Mr. Fun Fingers
Portland's Tony Furtado is one of those musicians who make you sick - because he's ridiculously talented AND hard working. A two-time national bluegrass banjo champion, he's also a singer as well as master of slide guitar who combines rock, blues, country jazz and folk into his music. Furtado has released 15 albums and will be recording a live record and DVD at this show.
Tony Furtado and special guests, 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.
From Jimi Hendrix to Heart to Pearl Jam, our neighbors to the north in Seattle love to produce hard rock musicians of one kind or another. Formed in 1970, Seattle's RAIL went through a number of phases, including one when they tried to look like The Cars, a move that got them off track. After their brief derailment, they fully embraced the glam metal era, touring with Van Halen, and penning such primal stadium rock numbers as '1-2-3-4,' in which they finally confessed they lived for rock 'n' roll. They're still flying their Vs and poundin' the double-bass drums today, so blow-dry whatever hair you have left and get ready to party.
RAIL, Garden of Eden, Gnosis, and Groove Thief, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, Peter's Room at The Roseland, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. 21 and older. $10. Info: 503-224-8499, www.roselandpdx.com.
Take a load off
More than three dozen Portland musicians will celebrate 'The Last Waltz,' the 1976 farewell concert by The Band, filmed by Martin Scorcese, and which featured Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton. The tribute concert, dubbed 'The Next Waltz,' will benefit The Jeremy Wilson Foundation, which helps fund and secure health care for Northwest musicians, as well as the Oregon Food Bank (so bring some canned food if you can). Performers include Al James, leader of Portland band Dolorean, singer-songwriter and performance artist Holcombe Waller, the Parson Red Heads, who will recreate the Staples Singers' harmonies on The Band's 'The Weight,' as well as 2011 Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Jeremy Wilson, formerly of the Dharma Bums, whose own struggle with illness inspired him to create his foundation in 2010. Also appearing are Casey Neill, Little Sue, Joe McMurrian, and many others.
The Next Waltz, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $17 in advance, $20 day of show. Parents must accompany minors. Info: 503-764-4131, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
Japan native and Beaverton guitarist Toshi Onizuka plays his flamenco-flavored jazz-fusion music with ingredients culled from the Middle East and Far East as well. He's a percussionist at heart - part of his sound is made on the surface of his guitar - and flamenco appeals to him because 'it's so emotional and so rhythmical.' When he struggles to define his sound, he says it's improvisation over flamenco, or, as a reporter suggests, 'flamenco-prov.' He adds that some fans of flamenco wouldn't necessarily like how he plays, noting traditional players of flamenco - Spanish music with strong rhythmic undertones - use only their fingers, whereas he uses a pick. Such fans should keep their minds open and let Onizuka's music flow in.
Toshi Onizuka, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, Andina's Bar Mestizo, 1314 N.W. Glisan St. Free. Info: 503-228-9535, www.andinarestaurant.com.
Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band
Portland's Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band (their name is a play on Toulouse Street in New Orleans) plays upbeat Cajun and zydeco tunes, with the occasional waltz thrown in. The band features Peter Dammann on guitar, Steve Kerin on keys and vocals, Tim Shaughnessy on bass, Lefty Head on down tuned fiddle and frattoir (rub board worn like a vest), Rick Obink on accordion, Robert Lee on fiddle and vocals and T. Berdard Aschoff on drums.
Too Loose, Cajun Zydeco Band, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $7. Info: 503-234-2337, www.duffsgarage.com.
Burger with side of local music
The next time you walk into one of our area's 38 Burgerville locations, you might hear your favorite local rocker's latest single wafting through the air. Burgerville has launched BV Radio, an in-restaurant radio station that showcases Northwest musicians, from Blind Pilot and The Decemberists to Pancake Breakfast and Radiation City. Local artists who would like to have their music considered for airplay on BV Radio are encouraged to submit CDs to Burgerville, 109 W. 17th St., Vancouver, Wash. 98660.