Eric John Kaiser, Portland's favorite French troubadour, has been hosting a nifty little singer-songwriter showcase on Tuesdays at the Thirsty Lion. This show marks the grand finale of the showcase, with the winner garnering a day of recording at Big Red Studio, a live music video or a paid gig.
Singer-Songwriter Showcase, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, Thirsty Lion, 71 S.W. Second Ave. Free. Info: 503-222-2155, thirstylionpub.com.
It's not clear whom The Pagan Jug Band worships, but one suspects the party god Bacchus is in the acoustic Portland band's pantheon. The group features an all-acoustic lineup of banjo, dobro, accordion, blues harmonica, guitar, upright bass and percussion, and jams on bluegrass, folk and country blues, zydeco and Cajun tunes, as well as originals. You can catch them for free on Tuesdays at the Blue Monk and you can even bring your underage infidels with you.
The Pagan Jug Band, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, The Blue Monk, 3341 S.E. Belmont St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-595-0575, thebluemonk.com.
July 5 to 9
One of the nation's premiere jazz clubs, Jimmy Mak's, turns 15 in July, and is celebrating with a great lineup of shows. On Tuesday, July 5, The Mel Brown Sextet and The Alan Jones Sextet take the stage, with Brown's group delivering hard-bop and post-bop jazz and the Jones Sextet bringing the post-bop as well.
On Wednesday, July 6, Mimi Fox, an internationally renowned guitarist/composer, takes the stage with Brown, who will then reunite his original B-3 organ group on Thursday, July 7. The band combines soul, jazz and Motown to take you back to cool school. Special guests include founding member Thara Memory as well as vocalist Sweet Baby James Benton. On Friday, July 8, you can catch soul divas Linda Hornbuckle, LaRhonda Steele and Janice Scroggins with special guests Reggie Houston and Richard Arnold paying tribute to Detroit and New Orleans music. Finally on Saturday, July 9, original Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte appears with Soul Vaccination to play everything from Stevie Wonder to Earth, Wind and Fire.
Birthday concerts, 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, July 5-9, Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. Prices vary. Info: 503-295-6542, jimmymaks.com.
Portland bands Archeology, Boy Eats Drum Machine, Water and Bodies and Hurtbird will play a benefit for the radio station KZME 107.1 FM. Voodoo Doughnuts, The Doug Fir Lounge, Octopus Entertainment, Tender Loving Empire, Lagunitas Brewing and Timber Carnival Records have donated raffle items.
8 p.m. Friday, July 15, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10, 21 and older. Info: 503-667-8848, ext. 335, kzme.fm/happenings.