Feb. 8

One tree, two branches

The Wood Brothers feature younger brother Chris Wood, best known as bassist for the popular instrumental trio Medeski Martin & Wood, which combined jazz, funk, blues, experimental noise and other styles that drew a fiercely loyal following from the early 1990s on. Meanwhile, older brother Oliver Wood played guitar and sang with the less well-known but critically acclaimed R&B, funk, soul and country jam band King Johnson out of Atlanta for years. The Wood brothers decided to jam together on a regular basis about six years ago, plying a rootsy trade that has earned them a whole new following of blues, folk and country music lovers. Oliver writes tough but tender lyrics and likes tempo changes that give his tunes a heft that his brother’s bass-playing more than matches. It’s the kind of music that greets the sunrise with smiling eyes even when the heart is still a bit heavy from last night’s conversations.

The Wood Brothers, Seth Walker, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Info: 503-234-9694,

Feb. 10-16

They’re in with Quinn

Portland folkie Kory Quinn will host more than a dozen music guests in series of free roots-Americana shows next week. Here’s the lineup: Eric John Kaiser on Feb. 10; Rob Stroup & Naomi Hooley on Feb. 11; Brothers of The Hound (Will West, Julio Appling, and Bob Soper) on Feb. 12; Songwriters in The Round (Lewi Longmire, Paleo) on Feb. 13; Elizabeth Nicholson & Bob Soper on Feb. 14; Woodbrain (Joe McMurrian, Jason Honl, David Lipkind) on Feb. 15; and Sam Cooper, Kory Quinn & the Comrades (Paul Brainard, Julio Appling, and David Lipkin) on Feb. 16.

Kory Quinn & Guests, 7 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, Feb. 10-16, Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel, 303 S.W. 12th Ave. Free. 21 and older. Info: 503-972-2670,

Feb. 12

Crash the party

Portland’s electro-pop band Adventure Gallery plays traditional rock instruments as well as synthesizers, drum machines, and other gizmos to create danceable, straight-ahead but oh-so-decadent music. Older fans of ‘80s synth-pop and English New Wave will feel right at home, while younger people who like the Killers and other such groups should have a pretty good time as well.

Adventure Gallery, Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Bunk Bar, 1028 S. E. Water Ave. No. 130. $3. Info: 503-894-9708,

‘Round town

Heart Beats: A Benefit Concert for Vibe Of Portland will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. Vibe of Portland is a nonprofit outfit that provides arts and music classes for Portland students. The benefit will feature No Kind of Rider, Sucker for Lights, Wildish and guests. $15. Info: 503-231-WOOD,

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