Just a lil' Alabama chrome
God bless that pedal steel player. Portland roots country singer-songwriter Ron Rogers releases his fifth CD, 'Country and Eastern,' during a party at the Hawthorne Theatre Lounge. His rollickin' band, Ron Rogers and The Wailing Wind, includes talented musicians Dave Grafe on pedal steel guitar, drummer Chris Bond and bass player/ singer Don Campbell. The Wailing Wind whistles with just the right amount of twang so audiences can feel Nashville in the air.
Ron Rogers and The Wailing Wind, 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. (S.E. 39th Ave.). Free. 503-233-7100. hawthornetheater.com.
Ten years of toe jams
One club in town that consistently offers great live music is the Goodfoot. Given its dedication to offering customer-friendly quality rock, soul, hip hop, jazz and Americana, it's no surprise the bar is turning 10 this weekend. The Goodfoot All-Stars will get the party started and feature members of Everyone Orchestra, Leftover Salmon, Devin Phillips Band, Triclops, The Blue Cranes, The Headhunters and others.
Goodfoot All-Stars 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, Goodfoot Pub and Lounge, 2845 S.E. Stark St. $8. Info: 503-239-9292, goodfoot.com.
If Neil Young sang with a chamber orchestra conducted by Ian Anderson, it might sound a bit like Portland's Loch Lomond, a self-described group of ex-high school band nerds who've toured with The Decemberists. Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young's bandmates will use mandolin, theremin, bass clarinet and percussion to celebrate the release of 'Little Me Will Start A Storm.'
Loch Lomond, Ramona Falls, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 21 and older. Info: 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com.
One listen to Gold Motel, and you're transported back to the summer of 1963. Or 1985. Oh, heck, maybe even 2000 before the depressing decade of Uh-Ohs with all its wars and economic downturn. Led by Greta (Saltpeter) Morgan, vegetarian sex symbol of The Hush Sound, Gold Motel is filled with happy guests who sing melodic, danceable pop music that draws on everyone from The Supremes to the Go-Gos for inspiration. Gold Motel is part of one of the happiest tours in history, which includes California power-popsters Hellogoodbye, as well as upbeat indie pop-rockers Jukebox The Ghost, dreamy post-punk pop rockers Now, Now, and the universe's first intergalactic dance pop band Delta!Bravo.
Hellogoodbye, Gold Motel, Jukebox the Ghost, Now, Now, Delta!Bravo, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $15 in advance, $17 day of show. All ages. Info: hawthornetheater.com, 503-233-7100.
Born in Buffalo and living in Southern California, Stacy Clark can belt an indie pop tune with the best of them, boasting a vigorous alto-soprano voice that brings to mind Pink or Jenny Lewis. Her single 'White Lies' had more than 400,000 downloads as the iTunes' 'Free Single of the Week.'
Stacy Clark, Jake Newton, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Langano Lounge, 1435 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. Info: 503-230-4851.
For those about to umlaut
Post-hardcore kings Escape The Fate combine the requisite legal troubles, rehab admissions and messed up hotel rooms with some pretty darn good guitar-playing, impressive sensitive-meets-scary vocals, half-classical-half-metalarrangements and loyal moshing fan base. It's a metal-punk-pop mashup, and they're clearly the confused children of 40 years of media culture, which means Escape The Fate will be chosen to play at the first-ever post-apocalyptic stadium gig only to be sacrificed by the throngs of survivor zombies after they totally rock the joint.
Escape the Fate, Alesana, Motionless in White, Get Scared, Drive A, 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $16. All ages. Info: 503-22-8499, roselandpdx.com.