On the spot
Bands do requests, improvise and jam. Few, however, do all three at once, not to mention make a career out of it. One band that has is Portland's Canoofle, whose members use rock, pop, New Wave, punk, funk, jazz, avant-garde and traditional music to compose original songs on the spot based on audience suggestions. About a million musicians have played with the band, but the core appears to be Sammy Lett on 'winds, percussion, sneaky vocals,' Melanie Harmon on 'keyboards, percussion, nice vocals,' Jason Mayberry on 'drum set, percussion and loud vocals,' Chris Petryszak on 'bass, percussion, children's toys, homemade instruments, reluctant vocals' and Curtis Settino on 'guitar, melodica, banjo, glockenspiel, drum set, percussion and curious vocals.'
Canoofle, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, Hawthorne Theater Lounge, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. Free. 21 and older. Info: 503-233-7100, hawthornetheater.com.
Lloyd Mitchell Canyon's tremolo-laden guitars, reverby sounds and ghostly songs evoke a cowboy America long gone but also close to the heart of anyone who's ever driven through the desert late at night or found themselves slowing down to take a peek as some dilapidated old railroad yard. These Portland Americana country rockers are J. Crow on vocals, Jeff Church on guitar, Paul Prato on bass, Bill Thoma on guitar, Christopher Evans on drums and Tricia Rojas on violin. They're releasing a new CD, and it's classy, smoky stuff that will either make you regret your past sins or possibly commit new ones.
Lloyd Mitchell Canyon, The Gentle Surprise, Dave, 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, Kenton Club, 2025 N. Kilpatrick St. Free. Info: 503-285-3718, kentonclub.com.
April 15, 16
You make me wanna Stout
It's been a month since St. Patrick's Day, but that's no reason to cry because there's plenty o' rollickin' Celtic music 'round town, including this weekend when Seattle's Stout Pounders rolls through. Consisting of vocalists Darin Wallace on bodhran, John Moen on banjo, bass, mandolin, and harmonica, Shawn McGinn on tin whistle, guitar, bass, mandolin, accordion, Christian Hoffman on fiddle and bouzouki, and Marc Wallace on mandolin, guitar and bass, this group of Scottish and Irish music lovers enjoys mocking the taxman and celebrating drinking. What's not to like, especially given the fact the IRS is knocking on our doors?
Stout Pounders, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, Kells, 112 S.W. Second Ave. Free. Info: 503-227-4057, kellsirish.com.
London's Chase and Status - DJ Saul Milton 'Chase' on guitar, keyboards and programming and DJ Will Kennard 'Status' on keyboards and programming - were hailed by Rihanna 'the backbone' of her new record 'Rated R.' As remixers they've worked with Jay Z, The Prodigy and White Lies, among others. Touring with a live band, they apparently can rock the house as well, with their funky, grimy, dubby, bombastic sound. You have to dig dance club music to like this electronic duo, but metalheads and rockers may be surprised to find how much headbanging these boys can inspire. Local heroes Sidestep and Jaden and Ronin and Ekim open.
Chase and Status, Sidestep and Jaden, Ronin and Ekim, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $15. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499, roselandpdx.com.