Baritone boy, piano princess
Indie folk-rockin' guitarist Peter Mulvey has released a dozen albums since the early 1990s featuring his reflections on life, love, plastic and petroleum, among other subjects, and is bringing his road show to Portland. The Milwaukee boy's baritone voice making its poetic observations are all over his latest offering 'Letters from a Flying Machine,' and he'll share the stage with Krista Detor, pianist and alto singer-songwriter from Bloomington, Ind. Detor has collaborated with Carrie Newcomer on the Emmy-nominated stage show/ CD 'Wilderness Plots' and knows how to write a pretty song, but with the depth that takes it far beyond cute and catchy to just plain beautiful.
Peter Mulvey, Krista Detor, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, The Alberta Street Pub, 1036 N.E. Alberta St. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 503-284-7665 or www.shiningcitymusic.com.
Save the Bear
In September, Robert 'Bear' Martinez of BasicShapes and the Cyclops Collective crashed his bike, breaking his teeth, fracturing an elbow and landing him in the hospital. To help him pay his medical/dental bills, Ash St. Saloon is hosting a hip-hop/soul/funk benefit this evening. In addition to BasicShapes, Intellectually Sound, Moodswing, Guerilla Cillin and DJ MOM are performing. If you like the hip-hop, you can have a good time and make Martinez feel a heckuva lot less pain.
Benefit featuring Intellectually Sound, BasicShapes, Moodswing, Guerilla Cillin, and DJ MOM, 9:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov 7, Ash St. Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St. $5. 503-226-0430.
Nov. 9, 10
If you like your music to range from melodic to manic, you should consider checking out two very interesting - and very different-from-each-other - shows at Doug Fir.
First off is Colombian dancemasters Bomba Estéreo who make trippy, sexy psychedelic dance music merging cumbia, bullerengue and champeta folk styles with reggae and hip hop. If it's possible to party like it's Saturday on a Monday, this body-friendly guy-gal duo will make it happen.
Then on Tuesday, Mission of Burma takes the Doug Fir stage. The legendary Boston boys took late 1970s punk to the outer regions, in the process laying the groundwork for, among other trends, 1990s grunge. Every alternative band owes them a debt, even if they don't sound like them, if only because Burma helped to rewrite the rock vocabulary so a whole new generation of sonic youth could emerge. Improvisational hard-driving experimental punk goddesses Erase Errata, at times an aural attack squad, at other moments, a tuneful trio, will share the bill.
Bomba Estereo, 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Mission of Burma, Erase Errata, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 503-231-9663.
Writing catchy pop rock that pleases both melody-lovers as well as skeptical indie hipsters can be a bit daunting, but Champaign, Ill.'s Headlights pulls the balancing act off quite nicely, thank you very much. The upbeat quartet is touring in support of its latest outing 'Wildlife.'
Headlights, Anni Rossi and Pomegranates, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, Berbati's Pan, 231 S.W. Ankeny St. All ages, $10. 503-248-4579.
Lucille and her man
With his famed guitar Lucille by his side, B.B. King is still traveling the world singing the blues. Indeed, he is one of oldest African-American performers of the blues out there, having been born in 1925, only a couple decades after W.C. Handy and others 'discovered' or uncovered the blues in the American South. If you've never seen the King, catch him now, because once he's gone, it'll be pretty hard seeing any performer with a rich history quite like his again.
B.B. King, Luke Nelson and The Promise of the Real, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. 21 and over only. $50 general admission, $75 balcony reserved seating. 503-221-0288 or www.DoubleTee.com.
As part of German Culture Week 2009, the German jazz trio Luftbrücke or 'Airlift' will be in town. Luftbrücke comprises Christiane Brambrink on vocals, Winne Voget on piano and vocals and German-Nigerian Ugonna Okegwo on bass. Luftbrücke will present their interpretation of pieces by German composers of various styles and eras.
Luftbrücke, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $10 at the door, $8 in advance at www.ticketsoregon.com 503-295-6542 or www.jimmymaks.com.
Local Americana king Steven 'Pearly' Hettum combines influences from Jimmy Buffett, John Fogerty and John Prine, among others, and will be one of three artists celebrating their new CDs at Duff's Garage this night.
Backed by The Janglers - whose name graces Hettum's new album - bassist J. Michael Kersey, guitarist/vocalist Houston Bolles and drummer Michael Beach will assist 'Pearly' to sing his intelligent, well-crafted original songs. Also appearing with The Janglers will be Diane Michelle Davis, a piano player, singer and songwriter with a style reminiscent of Carole King, performing original songs from her self-titled CD.
Veteran Portland guitarist/singer Lenny Rancher (brother of the late Billy Rancher of the early '80s Unreal Gods/ Malchicks fame) will round out the evening performing songs from his fifth and latest CD release, 'Parasite Planet.' Lenny and his band, The Karlyle Group, featuring drummer Tom Whiteford, guitarist Frank Stewart, bassist Dave Stricker and vocalist Linda Niksich, play rock and roll in the vein of Bowie, Jagger and Richards, the Stones and Portland's own homegrown sound. All three artists will participate in a jam session to end the evening. This may be the best bargain for your musical money in town, baby, so if you're feeling downsized, this could be the cure.
Triple CD release party with performances by Steven 'Pearly' Hettum and The Janglers featuring Diane Michelle Davis and Lenny Rancher and The Karlyle Group. 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 14, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $5. 503-234-BEER.