Sept. 3 to 11
Our town and our neighbor to the north, Seattle, both offer great festivals in the coming days. Seattle will host Bumbershoot this weekend, and a sizable contingent of Portland bands will be there, including AgesandAges, Caleb Klauder Country Band, Emancipator, MarchFourth Marching Band, Natasha Kmeto, Nice Nice, Red Fang, Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside, STRFKR, The Great Mundane and YACHT.
In Portland, the Willamette Week's MusicFestNW next week offers a ridiculous rich menu of musical delights at various venues around town as well as Pioneer Square. The lineup includes Archers of Loaf, Butthole Surfers, Blind Pilot, Talkdemonic, OFF!, Alela Diane, Viva Voce, Richmond Fontaine, Mean Jeans, Monarques, Violet Isle, Mnemonic Sounds, Hawkeye and Fernando.
Bumbershoot, Seattle Center, Saturday, Sept. 3 to Monday, Sept. 5. Info: www.bumbershoot.org
MusicFestNW, Portland, Wednesday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 11. Info: www.musicfestnw.com.
Street to studio
If you've been down around Pioneer Courthouse Square any number of times over the past couple of years, you've probably stumbled across All the Apparatus, a wonderfully fun circus-rock-meets-avant-garde 11-piece band whose members have entertained thousands of folks on our streets. The group is about to release a new self-titled CD produced by David Eaton who's worked with Polyphonic Spree. Eaton's ears seem to have captured the irrepressible spirit of the band's music, a delightfully demented mix of jazz, klezmer and folk rock as sung by gleefully high cheerleaders.
All the Apparatus, 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave. Info: 503-248-1030, www.ataband.com.
If you know your Portland jazz, you know Carey Campbell, who's spent more than two decades spreading the gospel of her chosen music. Campbell began her professional career as a featured performer with Jazz Train, and also led her own quartet and sang in the Leroy Vinnegars group. As a jazz radio announcer, she's interviewed many of the greats and hosted countless jam sessions and jazz events. And she's got a real sweet voice as well, that flows effortlessly over brushed drums and walking bass lines.
Carey Campbell, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, Heathman Restaurant and Bar, 1001 S.W. Broadway. Free. Info: 503-790-7752, www.heathmanrestaurantandbar.com.
During the past decade, we've seen more and more stripped down duos and trios in the world of rock 'n' roll. For one thing, it's cheaper to tour with just two musicians rather than five or six, and for another, stripping down can actually mean expanding the possibilities of your sound, since the rules aren't as clear as they are when dealing with a traditional bass-guitars-drum lineup. Case in point, The Kills, British guitarist Jamie Hince and Yankee singer Alison Mosshart. This garagey-punky-bluesy duo is just plain raw and sexy, in part because Hince's primal string bending is the perfect complement to Mosshart's world-worn vocals. This is what the end of rock 'n' roll sounds like, so put on your leather jacket, light up a cigarette and enjoy the sonic freefall.
The Kills, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $20. All ages. Info: 503- 225-0047, www.mcmenamins.com.
Like All the Apparatus, another gloriously glad-to-be-alive Portland band, AgesandAges, will celebrate its debut CD 'Alright You Restless' at this show. The seven-member group, fronted by Tim Perry, uses vocal harmonies and bright folk-rock-pop arrangements to create a musical garden where Ray Davies feeds strawberries by hand to his lady love as the sun's rays wash over them. You almost don't want to meet the band for fear they're not as nice as they seem on record. Given their desired to de-jade the jaded, you probably don't have to worry.
AgesandAges, Givers, Lost Lander, Pickwick, 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $12 or MusicFest wristband. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.