Bridge over drunken water
America may have outlawed the sale of booze in the 1920s and early '30s, but that only made the music swing, sway, jump and jive that much harder than when imbibing beer was legal. If you want to get a feel for what the Land of the Free sounded like when Jelly rolled and Armstrong growled, sashay down to Duff's Garage to check out The Bridgetown Sextet, which specializes in old-time jazz and swing. This band features Scott Kennedy, on keys and drums, Andrew Oliver on drums, trumpet, and pinebox, David Evans on clarinet and tenor sax, John Moak, on trombone, Doug Sammons on guitar and vocals and Eric Gruber on acoustic bass. Blow, man, blow!
The Bridgetown Sextet, 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $7. Info: 503-234-BEER, www.duffsgarage.com, www.bridgetownsextet.com.
Portland veteran hard-rock trio Floater traffics in old-school Sabbath-April Wine-Triumph-type riffs, soaring tenor vocals and pedal-to-the-metal drumming. This eclectic group is not afraid to throw in some reggae, goth and hints of psychedelia with its rock, and even echoes such '80s stalwarts as The Alarm. The group is teaming up with sometimes garagey, sometimes New Wavey, always determined New York Rifles and gutsy folk-rock belter Vicci Martinez for a show that will benefit the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division. The division provides emergency food, supplies, and other items to folks in distress.
Floater, New York Rifles, Vicci Martinez, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $16 advance, $18 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047, floater.com, viccimartinez.com, myspace.com/newyorkrifles, www.sunshinedivision.org.
Drunk 'n' wrecked
Two of Portland's best roots bands, Drunken Prayer and The Beautiful Train Wrecks will share the stage this Saturday at The Woods. Formed out of the coupling of Morgan Christopher and Miss Audra Fleming, Drunken Prayer embodies Hank Williams' spirit, Merle Haggard's grit, and The Band's soul. Like any real country music band, they're about draining six-packs, not creating abdomens that look like 'em. Meanwhile, the harmonically charged Train Wrecks sound like Buck Owens if he was hired to play his ex-wife's next wedding. Happy on the outside and playing like it, but carrying a load of heartache within.
Drunken Prayer and The Beautiful Train Wrecks, 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, The Woods, 6637 Milwaukie Ave. $6. Info: 503-890-0408, thewoodsportland.com, drunkenprayer.com, beautifultrainwrecks.com.
Have a dance, then drunk with me!
Okay, kids, this is clearly your indie rock dance party this week. Very catchy, lively passionate stuff baby brought to you by supremely bop able Derby, opening for eclectic, bordering on progressive, indie electronica rockers Climber, who will also share the stage with Blue Skies for Black Hearts, indie, garage-influenced popsters as comfortable in a song hall as much as a chic club. An excellent show for your head, heart and booty, baby. And you folks who dig 60s Mersey beats, 80s New Wave, and 20th Century fun in a 21st Century world will dig it, too.
Climber, Derby, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, 9 p .m. Saturday, Dec. 19, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $10. Info: 309503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com climberpdx.com, blueskiesforblackhearts.com.
Country alto singer Lisa Miller sounds like that aunt you had, whom you suspected had lived a wild life, but who was dignified enough not to let you know about it until you were a little older and having your first legal beer with her in a bar. Lisa and Her Kin will be laying down them honky-tonk grooves for free, so if playing Santa emptied your wallet and strained your soul, it's certain Lisa's got a tune to lift your spirits. Yeeeehaw!
Lisa and Her Kin, 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, Mock Crest Tavern, 3435 N. Lombard St. Free. Info: 503-283-5014, mockcrest.com, lisaandherkin.com.
Happy Freakin' Holidays!
A heads up: Need to escape the relatives after a long Christmas Day? Sneak down to Doug Fir to catch gravelly Americana singer Michael Dean Damron and indie roots rockers Miriam's Well, for free.
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, free