- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
If you like the rock 'n' roll music, do yourself a favor and check outKleveland, one of our fair city's most aggressive straight-ahead bands, featuring rock goddess Stephanie Smith on guitar and vocals, Kevin Hahn on guitar, Allen Hunter on bass and Thom Sullivan on drums. Kleveland is like the Donnas if they were tougher or the Runaways if they had written edgier tunes. Punky power popsters Beyond Veronica features rock goddess Bonnie Veronica on vocals and guitar, Kirk Larsen on lead guitar, backing vocals, Neesie Doss on bass and Kurt Steinke on drums. Tuneful and harmonious, hard-hitting and explosive, The Dragonflies, masters of radio-friendly punk pop, round out the bill. All in all, the kind of lineup to make you thrash and smile at the same time.
Kleveland, The Dragonflies, Beyond Veronica, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, Tonic Lounge, 3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd., $6. Info:503-238-0543, www.myspace.com/thetoniclounge.
Don't get in their way
Oakland's The Impediments are a gloriously rockin' band of punks reared on glam rock, surf, Merseybeat and garage. It's the kind of rock 'n' roll that's timeless, evoking junior proms, smoking in the boys room, draping your friend's mother's car in toilet paper, stealing from dad's liquor cabinet ... that kind of thing.
The Impediments, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, East End, 203 S.E. Grand Ave. Info: 503-232-0056, www.myspace.com/eastendpdx.
Brothers are back
The Doobie Brothers are about to release a new album, and the band, featuring original members Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, are still able to cut eminently listenable rock and pop that's gritty yet harmony-filled. The perfect feel-good band to close out the summer concert season.
Doobie Brothers, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. Tickets start at $40. Info: www.mcmenamins.com.
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Formed in 2008, the folky indie rock band Violet Isle has made quite the splash, earning placement on the Failure to Communicate label's Radiohead tribute album with a cover of 'Lucky.' The band is headed by singer-songwriter-guitarist Sean Garcia - runner-up in the 2006 Portland Songwriter's Association's Singer-Songwriter of the Year competition - as well as Nick Gable on drums and vocals, Jordan Clark on lead guitar and vocals, and Alva Valencia on bass. The band recently released its debut CD 'I Am Ivy,' an arresting blend of simple melodies, thoughtful lyrics and spirited and sometimes complex lead guitar.
Violet Isle, Broken Soviet, Set in Stone, Satellites in Silence, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $8, 21 and over. Info: 503-233-7100, hawthornetheatre .com.
Violet Isle, Jonah, The Ravishers, Climber and Kelli Schaefer 'Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser' 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, Biddy McGraw's, 6000 N.E. Glisan St. Info: 503-233-1178, www.biddymcgraws.com.
Raise the Bridges blends rock, folk, rock steady, funk and hip-hop in a party friendly blend designed to get the house going. If you've seen them, you also know they like Pabst Blue Ribbon. However, don't be fooled, those cold cans of lightly colored libations are fueling an intelligent lyrical sensibility tackling social and political issues that goes down well with the funky beats.
Raise the Bridges, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, Satyricon, 125 N.W. Sixth Ave. Info: 503-227-0999, www.myspace.com/satyriconpdx.