- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
Lone just is
Guitarist/vocalist Zach Deputy is a one-man band with four microphones and four octaves. A roots rocker who combines soul, calypso, dancehall reggae, hip hop and rock steady, Deputy is an earthy, warm performer who will sound just groovy right after you belly up to the bar, down that first beer and stop shivering from the cold Portland rain. The festive Deputy shares the stage with hometown rootsy Americana players the Kory Quinn Band, celebrating the release of 'Shoes of the Dead.' This show comes highly recommended by the ghosts of Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Bob Marley.
Zach Deputy, Kory Quinn Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, Goodfoot, 2845 S.E. Stark St. $8. Info: 503-239-9292, thegoodfoot.com.
Moolah for Memphis
Vocalist, bassist and songwriter Lisa Mann has won a trio of Cascade Blues Association Muddy Waters awards for Bass Player of the Year, and she's also won the Duffy Bishop Muddy Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2009. So it's no surprise Her Really Good Band are winners of the 2010 Journey to Memphis Finals at the Waterfront Blues Fest during the Fourth of July weekend, which means they'll be representing our hometown association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February. However, they need some jack to make the trip, so if you catch Mann as well as the jazzy bluesy Jeff Jensen Band, you can help out just by paying the cover and proceeding to boogie.
Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band, Jeff Jensen Band, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-BEER, duffsgarage.com.
Black 'n' Black
Mixing blues, psychedelia, acid rock, prog rock, proto-punk and metal, Vancouver, B.C.'s Black Mountain is making what's old new again, creating music for younger folks who may feel like they missed out on that whole 1960s and '70s revolution - which they did - but it doesn't matter once you realize no one's stopping you from totally rockin' out except uptight trendies. Mining a somewhat similar, albeit more dirgey droney vein, are The Black Angels, epically hailing from Austin. You've heard them in a Kevin Bacon flick, on The History Channel and quite possibly in your head at about 2:45 a.m. when you're desperately hunting for some eggs and toast because you had too much that night.
Black Mountain, The Black Angels, 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $15. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686, wonderballroom.com.
In the key of fun
Award-winning Brooklyn keyboardist Marco Benevento plays jazz-rock with the gleeful abandon of a child just discovering how notes harmonize on a piano. And that's a good thing. Rather than put you to sleep trying to sound all sophisticated, he uses his considerable musical knowledge to create colorful, driving melodic soundtracks that run up and downstairs, dart from corner to kitty corner, slam coffee because they're late, then settle into a chair and prop their feet up for a moment before they realize they've got to get going again.
Marco Benevento, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $13 advance, $15 day of show. Info: 503-231-WOOD, dougfirlounge.com.