Share the Road Memorial Benefit with the Upsidedown, Six Foot Sloth, GingGang
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to make you stop and thank your lucky stars you're here - and to help remind others to be aware of that unacknowledged miracle.
Tonight's show is a memorial to former Spooky Dance Band singer-keyboardist Orion Satushek and visual artist Angela Leazenby, who were killed by a drunken driver three years ago this weekend.
Pick up a copy of the Spooky Dance Band's hauntingly brilliant double LP, 'Nightmare Fantasy/Scary Reality,' available for the first time at tonight's show, enjoy a night of top-notch local music - and stop and remember to be careful out there.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, June 24, the Artistery, 4315 S.E. Division St., 503-803-5942, $5, all ages
Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band
Legendary reggae star Yellowman is a master at beating the odds, as well as one of the dancehall genre's liveliest performers.
Born albino and raised in an orphanage in Kingston, Jamaica, Yellowman made a name for himself as one of the genre's best toasters and was at times considered the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley.
He's beaten cancer twice, evolved from bawdy clown to a more refined and socially conscious lyricist and continues to wow audiences with his nimble delivery and energy.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, June 24, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $22, all ages
Children of the Revolution
Seattle's Children of the Revolution play world music the new-fashioned way. Rather than draw exclusively from a particular genre, the band mixes, matches and seamlessly blends music from the Middle East, Spain, Greece, South America and contemporary pop worlds to create something truly postmodern, brilliantly multicultural and oddly familiar.
With about a dozen musicians from six different countries in the mix, the band more than lives up to its slogan 'the world on one stage,' and offers one of the more dynamic and energetic live performances you're likely to witness this weekend or any other.
9 p.m. SATURDAY, June 24, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $10
Attitude. Local trio Kleveland has it in spades - along with the tightly written, catchy-as-hell rock songs and chops to back it up. The band is celebrating the release of its new self-titled album, which is out on Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen's local label, Pampelmoose.
Featuring rockers like 'Jonny Is a Klepto,' 'I've Got a Date' and 'Cursed,' singer Stephanie Smith and company snarl and shake their way through 13 songs bristling with energy, urgency and hooks galore.
9:30 p.m. SATURDAY, June 24, Towne Lounge, 714 S.W. 20th Place, 503-241-8696, $5
Eric Ambel and the Roscoe Trio
Musicians don't come with a résumé much more impressive than Eric 'Roscoe' Ambel's. The guitarist in Joan Jett's original Blackhearts, Ambel also fronted cult favorites the Del-Lords, has produced records by the likes of the Bottle Rockets, Nils Lofgren and Freedy Johnston, owns New York's much-loved watering hole/occasional music venue Lakeside Lounge, a recording studio and his own label.
In case that's not enough, his band the Yahoos (a roots-rock supergroup that includes the Georgia Satellites' Dan Baird) have just released a rockin' new album and he's hitting the road for his first tour with his wife, the outstanding Mary Lee.
8 p.m. SUNDAY, June 26, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, $12