The Andrew Oliver Sextet draws on traditional jazz, bop, cool, rock and everything in between to create a fresh, innovative sound that combines challenging arrangements with tuneful improvisation. Trio Subtonic do the old-school soul groove in a new-school way, drawing on contemporary sounds that make you move your feet.
Andrew Oliver Sextet, Trio Subtonic, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave. $10. Info: 503-295-6542, www.jimmymaks.com, www.andrewoliver.net/sextet, www.triosubtonic.com.
Jan. 22, 23
The folk-rock-country benefit 'Carnivale Americana' will honor the memory of Scotland Barr, who passed away in September from pancreatic cancer. Gifted with a beautiful, slightly gravelly voice that could make you cry as easily as it could make you wonder or laugh, Barr died before his fantastic band, The Slow Drags, completed its latest recording, the double CD 'We Will Be Forgotten.'
On Jan. 22, The Slow Drags will perform a set of old songs as well as new songs that will be released on the forthcoming CD, and share the stage with Tango Alpha Tango, Rob Bonds of Highway, and Brian Berg.
Jan. 23's lineup consists of Steve Wilkinson of Mission 5, The Redeemed, Rob Stroup and The Blame, Mike Coykendall and Casey Neill and Little Sue.
Carnivale Americana, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave. $10 per day, $14 two-day pass. Info: 503-248-1030, www.somedaylounge.com .
Goshdarn rock 'n' roll
Sometimes you need to stop gazing at yer navel and just rock. Slabtown offers you an opportunity to do just that with a beer-swillin' bunch of rockin' bands starting off with the Lordy Lords, who understand you're not really a rock band unless you have at least one song where the drummer rides as many cymbals at once as humanly possible. Anarchic-punk-crypt-rockers Deninzenz should be immortalized simply for having the guts to name-check Thomas Edison in a song ('Ideas').
Crap-rockers (their words, not ours) Junior's Gang return to stage after an eight-year hiatus, and garage-rock power trio The Troglodytes are releasing a CD. Their singer claims 'Jesus Doesn't Love Me,' but we think it's more likely the world's most famous carpenter has problems with the rather trite Lady Gaga than with the honest, glass-smashin' rock 'n' roll that a blue-collar fellow like himself would've preferred.
Lordy Lords, Denizenz, Junior's Gang, The Troglodytes, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th St. $3. Info: 503-223-0099, www.slabtownbar.net .
Who's that lady?
If you've never heard Portland soul sister Liv Warfield, you should consider checking out this musical treasure. The sultry singer - who backed up Prince last year and who's worked with the late great harmonica player Paul deLay as well as funky rockin' jazzer Patrick Lamb - combines classic soul, rock, rhythm and blues in her urban adult music.
Liv Warfield, Jarrod Lawson and The Good People, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com , www.jslawsongs.com .
The Kids Are All Right
The Portland School of Rock takes fresh-faced kids and turns them into local stars on a regular basis.Students ages 11 to 17 will present The Who's 'Tommy' twice at Berbati's Pan. And yes, you can play pinball on site just like the Wizard himself did.
Portland School of Rock presents 'Tommy,' 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Berbati's Pan, 231 S.W. Ankeny St. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-231-2945, www.berbati.com .