There will be twang
It's billed a 'Rockabilly Showdown,' and although it's unclear what happens to the feller who winds up on the wrong end of the guitar, it's a-gonna be fun. Seattle's Lane 'My Hair Preceded Me' Fernando looks like a pensive '50s greaser and sings in a mysterious, almost warbling bass baritone that is nonetheless as comforting as the voice of a midnight deejay on the car radio when you're creeping through a foggy mountain overpass. Meanwhile, British-born-turned-Los-Angeleno Karling Abbeygate may possess the cutest voice in rockabilly ever and has earned several awards for her two-steppin' Americana music, including the 2006 Rockabilly Album of the Year, Rockabilly Artist of the Year, and Female Americana Vocalist of the Year in Los Angeles. And she writes horror stories to boot! Rounding out the evening will be Portland roots rockers The Flavels.
Lane Fernando, Karling Abbeygate, The Flavels, 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 9, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. Info: 503-234-2337.
Salt-N-Pepa's DJ Spinderella, besides having one of the best monikers in hip hop history, (although now she prefers being called 'Spin') was the lady behind the turntables for the trio that spawned such hits as 'Shoop,' 'None of your Business' (which she co-wrote), and the En Vogue collaboration, 'What A Man.' A female groundbreaker in a genre previously dominated by men, Spin will share the spotlight with Portland's own DJ Mello Cee.
July 13, 14
Blue Giant is made up of Portland indie popsters Kevin and Anita Robinson, better known as Viva Voce, along with Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Evan Railton of Swords, and Seth Lorinczi of The Golden Bears. So what happens when they all get together? Actually, some pretty good roots music, ranging from country to bluegrass, rock to folk. The group's eponymously titled 12-song debut opens with a positively gorgeous George Harrison-meets-Buck Owens tune called 'Clean the Clock,' and it's all pretty much cool, melodic and catchy from there on out. The group will play alternating sides of the album at their upcoming record store shows, so bring the little ones for a y'all-ternative treat.
Blue Giant, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St., 503-231-8926, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, Jackpot Records, 203 S.W. Ninth Ave., 503-222-0990. Info: bluegiantland.com.
So much talent, it's disgusting!
The Northwest String Summit is upon us again, and the talent to be heard at this festival is positively overwhelming. The biggest names, of course, are jam rock kings moe., as well as The Rhythm Devils, featuring percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreautzmann of the Grateful Dead, and Keller Williams on guitar, vocals, Davy Knowles on guitar, vocals, Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum, and Andy Hess on bass. But that's not all folks! You can also catch Yonder Mountain String Band, The Urban Monroes, Great American Taxi and The Crunchy Western Boys. All in all, a great joyous lineup if you like your music rootsy as an old maple but flowing like its leaves in an autumn wind. Special note: Keep an ear out for Danny Barnes, who will play Friday and Sunday - one of the nation's best-kept banjo-playing songwriting secrets.
Northwest String Summit, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15, to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 18, Horning's Hideout, North Plains. Ticket prices vary. All ages. Info: stringsummit.com.
How very Vancouver
Since 1997, Vancouver, B.C.'s New Pornographers has created irresistible semi-orchestral pop rock again and again. They consist of about 6 million members from every great Vancouver band in history, but dang it all, even though they're considered a 'supergroup' with such performers as solo star Neko Case as well as head honcho A.C. Newman, they still dress like your friendly neighborhood record store clerks.
New Pornographers, 8 p.m. Friday, July 16, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside. $23 advance, $25 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047, www.mcmenamins.com.