You can catch some of the freshest jazz sounds coming out of the Rose City when the Sam Howard Band hits the stage at Jimmy Mak's. Fans of everyone from Miles Davis to the Average White Band will dig bassist's Howard's East-meets-West-Coast sounds. The band will be celebrating the release of its first full-length recording 'The Gettin' Place,' which blends funk, fusion, soul and Afrobeat. Joining Howard on the bill are indie-jazzers Blue Cranes.
Sam Howard Band, Blue Cranes, 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $10. Minors are allowed inside until 9:30 p.m. Info: 503-295-6542, www.jimmymaks.com.
Something for everyone
A lot of shows on this particular planet feature two or three bands that basically sound the same, give or take a few guitar effects boxes. This will not be the case, however, as Lola's Room in the Crystal Ballroom offers a Slipknot Productions/Loophole Records showcase with country rockers Patina, who bring to mind the Grateful Dead with their easygoing, albeit somewhat tighter, vocal/guitar take on boogie 'n' blues music. Fronted by melodic pop singer John Craig, Search Party offers up a much harder take on pop and rock, and Klickitat is a brand new experimental funk-jazz outfit.
Patina, Search Party, Klickitat, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 13, Lola's Room, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside; $7 in advance, $9 at the door. Info: 503-225-0047.
Whole lotta love
To mark her 25th year in the music business, singer-songwriter Patty Larkin has released '25,' an acoustic reworking of 25 of her love songs, featuring duets with Roseanne Cash, Martin Sexton, Bruce Cockburn, Janis Ian, and many other lesser-known as well as better-known lights of the singer-songwriter world. Larkin will bring her supremely classy music to the Aladdin Theatre with John Gorka, no slouch himself in the songwriting category. Gorka's works have been recorded and/or performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell, among others, and he's a fine performer in his own right.
Patty Larkin, John Gorka, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13, The Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $22.50 in advance, $25 day of show. Parent must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.
Like so many of the U.K.'s best bands over the last half century, British India ax masters Gomez found their musical soul abroad rather than at home. With their unique take on Americana and all music related, from blues to folk to jam-band, Gomez sometimes sounds like a teenager falling in love with rock 'n' roll for the first time, at other times like a brooding old man who's had too many regrets to fix at this point. The band will take the stage at the Wonder Ballroom with romantics-at-heart India acoustic-nauts Buddy.
Gomez, Buddy, 8 p.m. Monday, March 15, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Info: 503-284-8686, www.wonderballroom.com.
Get yer Irish up
The All-Ireland Cultural Society's 69th St. Patrick's Day Celebration offers a chance for parents and their little leprechauns to enjoy some food, drink, music and dance together. The festival will feature a host of activities and performances including drums and pipes, the Molly Malone Irish Dancers, the traditional Irish band music of Mikey Beglan and Dave Cory and a parrot show, yes, a parrot show, though it's not clear if the birds speak English or Irish or both.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration, 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, The Ambridge Event Center (Rosary Hall), 376 N.E. Clackamas Ave. $10 for 21 and above, $5 for 12 to 20, free for 11 and under with paying adult. Info: 503-286-4812, 503-691-2078, www.oregonirishclub.org.