bands, Andrew's Ave. is eclectic, drawing on pop, hip-hop and bluegrass for inspiration, and would please fans of Phish, String Cheese Incident and the endless groove inside all of us.
Andrew's Ave., 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $5. 21 and over. Info: 503-360-1450, www.thetabor.com.