The members of Classical Revolution are determined to make the experience of classical music - both playing it and seeing it live - less formal and more fun.
To that end, the loose collective of local musicians has banded together to present the music they love in a relaxed setting with no fussiness involved.
That doesn't mean the quality of performance suffers - they've hosted guest performances by members of the Portland Symphony, Portland Cello Project and Muse Ensemble. It just means you can enjoy the music without pretense or pretension.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave., 503-248-1030, free
Castella bassist Craig Montoya probably is best known for his time in Everclear, and while his new band still is fully capable of angsty, radio-friendly anthems, there's a subtlety and universality to Castella's music that's lacking in Everclear.
Songs like 'Shame' and 'Alone Tonight,' from the band's self-released album, drip with longing even when they're propelled by muscular playing, and vocalist-guitarist Ryan Andrews knows the power of restraint. If you haven't crossed paths with Castella, remedy that at tonight's free show (with the excellent Von Super and My Fellow Traveler).
9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, free
'Going Home' sounds like a nostalgic name for a record, but Vanderbuilte singer-songwriter Nathaniel Boggess seems to be looking ahead and not behind.
The former West Virginian seems right at home in the Northwest's rough and tumble alt-country scene, alongside folks like Mike D and Thee Loyal Bastards and Seattle's Old Man Winter, who are sharing the bill tonight.
If you like your country music flavored with blues and rock, sprinkled with regret but not entirely sorry about the decisions made along the way (only the damage that they've done), then be sure to check out this promising young band of bandits.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, Berbati's Pan, 10 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-2122, $6
- Barbara Mitchell