June 17, 23, 24
Portland artists' collaborative Filmusik creates live soundtracks for classic films, and has put together an arsenal of noise props to enhance viewers' enjoyment of the 1970s Latin American sci-fi flick 'Planet of Dinosaurs.' An original score written by local jazz cats The Blue Cranes will be used to give character to the stop-motion dinosaurs and the people they try to eat. A troupe of local voice over artists will dub the film live from the original script, matching the hapless space-travelers who crash land on a prehistoric planet. Special note to MAX riders - that guy who tells you in Spanish how to get off the train? He's Enrique Andrade, and he'll be playing the spaceship's captain for the June 23 performance.
Filmusik: Planet of Dinosaurs with the Blue Cranes, 8 p.m. Fridays, June 17 and 24, Thursday, June 23 (in Spanish), Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. $10, $8 for students and seniors. Info: 503-281-4215, filmusik.com.
Soldier of Jah
Known as much for his producing as for his performing, Stephen Marley, son of Bob and Rita Marley and a former member of his brother Ziggy's band, the Melody Makers, has chalked up a handful of Grammys and carved out his own niche in the reggae world. Gifted with a gritty yet engaging baritone voice, Marley is not afraid to engage in occasional toasting, a form of lyrical chanting his famous father tended to eschew in favor of straight up crooning. Marley is also clearly mesmerized by the possibilities of dub, utilizing the latest in recording and audio performance technology to expand the sonic possibilities of the genre.
Stephen Marley, Ghetto Youths Crew, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 18, Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave. $26. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499, roselandpdx.com.
Rockin' for refugees
Led by singer-guitarist Steve Killen, Portland's Safire includes Kit Taylor on keyboards, Rob Obregon on bass, Michael Herrman on guitar and Erik Storm on drums. The nationally acclaimed group plays a classy mix of progressive rock, country, ballads and jazz and will release its debut CD at this show, which will also benefit the 'The City of Asylum Project,' which assists refugee journalists from oppressed countries. A great group playing for a great cause, so you have no excuse not to go.
Safire, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Adult must accompany minors. Info: 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com.
Portland's Basketball Jones is clearly insane. As far as we can tell, one of their alternative country rock tunes tells the tale of a guy standing near his albums with a beer. Truth be told, that's a tale more people can relate to than working in coalmines, ridin' the rails or any of the other lyrical clichés that populate roots music. This demented yet talented band will be joined by world beat zydeco hipsters Papa Coyote who will also back New Wave blues rocker Captain Harmonica (rumored to be the alter ego of a certain Tribune music writer) on a foray into mouth organ madness.
Basketball Jones, Papa Coyote, Captain Harmonica, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 18, Sway Bar, 627 S.E. Morrison St. Free. Info: 503-719-6025.
With a PBS series soundtrack already to its credit along with three full-length albums, Chicago's The Henhouse Prowlers have picked and grinned their way into becoming one of the nation's leading bluegrass bands. Portland old-time string benders, the Water Tower Bucket Boys, share this energetic bill for acoustic music lovers.
The Henhouse Prowlers, Water Tower Bucket Boys, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, Goodfoot, 2845 S.E. Stark St. $7. Info: 503-239-9292, thegoodfoot.com.
For those about to folk
A few years back, San Francisco's lo-fi folk-rockers Two Gallants were reportedly on the losing end of an incident witha Houston cop answering a noise complaint at one of their shows and survived to tell the tale, which is a good thing because Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel still have a lot to say. The duo bears witness to the old saw that less is more, as their stripped down sound often delivers sonic and emotional punch that's far stronger than larger groups throw. Fellow folk rockers The Mumlers share the bill.
Two Gallants, The Mumlers 9 p.m. Friday, June 24, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $15. Info: 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com.