- BARBARA MITCHELL
- Portland Tribune - Features
Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven
David Lowery had no problem transitioning from fronting quirky college-rock favorite Camper Van Beethoven to leading his country-rock outfit, Cracker, up the charts.
Tonight you can catch the singer in both incarnations. The bands will be divvying up the evening, then convening at the end for a song or two. If you're a fan of either band (or hopefully both) you'll want to be there.
9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $40
Sweet City Slang
There's a Big Easy swing to Sweet City Slang's particular brand of bluesy, boozy rock. The Portland-based band touts itself as 'hobo-soul,' which suits its Bourbon (Street)-soaked music to a T.
Maybe it's the trombone, but it's no stretch to imagine someone stumbling through New Orleans' French Quarter, arms and heart wide open, and pursuing exactly the wrong guy or girl to the tear-soaked conclusion.
Whether this is the soundtrack to your broken heart or the chance to live vicariously, you'll want to check out this fine local combo.
9:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Dec. 29, Biddy McGraw's, 6000 N.E. Glisan St., 503-233-1178, free
Karaoke From Hell
The Karaoke From Hell band combines two long-standing traditions - its Monday-night residency at Dante's and annual New Year's Eve show - into one 28-hour marathon.
The band takes the stage at 10 p.m. Monday and won't leave it until 2 a.m. Wednesday, which should make for some rather interesting performances and plenty of hilarious moments.
Revelers are invited to camp out for the duration and join what should be one of the city's most memorable New Year's Eve celebrations.
9:30 p.m. MONDAY, Dec. 31, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $13
School of Rock 'Best of the Northwest'
Portland's School of Rock celebrates the end of another season with a special performance of music from the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to hearing the kids' versions of songs by homegrown and transplanted regional acts like the Shins, Mudhoney and Death Cab for Cutie, you'll also have the opportunity to watch members of those bands join the students on stage.
The School of Rock's performances are always inspiring, but tonight's show should be downright magical for all involved.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, Dec. 28, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8686, $16-$17, all ages