- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
Okay, dancers, time to loosen up those calves. SambaDá and Jujuba are teaming up to bring a Nigerian-Brazilian party to the Someday Lounge.
SambaDá, made up of Californians and Brazilians, combines samba, capoeira music (you've seen the martial artists kicking around to it), funk, reggae and hip-hop. Since the mid 1990s, Brazilian Papiba Godinho has led the band, which includes dancer Dandha da Hora, a member of the Ile Aiye - 'House of Life' - music group, which was the first Afro group to march in a Brazilian Carnival parade.
Meanwhile, popular local heroes Jujuba play Nigerian Afro-Beat funk, all scratchy guitars, percussion and horns. Led by King Sunny Ade alumnus and talking drum master Nojeem Lasisi, this band is Class A all the way, but down-to-earth enough to get even the most reluctant dancers moving. This show will be like going to Carnival in Rio, or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and just think, you don't even have to give up anything for Lent afterward.
SambaDá and Jujuba, 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave. $8 in advance, $10 at door. Info: www.somedaylounge.com, 503-248-1030, www.sambada.com, www.jujuba.org.
Batrider is one brutally honest band, so don't go see them if you think their next song might just be about your pathetic empty existence, your hollow marriage or your dirty, dirty bathroom. However, if you don't really care that your rock musicians are implicitly condemning your utter soullessness while you down your drink and flirt with some spaced out patron whose wallet you plan to lift, this New Zealand grunge trio offers up some interesting sonic thrills and even more interesting lyrics. You will be torn from wanting to scream back at them to wanting to warm them some milk and give them back rubs. And that's a good feeling, isn't it?
Batrider, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at The Know, 2026 N.E. Alberta St. Free. Info: 503-473-8729, www.myspace.com/batrider.
Grant Hart (granthart.com) was the boy keeping the beat behind Bob Mould and Greg Norton of Hüsker Dü back in the 1980s when alternative music was aborning in the land. Like Dave Grohl of Nirvana, however, Hart has dropped his sticks and picked up his guitar in the post-alternative age and released several solo albums. And like Grohl, Hart's shown himself to be a capable songwriter, and even faintly echoes David Bowie as a singer. He's just released 'Hot Wax,' which includes the mischievous 'Barbara' and the garage punk 'You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water.' Veteran Portland punk-pop songmaster Sean Croghan opens the show.
Grant Hart and Sean Croghan, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave. $10 advance, $12 door. 503-226-6630.
Brave nü world
Portland electronic-rock trio Bombs Into You seems to live in a number of musical worlds, including at least one inhabited by the Cure, another by the Cars, another by Nine Inch Nails, another by science fiction shows on a broken-screen TV and another by all-night party people. The group features Jared Jensen on vocals and keys, Gage Choat on guitar and Jon Jayne on drums and seems to have figured out that all those nifty gadgets available to modern musicians don't mean nuthin' without somebody trying to say something on them. Almost as if some guy playing video games suddenly realized his fingers might be better off making soulful melodies for the 28th century rather than going to the next level of violent fantasy in this one. The group will mark the release of their CD 'Metaphorically Yours [Vol 2]' at a show with Fast Computers and Double Plus Good.
Bombs Into You, Fast Computers, Double Plus Good, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St., $8. Info: 503-753-4473, www.bombsintoyou.com.
If you haven't caught Portland acoustic guitarist/singer Cronin Tierney yet, you'll have four chances at Kell's Nov. 19-22. The baritone-voiced Tierney plays piano and harmonica as well, and produces some easy-on-the-ears soft rock as well as more driving melodies, and is one of those hardworking meat 'n potatoes performers whom you can tell is quietly serving a hidden muse he'll reveal to those who listen a little more closely.
Cronin Tierney, 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Nov. 19-22, Kell's Irish Pub, 112 S.W. Second Ave. Free. Info: 503-227-4057, www.cronintierney.com.