- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
While the sun shines
Back in the naughty '90s, Portland's Haymaker made a stir with its country-flavored rock 'n' roll that garnered it comparisons to R.E.M. and Uncle Tupelo. In some ways, Haymaker was a lot more fun than the bands to which it was compared, probably because band members weren't afraid to sound a bit less sober and a bit more redneck than a lot of y'all-ternative acts. The band reunites for what's sure to be a whiskey-soaked party with at least one hair-pulling cat fight between your ex-girlfriend and that lady you left her for, late in the evening.
Haymaker, Thistle, Kat Courtney, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave. $10. Info: 503-248-1030.
Rich DelGrosso has been nominated five times for Blues Music Awards for his stellar mandolin playing. That's right, while blues musicians are usually pegged as guitarists, pianists, vocalists or harmonica-players, there's actually quite a rich tradition of mandolin in the blues, and DelGrosso carries the torch for it better than anyone. A blues music writer of some renown and a noted teacher of the instrument, he's a national treasure who deserves to be much, much more popular.
Rich DelGrosso, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. Info: 503-234-BEER, duffsgarage.com.
Portland's Klezmocracy is made up of saxophonist Jason Dumars, bassist Damian Erskine, pianist Ralph Huntley, percussionist Joe Janiga, and saxophonist/slide guitarist Courtney Von Drehle along with a rotating cast of special guests. The band boasts some Emmy-nominated members as well as a sound that combines jazz, rock and Latin music with Eastern European klezmer. Their eclectic sound is kind of like a Yiddish big band playing in a tight space, compressed, powerful and muscular, but smart enough to leave everyone just enough room to breathe.
Klezmocracy, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Tupai at Andina's Restaurant, 1314 N.W. Glisan St. $55 includes dinner. Info: 503-228-9535, andinarestaurant.com.
Scotland's Mogwai has released six albums with barely a whisper. That's because they're primarily an instrumental act that eschews vocals for a concentrated rock 'n' roll attack. It's head-clearing stuff that throws classic rock ingredients in a post-punk stew peppered with progressive rock, metal, art rock, math rock - OK, can we just call it totally epic rock, please? It's great, powerful music and humbling to any lead singer who's ever thought he or she was the reason folks were screaming for the band. Fellow Scotsmen Errors, a dreamier band that likes its dance music, joins this bill, which shows the exciting things that can happen when performers actually believe in what they're doing.
Mogwai, Errors, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $22 in advance, $25 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686, wonderballroom.com.
Boise singer-guitarist Marcus Eaton writes classy, intelligent songs that draw on elements of rock, folk, funk, reggae, flamenco, classical, jazz and other good stuff. He's collaborated with David Crosby - and plays guitar on his latest album - and toured with Dave Matthews and is probably one of the few singers who can use the word 'subconscious' in a song without sounding awkward or pretentious. He'll be in town with bassist Ben Burleigh and percussionist Kevin Rogers. Guitar wizard Tim Reynolds joins the show with his trio TR3.
Marcus Eaton, Tim Reynolds/ TR3, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 8, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $17. Info: 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com.