Sax four play
Saxophone quartets aren't exactly a common sight, much less ones that feature strictly ladies. But The Quadraphonnes are just that and more, an accomplished group of Portland musicians who jam on traditional and modern jazz tunes, modern rock/pop/funk songs, chamber pieces and originals. The saxophonists will perform with Portland Cello Project new works by such local composers as Andrew Durkin, Andrew Oliver, Eric Allen, Sarah Ann Phillips, Scott Stobbe, David Liebman, Astor Piazzolla, Moondog and Philip Glass. The evening will also feature paintings by Chad Hensel, a rare film by Harry Smith, live interpretive painting by Nick Wagner, and dancers.
The Quadraphonnes, 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $12 advance, $15 day of show. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Info: 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com.
Salmon 'n' Cheese
If you really wanted to hear the Dylanesque, rootsy soul of Jerry Garcia, you went to see the Jerry Garcia Band when he wasn't touring with The Grateful Dead. Whether that's the case for Drew Emmitt, mandolin player and more of Leftover Salmon and Billy Nershi, guitarist and founding member of String Cheese Incident, we'll leave to the jamband scenesters to determine, a distinct possibility since the Emmitt-Nershi Band is coming to town. Like a lot of rockers, these men are drawn to that most outlawish of outlaw music, bluegrass, sprinkling in jazz and rock along the way. The duo have released 'New Country Blues' a collection of 11 new-grass numbers.
Emmitt-Nershi Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $18.50. Info: 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com.
Oft compared to grunge godfathers The Melvins - heck, one of them, namely bassist Jared Warren, went on to play with The Melvins - Tumwater, Wash.'s, KARP nonetheless had its own peculiar twist on the Northwest sound that stormed America in the 1990s, particularly if you liked your sludge rock served up with a sense of humor and respect for roller derbies. Now a documentary is being made detailing the mad trio's journey through the Clinton era and beyond. The show will feature clips and discussion about the movie as well as band members from Black Elk, Fist Fite, Lord Dying, Rapids and Thrones performing KARP covers and otherwise providing seething weirdness.
KARP documentary benefit, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $7. Info: 503-234-5683, rotture.com.
Mayer of Motor City
Mayer Hawthorne is a virile singer from Ann Arbor, Mich., who wishes he had been born early enough to have recorded in Motown's 1960s and '70s heyday. Through his new school soul songs and videos, Hawthorne is reviving the rockin' soul sounds of that era, adding his own contemporary twists. He'll be joined by pop funkster Gordon Voidwell, alter ego of a Bronx-born ex-chorister turned rap geek, Will Johnson.
Mayer Hawthorne and the Country, Gordon Voidwell, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $15. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Info: 503-234-9694.
'Jimmy Mack' at Jimmy Mak's
Speaking of Motown, here's your chance to hear someone who experienced its glory days firsthand. She's the voice in front of the greatest dance song of all time, 'Dancing in the Streets,' and if you don't agree, your soul is evil and dead. That's right, she's Martha Reeves, who also blasted out 'Heat Wave,' 'Jimmy Mack' and other mighty fine Vandellas numbers. You'll have nowhere to run when she steps out with The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group.
Martha Reeves and the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group, two shows from 7 to 8:30 pm. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $25 guaranteed seating, $20 general admission. Info: 503-295-6542, jimmymaks.com.