Dec. 5

He, alone, sings for you

In the mid-1990s, Pennsylvania band Live’s anthemic U2-meets-Creed singles were all over FM radio, with “I Alone” poised to take its place alongside the biggest of stadium-filling songs ever written by we-want-the-world-and-we-want-it-now groups, from The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” to Pearl Jam’s “Alive.”

Singer Ed Kowalczyk was the passionate frontman for a band that helped codify the “modern” rock sound, with its de-bluesified, de-macho-ed melodies in favor of more operatic-sounding tunes and sensitive New Age lyrical strivings. However, Kowalczyk and his bandmates split up in a way that makes it seem more likely you’ll see Axl and Slash get back together than witness a Live reunion, with Kowalczyk and his ex-band members suing one another over — you guessed it, money.

Nonetheless, Kowalczyk ain’t throwin’ in the towel, and has hit the road on a solo acoustic tour to support his third solo album “The Flood and the Mercy,” which features contributions from R.E.M.’s Peter Buck as well as singer-songwriter Rachel Yamagata.

Ed Kowalczyk, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694

Dec. 6

Not so silent night

Given the plethora of stories about people trampling others outside Walmart this time of year, it’s easy to forget many folks are gearing up to celebrate Christmas, which is actually about a family whose matriarch gave birth in a lowly stable, and not about families keeping up with the Kardashians.

So rather than bemoan that plasma TV you failed to get on Black Friday, come see the Jubilee Christmas Tour with

The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five in this countrified gospel music concert, which will be sprinkled with comedy in between old and new seasonal tunes.

The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, New Hope Community Church, 11731 S.E. Stevens Road. $22, $30. Info: 1-800-965-9324,

Dec. 9

The lions king

Jamaican reggae guitarist-bassist-singer Donavan “I-Taweh” Cunningham was the youngest member of the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari and

also has worked as band leader for the original dance hall king Sugar Minott as well as Everton Blender and Yellow Wall Dub Squad. He’s also recorded for such artists as Sade and Morgan Heritage.

With his 10-piece band the Reggae Lions, the bass-voiced singer is touring with legendary trombonist Nambo Robinson, who’s played with everyone from Bob Marley to Aretha Franklin. I-Taweh’s first solo album featured such musicians as Sly Dunbar and Dean Frasier, and he’s also written music featured in movies. Good solid danceable and socially conscious music.

I-Taweh & The Reggae Lions featuring: Nambo Robinson, Shocks Of Sheba Sound, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $8 to $12 sliding scale. 21 and older.

by: COURTESY OF JASON TANAKA BLANEY - Veteran band Red Wanting Blue, from Ohio, has a loyal fan base for its down-to-earth rock n roll, and itll play Mississippi Studios, Dec. 11.

Dec. 11

Americana the beautiful

Hailing from Ohio, Red Wanting Blue play down-to-earth rock ‘n’ roll that is like their home state — in the middle of America. Their simple, folk-influenced melodies (and pretty well-written lyrics) all sung by Scott Terry in a gruffy Peter Gabriel-like voice, make them sort of a Hootie and the Blowfish for our time.

Competent meat ‘n’ potatoes bands like this sometimes break into the mainstream, sometimes don’t, depending, quite frankly, on how aggressively they’re marketed. But the one thing this band has is a very loyal fan base, so they’ve got a head start there. Then again, they’ve been playing since 1996 and probably don’t give a crap how big they get anymore, just as long as they never, ever, ever have to twerk for their dinner.

Will Hoge, Red Wanting Blue, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $10. Info: 503-288-3895,

'Round town

• Indie folk rocker Lissie, an alto-voiced guitar player and solid songwriter who draws on everyone from Alanis Morissette to Bruce Springsteen for inspiration, takes the stage along with Kopecky Family Band at the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. All ages.

• Two nights later at the ballroom, eclectic indie rockers The Dismemberment Plan will take the stage along with Telekinesis. Sometimes called the godfathers of dance-punk, The Plan have been kicking around for two decades, dabbling in post-punk, math rock, experimental rock, breaking up, getting back together, taking interesting day jobs, all that kind of thing. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. $25 in advance, $28 at the door. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686,

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