Houston, we have a problem
New Orleans-meets-Portland saxophonist Reggie Houston has thankfully beaten prostate cancer. Unfortunately, however, he's been handed big medical bills to pay, so our fair city's jazz, blues and funk musicians have planned a benefit featuring groovy music to help him out. You can enjoy Grammy nominee and fellow saxophonist Patrick Lamb, along with smooth jazz pianist Tom Grant, blues guitarist Mary Flower, Grammy nominee and pianist Janice Scroggins's Gospel Singers, the Transcendental Brass Band, Mac Potts, Manimalhouse, Lady A's Key Blues Band, the Too Loose Cajun Band and The Norman Sylvester Band at this show.
Reggie Houston benefit, 5:30 to 11 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. $25 in advance, $30 at door. Info: 503-477-0415, www.reggiehouston.com.
As seen on TV
If you've seen that television ad where the Oregon Lottery credits itself for saving an ailing timber town, you may have wondered what band is playing at the end. That's Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside jamming on 'Danger.' For the uninitiated, Ford and her three male buddies make their home here in Portland, and you could say they hit the lottery this year, appearing on 'Late Night with David Letterman,' at the Newport Folk and Bonnaroo festivals and touring Europe. One of our city's most warmhearted group of ambassadors of roots rock, country, jazz, and blues, they're guaranteed to leave a smile on your swingin' face.
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Pickwick, 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $13 in advance, $15 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686, www.wonderballroom.com.
Up, up and away
Folky popster Kyle Andrews was immortalized in his 2010 video 'You Always Make Me Smile' because it was filmed as thousands of people tried to break the world record for largest water balloon fight. And he had the good sense to release his latest album 'Robot Learn Love' on Aug. 16, the date Elvis, Robert Johnson and Babe Ruth died. For these reasons and others, you must go see him and Madi Diaz, an up-and-coming Americana flavored pop singer who's gifted with a strong, steady alto-soprano voice that can tackle sugary Top 40-type tunes like 'Let's Go,' as well as deeper, acoustic roots numbers with equal feelings of conviction.
Kyle Andrews, Madi Diaz, 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $8. 21 and older. Info: 503-360-1450, www.thetabor.com.
Blues belter Candye Kane and her sharp-edged guitarist Laura Chavez plan to celebrate the release of their latest CD 'Sister Vagabond' with this Thanksgiving Eve party. Kane sings like a cross between a tall-haired country gal and a whiskey-soaked blues woman. Her last effort with Chavez, titled 'Superhero,' earned the pair a 'Best Contemporary Blues CD' in the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards, and she's noted for a raucous uplifting show that's sensual and spiritual, reviving and racy and, well, made of the stuff that makes for hard-yet-joyous life.
Candye Kane, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $12 in advance, $13 at the door. Info: 503-234-2337, www.duffsgarage.com.
Lord of the earrings
What distinguishes Norway's melodic extreme metal band Keep of Kalessin from all others? Well, for one thing, the band bothered to send us a press release, putting it leaps and bounds ahead of all other metallic blood-spillers. For this alone, we reverently bow at the collective feet of axe-slinger Obsidian C., Vyl the drummer, Thebon the vocalist and Wizziac the bassist. (Are those like the greatest names ever for a freakin' metal band?!) Oh yeah, they're pretty competent musicians, too, particularly on such tunes as 'Leaving the Mortal Flesh' and 'Dragontower,' both of which will cleanse your rotting soul after a long day dealing with those who refuse to recognize your superiority and/or took the last of the coffee creamer in the break room.
Mayhem, Keep Of Kalessin, Hate, Abigail Williams, Ceremonial Castings, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100, www.hawthornetheater.com.