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Live Music

Dec. 26

Rap the year up

One of your last chances to hear live hip hop in 2013 takes place this week when Stewart Villain, Donte Thomas, Marki$ Apollo, Cassow, Packard Browne, No Leader, Carmine, Slick Devious, Pyetti, Maxie and MATO take the stage for this all-ages show.

Year End Hip Hop Showcase, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. $8. Info: 503-233-7100, www.hawthornetheatre.com.

Dec. 27-28

Real oldies

The Oregon Renaissance Band’s upcoming Christmas concerts are hundreds of years in the making.

Take “The Netherworldly Outdoor Concert,” first published in 1695 by musician Heinrich Meyer. ORB’s Philip Neuman, who co-directs the group with his wife, Gayle, notes Meyer allegedly heard the tune on a Norwegian farm, although nobody saw anyone performing it.

“The music appeared to come out of nowhere,” he says. “The farmer told him this happened every Christmas Eve.” The mysterious piece is one of 24 the Renaissance Band will perform in its “Tidings of Great Joy” concert. The show also will feature music from England, Ireland, Transylvania, France and Germany, as well as tunes from ORB’s latest CD, “Now Make We Joye.”

ORB members include: David Bryan on sackbutt (trombone); Sharon Cheney on great bass rackett (a reed instrument) and bell; Daphne Clifton on recorder and rackett; Ben Fitch on voice, recorder and tabor (drum); Lori Fitch on recorder; Polly Gibson on recorder and viola da gamba; Andrew Harris on sackbutt; Cindy Markham on vocals and recorder; Gayle Neuman on vocals, early violin, recorder, krummhorn (a reed instrument), sackbutt and rackett; Philip Neuman on vocals, sackbutt, recorder, cornamuse (reed pipe), tartold (double reed instrument) and bagpipe; Kathryn Richer on recorder, krummhorn, bagpipe, spinettino (a form of harpsichord) and pellet bells; and Hideki Yamaya on lute and early guitar.

Oregon Renaissance Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec 27-28, Community Music Center, 3350 S.E. Francis St. $15 general admission; $12 for students and seniors. Info: www.emgo.org.

Dec. 31

Make the scene in 2014

Portland will be hoppin’ as usual on Tuesday, Dec. 31, better known as New Year’s Eve. Here are a few shows to check out if you’re looking to party:

by: COURTESY OF RIOT ACT MEDIA - The Parson Red Heads will pay tribute to the late JJ Cale and others in its annual New Years Eve gig at the White Eagle.• The Parson Red Heads will host their annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the White Eagle, 836 N. Russell St., continuing their tradition of performing a classic album in its entirety.

In honor of JJ Cale, who died earlier this year, the band will perform “Naturally,” which featured “Call Me The Breeze,” later a hit for Lynyrd Skynrd, as well as “After Midnight,” which Eric Clapton famously covered. Show starts at 9 p.m. Stan McMahon’s Guided by Voices cover band Giant Bug Village will play GBV’s 1995 album “Alien Lanes,” and Free Car Walsh (aka Walshatron 3000) is a Joe Walsh tribute band featuring members of Blitzen Trapper, the Red Heads and Pure Bathing Culture & Pearly Gates Music. $12. Info: 503-282-6810, www.mcmenamins.com.

• Irish punk rockers Whiskey’s Lament will ring in the new year at Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. Show starts at 9 p.m. Info: 971-229-1455, www.slabtownbar.net.

• Speakin’ of rowdy rock ‘n’ roll, check the stoner-certifed, blues-bathed, down ‘n’ dirty bands Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil and Black Snake along with country-credentialed boogie-rated The Sorry Devils at Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St. 9 p.m. $10.

Info: 503-345-7892, www.danteslive.com.

• The alterna-rock crowd can get its fill when gloriously ambitious Florida indie rockers Surfer Blood headline a show with Portland pop rockers Wild Ones and the Rose City’s critically acclaimed choral pop rockers Ages and Ages at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. 9 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895, www.missisissippistudios.com.

• Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St., will host a “Throwback Prom” at 9 p.m., with the bar decked out in underwater décor. Hip-hop reggae rockers Raise the Bridges headline, along with progressive hip-hoppers Bad Habitat as well as Proper Knocks. $8. Info: 503-226-0430, www.ashstreetsaloon.com.