Horns of plenty
DK Stewart, who's played with everyone under the blues sun from Big Walter Horton to Robert Cray, is one of the best pianists to ever tickle the ivories in our fair city, and if you haven't seen him yet, you should check him out when he and the Soul Survivor Horns play Duff's Garage. In addition to his own stuff, Stewart will boogie the woogie, jump the blues and howl the funk of others from Magic Slim to Dr. John.
DK Stewart and The Soul Survivor Horns, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $8. Info: 503-234-2337 or www.duffsgarage.com.
Pop goes daddy-o
Blasting their way out of Eugene back in the nasty '90s, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies were at the forefront of the Clinton-era swing revival. Unlike the husband of our current secretary of state, the Daddies most certainly inhaled, blasting back brassy sounds that were a breath of danceable fresh air when the rock world had gotten all Smashing Morrisettey.
Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Squirt and AlterEgo, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, The Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $16.50 in advance, $20 door. Info: 503-284-8686 or www.wonderballroom.com.
The L.A. trio Nico Vega may be one of the most syncopated hard rock bands to ever fight for your right to SING! Charismatic songstress Aja, who is possessed of lovely voice she clearly enjoys shredding to pieces from time to time, fronts this hard-driving group of indie soulsters. Nico Vega rolls into Portland to help kids get books so they can read at the Start Making A Reader Today benefit.
94/7 Alternative Portland presents Nico Vega 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Lola's Room at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside Road. Free admission, 21 and over, if you donate a book. Info: 503-225-0047 or www.myspace.com/nicovega.
Mamas and papa
The Misty Mamas and Greg Clarke, a fixture on the Portland old-time/bluegrass scene, will share the stage at Carvlin Hall. The grown-up girls in Misty Mamas are gospel-bluegrass-folk harmonizers in the extreme, and Clarke's shows are mini-documentaries of American music.
Misty Mamas, Greg Clarke, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Carvlin Hall, 1636 S.E. Hickory St. Tickets are $10 for Portland Folk Society members, $12 for nonmembers, $5 for ages 12-18 and free for under 12. Info: 503-335-9969, www.portlandfolkmusic.org.
Portland synth-dreamers Pink Noise as well as goth rockers Mortal Clay are playing a benefit for Kylian 'RoadKyl' Dubay, bassist in Pyroclasm, an all-female metal goth band. Dubay's family is struggling to keep its house, so for a $5 donation, you can help the musician's family avoid foreclosure and totally rock out at the same time.
No Place Like Home Benefit with Pink Noise, Pyroclasm, Mortal Clay, 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 21, Mount Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne St. $5, all ages. Info: PyroClasm on www.facebook.com, pinknoiseboys.com, mortalclay.com.
Professorial garagey indie pop rockers The Very Foundation are putting out a new record, 'This Restless Enterprise,' sharing the stage with psychedelic folk rocker The Don of Division Street, indie Americana boys Celilo and country rockers The Maldives. All these bands make accessible rock 'n' roll that tickles your cerebrum a bit, and The Very Foundation's new record is sort of like a series of transcripted conversations broken up by catchy hooks that serve as semicolons, periods and commas you can feel rather than see.
The Very Foundation record release, with The Don of Division Street, Celilo and The Maldives, 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $8. Info: www.mississippistudios.com.
To have and to jam
Wednesday, Nov. 25, marks the final installment of a three-part series of Depression-era (the first one, not the one right now) jazz and blues with Boy and Bean, the husband-wife team of Luke and Amber Short. Boy plays guitar and sings with Bean, and husband and wife are both cuter than buttons on bananas. These young kids in love are both harmonious and charming and will drive any musician who ever had to choose music or marriage insane with envy.
Boy and Bean 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. Free. Info: www.slabtownbar.net.