Time was, guitar-oriented jam bands and synthesizer-happy musicians wouldn't be caught dead at the same festival or club. Thankfully, open minded younger jammers and electronic music heads have long since left their forefathers' separate VIP rooms to learn from one another and eclectic electronic dance-rockers Lotus are helping to make this all happen. Fans of prog rock and Euro pop will find something to like as this group tickles its analog synthesizers, and also delivers your always needed guitar, bass and drums attack. Funk, hip-hop and ambient sounds are thrown into the mix as well.
Lotus, Keys • Krates, Tyler Tastemaker, 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $17.50 in advance, $20 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047, www.mcmenamins.com.
The gong show
The Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan (gamelans are ensembles that use, among other instruments, really cool lookinggongs) will perform traditional Indonesian music as well as contemporary works for western instruments, including a North American premiere for gamelan orchestra and full choir. The 15-plus member ensemble is one of the Pacific Northwest's first world music groups and will be joined by Ki Midiyanto from UC Berkeley, Peni Candra Rini from Java, Indonesia, members of Seattle's Gamelan Pacifica, Portland ensemble Northwest New Music and Lewis and Clark's Community Chorale.
Venerable Showers of Beauty, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Evans Auditorium Lewis and Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road. $20 general admission. Info 503-768-7460, www.vsbgamelan.org.
Money for Honey
Portland's top blues cats and kittens are getting together to play and raise money for the Honeyboy Edwards Fund for the Blues, housed within The National Blues Museum in St. Louis. The Delta bluesman passed away in August, and the fund named for him will provide scholarships and other types of support for blues musicians. Performers include Curtis Salgado, Karen Lovely, Lloyd Jones, Bill Rhoades, Terry Robb, DK Stewart, Joe McMurrian, Mary Flower, Peter Dammann, Jerry Zybach, Steve Cheseborough, Don Campbell, Alan Hager, Dave Kahl, Kinzel and Hyde, Johnny Ward, Kelly Dunn, Dave Melyan, Vyasa Dodson, Hawkeye Herman. The show will feature soloists, acoustic acts, electric bands and a big jam at the end.
Honeyboy Edwards Tribute, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Tickets start at $20. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-719-6055, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
Pizza the action
Mississippi Pizza Pub is kicking off its 'New Band Night' this evening, and is inviting two Portland bands per week to play and be evaluated by the audience. The band with the highest rating gets called back at the end of the month and gets a weekend gig. Kicking off the first show is Welfare, which combines 'dream music' with hard blues, country and indie rock, as well as Oslo in September, an apparently Norwegian friendly act gunning for a Nobel pizza prize.
Welfare, Oslo in September, 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. Free. Adam Brock Trio, Bumpin' Nastys, Nov. 21; Cody Weathers, Gordon Goldsmith, Nov. 28. Info: 503-288-3231, www.mississippipizza.com.
Few sounds are as arresting as those that emanate from National resonator guitar as a slide cuts across the string, especially when accompanied by mournful vocals, tambourine and a stompin' beat. Portland's Trever Jones has all these elements in his one-man show Poor Boy's Soul. He counts everyone from Mississippi Fred McDowell and John Lee Hooker to Billy Bragg and Jack White among his inspirations, and has just released an earthy rock, country, blues CD titled 'Burn Down.' Jones has done the requisite freight-hoppin' and farmin' to give him dirty finger credentials, and he even wrote a powerful tune for his sister, Annalisa. For that alone, he'll get alms in heaven.
Poor Boy Soul CD release party, Ezra Holbrook, Ascetic Junkies, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $5. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.