Live Music!

by: Courtesy of Chris Phelps 
The Texas family pop rockers Eisley will hit the Wonder Ballroom on May 20.

May 19

Solo soul

If you saw Soulive in the waning years of the past decade, you may remember a boisterous husky-voiced lead singer by the name of Toussaint, who has apparently earned the moniker 'Protector of Soul Music, Defender of Roots.' Toussaint has carved his own career as a purveyor of roots-rock-reggae and will share the stage with hip-hop-reggae artist Alcyon Massive, horn-driven reggae soulmasters Chronicle, and The Escort Service, a notable group of Northwest backing musicians led by drummer Scotty 'One Drop' Valpey.

Toussaint, Alcyon Massive, Chronicle, The Escort Service, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: 503-360-1450,

May 20

Family affair

Three sisters, one brother and two cousins make up the Texas band Eisley, who have steadily grown their fan base the old-fashioned way - by actually playing shows in front of people and touring their collective behinds off, sharing stages with Coldplay, Switchfoot and Rooney. Fans of smart, sharp pop rock with folk and classical twists will dig this group's sound, which features gorgeous female harmonies and competent arrangements.

Eisley, The Narrative, Christie DuPree, 9 p.m. Friday, May 20, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. All Ages. $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Info: 503-284-8686,

May 21

Bits 'n' pieces

As any garage rocker worth his or her scarf knows, the series of 'Nuggets' records released by various labels since 1972 educated thousands of snot-nosed punks on what was happening in the 1960s just before joyous rock 'n' roll became 'rock,' with all the attendant pomposity. For the fifth year in a row, the following bands plan to pay tribute to the most psychedelic, bubblegummy and unbeatable rock in the world, with proceeds benefiting the Jeremy Wilson foundation, which helps underinsured musicians. Wilson and his band, the famed Dharma Bums, will be there along with Beyond Veronica, Welcome Home Walker, Blue Skies For Black Hearts, The Welfare State, Brownish Black, The Pynnacles, The Satin Chaps, Mr. Howl, Metropolitan Farms, Honus Huffhines, Deep Joy, The Jim Jams, Pataha Hiss, Terwiligar Curves, Wolfman Fairies, The Night Hatchers and Sick Broads

Nuggets Night, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Slabtown Bar, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $10. Info: 503-223-0099,

This jam is your jam

The Eastside Bluegrass Series continues this week with Sleepy-Eyed Johns serving up traditional as well as new grass music that flows like a stream past a spooning couple on one bank and a surly moonshiner on the other. Sharing the stage is BrokenTop, which should be famous for its 'Rub Alcohol Blues' alone, a great droning country tune that could make you quit your job and light out for beyond yonder. Although the band is new, its members are drawn from such familiar Northwest roots groups as Misty River, Frontline, Sam Hill, the Knott Bros., Kate McKenzie and the Leah Larson Band

Sleepy-Eyed Johns, BrokenTop, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Freedom Foursquare Church, 660 S.E. 160th Ave. $10 suggested donation, children free. Open jam in lobby at 5:30 p.m. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May 27

For mature audiences only

The wonderful baroque-folk acoustic duo Foxtails Brigade hails from San Francisco and features guitarist-singer Laura Weinbach and violinist Anton Patzner. The duo combines an old-fashioned melodic sense with the ability to add modern - and sometimes jarring - musical changes. Definitely an act for the smart set, though no one will be checking you for your library card.

Foxtails Brigade, Sons of August, 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, Alberta Street Pub, 1036 N.E. Alberta St. Info: 503-284-7665,