Chris Carrabba, singer for Dashboard Confessional, may be the most sincere human being on earth, if you go by the way he ascends a vocal scale and literally soars over a wave of anthemic guitar chords. His sensitive folkish music appeals to legions of mostly young women who can sing every word of the band's melodic songs, making tougher rock dudes in meaner, far less popular bands weep over their effects pedals. On this tour, the band will perform the entire 'Swiss Army Romance' album they released a decade ago - that's the one with the 'Screaming Infidelities' single that briefly made them gods of all things emo.
Dashboard Confessional, Chris Conley (of Saves the Day), Lady Danville, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $25 in advance, $28 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686, www.wonderballroom.com .
Jan. 14, 15
Behind the Green Door
Guitarist/vocalist Cary Novotny and bassist-percussionist Danny O'Hanlon founded Cul an ti, Irish for 'The back of the house,' in 1995, and they just keep getting better and better. The festival-friendly band features Dublin button accordionist Johnny Connolly as well as Dave Cory on the tenor banjo. The band mixes traditional Irish music and pub songs along with American pop, and is known for its ability to get in the Gaelic groove.
Cul an ti, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15, Kell's, 112 S.W. Second Ave. Info: 503-227-4057, www.kellsirish.com .
The Portland-based electric Zimbabwean dance band Loveness Wesa & the Bantus play original southern African dance tunes using traditional instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano) and marimba alongside electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, trumpet and percussion. A native of Zimbabwe, Wesa has sung backup with Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited and teaches traditional Zimbabwean dance in after-school programs. She also leads the dance troupe Kgotso African Arts.
Loveness Wesa & The Bantus Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. $5 to $10 sliding scale. 21 and older. Info: 503-288-3231, www.mississippipizza.com .
If you're feeling irie, but the weather outside leaves you chilly, you might want to check out the 'Winter Greens Tour,' featuring California reggae-rockers Rebelution, Hawaii's Iration, reggae legend Junior Reid, who's fronted Black Uhuru, upcoming Los Angeles funk band Orgone, and the improvisational dreamy reggae tones of Rochester, N.Y.'s Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. A show guaranteed to raise the temperature 40 or 50 degrees.
Rebelution, Iration, Junior Reid, Orgone, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $20. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499, www.roselandpdx.com .
Funk 'n' Wag, y'all
Sitting in school may be the last thing to come to mind when you think about James Brown or George Clinton. But in an effort to raise money for Portland-area school music programs, Fred Wesley, trombonist, composer, arranger and bandleader who's played with both Brown and Clinton, is putting on a special 'Jazz Celebration.' Wesley has played the bone with The Commodores, the Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Bootsy Collins, Pancho Sanchez, New York Voices, Slide Hampton, Van Morrison, the SOS Band and Cameo, to name a few. If you want the children to learn the funk, as well as classical, big band, and a host of other types of music, you can catch Wesley playing with students from various area schools.
'A Jazz Celebration' featuring Fred Wesley, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Cleveland High School, 3400 S.E. 26th Ave. $10. Info: 503-916-5120, www.funkyfredwesley.com .