- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
Wailin' rude boys
Texas native and Portland resident Ron Rogers writes great American music and is one of our city's hidden treasures. Combining rockabilly, hints of math rock, punk and Memphis soul, this cat and his band The Wailing Wind - Dave Grafe on pedal steel guitar, Don Campbell on bass and vocals, and drummer Chris Bond - lay down some of the richest roots grooves in town, weaving workingman's poetry into songs about the Old South giving way to the New, chicks on ecstasy and love-hate relationships. Meanwhile, Rich Layton understands you're not a real rock 'n' roll frontman until you can blow some serious harmonica, which he does just fine while his band The Troublemakers pumps out nicotine-fixed, beer-soaked danceable roots rock that would make Chuck Berry walk his duck and John Fogerty turn the tremolo to 11.
Ron Rogers and The Wailing Wind, Rich Layton and The Troublemakers, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $8. Info: 503-234-2337, www.duffsgarage.com.
From their cool name to their shimmering neo-psychedelic rock 'n' roll, The Dandy Warhols have spent a decade and a half creating a distinct sound that contains elements of The Velvet Underground, The Chesterfield Kings, The Cure, The Count Five and Moby. They even pulled off gently mocking their own scene in 'Bohemian Like You,' which eventually became a most ubiquitous hit. Working on their ninth album, the band has a trio of shows coming up this weekend and will joined on Friday by post-punk psychedelic rockers Hawkeye. On Saturday, 1776, a joyous snarly garagey band on the Warhols' label Beat the World Records with requisite messed up hair and catchy hooks, opens the show.
The Dandy Warhols with Hawkeye, 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9; with 1776, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Both shows at Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
The Dandy Warhols with guests, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $15. All ages. 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.
If you like your hip-hop positive, imagistic and intelligent (and occasionally profane), you probably already know about the 'How The Grouch Stole Christmas' tour coming to town, featuring The Grouch (of The Living Legends), Zion-I, Eligh and Evidence (of Dilated Peoples) along with DJ Fresh. Fans will be treated to hits from Zion I and The Grouch as well as The Grouch and Eligh, not to mention solo material, in addition to new songs from Eligh and Amplive's forthcoming album, 'Therapy At 3.' If you're not familiar with these gentlemen, check out Evidence's YouTube video for 'You,' as well as The Grouch's 2008 video for 'Artsy,' a pretty funny, yet poignant dig at how the tragically hip get that way.
How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, Branx, 320 S.E. Second Ave. $18 in advance, $22 at the door. All ages. Info: 503-234-5683, www.rotture.com.
Free the rock
If you're a little light in the wallet, but need the rock 'n' roll, Dante's regularly offers free shows every Wednesdays filled with feedback and fun. This show features four bands, including Portland's Little Volcano, a crunchy bluesy indie rock sextet that sounds a bit like the late great Amy Winehouse backed by various girls kicked out of band class for mouthing off to the teacher only to discover in detention their mutual love for fuzz guitar.
Denizens, Little Volcano, Mr. Plow, Sick Broads, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, Dante's, 350 W. Burnside St. Free. Info: 503-226-6630, www.danteslive.com.
Only the good stuff
St. Louis native Karla Harris moved to the Pacific Northwest back in 2005 and has since established herself as a respected jazz singer here in Portland.
A powerful, in-control vocalist who effortlessly glides from note to note, she's performed and recorded with bassist Tom Kennedy, who's backed Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern and Dave Weckl, among others. For this show, Harris will be performing with a trio, singing a mix of jazz and Latin standards and infusing jazz into some rhythm 'n' blues and pops classics. Harris digs everyone from Johnny Mercer to Joni Mitchell, and isn't afraid to tackle some Christmas classics, though she assures us 'but only the good stuff!' We'll take that to mean she won't be scatting on 'Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.'
Karla Harris, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, Heathman Restaurant and Bar, 1001 S.W. Broadway. Free. Info: 503-790-7752, www.heathmanrestaurantand bar.com.