Dec. 7-9

Holly jolly hitmakers

Marv and Rindy Ross, the husband-wife team that formed the heart of 1980s hitmakers Quarterflash (formerly known as Seafood Mama), have also distinguished themselves with The Trail Band, an eight-piece ensemble that blends brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music.

Formed by Marv in 1991 at the request of the Oregon Trail Council to commemorate the trail’s 150th anniversary, the band initially performed music exclusively from and about the era of the Oregon Trail with costumes, diary readings, traditional folk tunes, marches, hoedowns, and Native American melodies. The Trail Band has also become well known for its annual Christmas shows, five of which are slated this week.

Fans of Quarterflash sometime become fans of The Trail Band as well, Rindy says.

“What we have found is they don’t think they would like The Trail Band but when they come and see the show, they do,” she says. “It’s really fun for us to traverse all these musical genres.”

The Trail Band, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $29, $39. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-234-9694,

Dec. 8

Only in America

Kix Brooks slyly named his second solo album “New to this Town,” which, as any half-awake country music fan knows is hardly the case with this guitarist-singer, one-half of Brooks & Dunn, literally the most popular country duo ever in history. (And for the record, the title song bemoans the fact Brooks is NOT new to this town, much to the chagrin of his lady-lovin’ heart.) Everyone from George W. Bush to Barack Obama have tried to co-opt the duo’s music for their own purposes, which is responsible for popularizing line-dancing as well as creating much of the template for modern country. The two gentlemen parted ways a couple years back, and Brooks is out peddling his new CD, which features ballads and boot-scootin’ boogies. For those who prefer the more rock ‘n’ roll side of modern country, Brooks has been known to crank his guitar up to 11 from time to time.

Kix Brooks, Uncle Kracker, Colt Ford, Parmalee, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $40. Info: 503-224- 8499,

Dec. 13

The chosen one

Could young Ty Segall save rock ‘n’ roll? It’s not beyond the realm of the possible. Take “You’re the Doctor,” the second cut on his latest album “TWINS,” or the marching, charging fretwork of “Love Fuzz.” Spurting fuzzy guitar riffs that would make an old hippie give a Blue Cheer, Segall positively rips the glam rock scepter right out of every platform-shoed pretender’s hand and will make young people wish they had longer hair and older cats mourn not having any, for you will need some head-shaking shock absorption when this cat takes the stage.

Ty Segall, The Night Beats, Nucular Animals, 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $12. 21 and over. Info: 503- 248-4700,

Dec 13-14

A challenge Beck-ons

Beck, yes that Beck, has released a 20-song “album” called “Song Reader” that he doesn’t plan to record and will release only as sheet music. The always interesting artist is leaving it up to musicians everywhere to put their own spin on his latest work, and The Portland Cello Project, never ones to shy away from a challenge, are set to perform the music at their upcoming “Beck the Halls” Holiday Spectacular shows. The performance will feature such special guests as vocalists Jolie Holland, Lizzie Ellison and Patty King of Radiation City. PCP is recording the entire collection at PCP founder Doug Jenkins’ Portland studio and will be mixing with Larry Crane at Jackpot Sound; they’re hoping to have their take on “Song Reader” out as a digital album before the holidays, on iTunes. You can hear a preview of PCP’s take on “Old Shanghai” on YouTube.

The Portland Cello Project, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13-14, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-234-9694,

‘Round town

The Christmas Revels features audience participation, music and dance with 11 performances by the Portland Brass Quintet & The Blue Mountain String Band, at various times, Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 13-16, in the Scottish Rite Center Theater, 1512 S.W. Morrison St. $7 children, $12 seniors and students, $18 and up adults. Info: 503-200-1604,

Grammy-nominated Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers join Albatross, the new folkie side project from Ryan Sollee of The Builders and the Butchers, for a show at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895,

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