Nov. 16


Two Portland bands are gearing up for a gumbo-lovers show. The New Iberians play zydeco, rock and blues. The band has released three CDs and is working on a fourth, and is known for its festival-friendly sets, which have won over audiences in the Bay area, Puget Sound area, Idaho, Montana, Chicago and, of course, right here in town. Meanwhile, Steady Boys play country, Cajun and honky tonk and cover everyone from Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell to Loretta Lynn and, we kid you not, Gnarls Barkley.

The New Iberians, Steady Boys, 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-2337,

Nov. 17

Peter Pan syndrome

Portland acoustic Americana band Wendy and the Lost Boys have released a new CD titled “Roadway Not Improved,” and it’s a winner. Many bands in this genre often put out well crafted but somewhat musically safe records, but this band gently and steadily experiments with tempos, lyrical ideas and instrumental attack from song to song, making what’s old sound new, particularly on cuts like “I Want” and the title piece. The band employs mandolin, guitar, bass and rub-board, or frottoir, in a listenable blend of Cajun, bluegrass and blues sure to please fans of Lucinda Williams, David Bromberg and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Wendy and the Lost Boys, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. Free. Info: 503-288-3231,

Polynesian power

The “Give Thanks Tour” features Samoa-meets-Compton’s J Boog, Maoli, the Hawaiian-reggae band Hot Rain and Aisea. J-Boog was a member of the boy group B2K, and starred in “You Got Served,” the hit dance movie, with his B2K band mates, playing the character Rico, the peacemaker of the group. An upbeat reggae-dancehall influenced singer, dancer and rapper, Boog is one of those musicians who immediately transports you to the islands, Polynesian, Caribbean or wherever they drink booze in those glasses with tiny umbrellas. This show will also benefit local anti-hunger efforts.

Give Thanks Tour, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Refuge, 116 S.E. Yamhill St. All ages. $25, $30, $35, $50. Donated canned goods accepted. Info:

Nov. 17, 18

McComb over

Soul, rhythm ‘n’ blues, jazz, Frank McComb can do it all. With a voice like Stevie Wonder’s and the keyboard prowess to match, McComb has toured with Chaka Khan, Prince, Teena Marie, Teddy Pendergrass, Fred Hammond and as musical director of Pop Diva Anastasia. McComb is one smooth cat, and fuses old school and new school sounds in a crowd-pleasing mix that appeals to teens just discovering what soul is to grandparents smiling in knowing ways.

Frank McComb, 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Jazz Cruise on the Willamette River, 110 S.E. Carruthers St. $55 to $65. Info:

McComb with trumpeter Farnell Newton, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Ivories Jazz Lounge, 1435 N.W. Flanders St. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $30 both shows. All ages till 9 p.m. Info: 503-241-6514.

‘Round town

North Country and Runaway Train will play the Eastside Bluegrass concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in Freedom Foursquare Church, 660 S.E. 160th Ave. Lobby jamming at 5:30 p.m. $10 donation, children free. Info:

The Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division will present the KINK “Sing To Feed” concert at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. Several artists will perform to benefit those in need of emergency food and clothing. Performers include Redwood Son & The Moonlight Choir, The Heritage, Tyler Stenson, Gavin Wahl-Stephens & The New Americans, and Jordan Harris. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Minors permitted with parent or legal guardian. Info: 503-234-9694,

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