April 17-20

Soul’d Out Part Deux

The Soul’d Out Music Festival got off to a great start last week with packed shows all over town, and this week’s festival dates include the following shows:

April 17: Ural Thomas is Portland’s elder statesman of soul, having shared the stage with James Brown, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder, as well as having graced the Harlem Apollo stage 44 times. A nine-piece band called The Pain will back one of our city’s greatest musical treasures at 9 p.m. in the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Rev. Shines and Ancient Heat share the bill.

Meanwhile, U.K. electronic dance music pioneers The Orb, who spawned ambient house music, take the stage at 9 p.m. in the Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $17.

April 18: “Post-funk” soul band Magic Mouth, as well as Orquestra Pacifico Tropical play an all-ages show on the Portland Spirit (it’s a boat,

baby). Boarding starts at 10:30 p.m. $10. Info:

April 19: The Lady Sings the Blues: 8th annual Billie Holiday Tribute takes place at 8 p.m. in the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. This show features Catherine Feeny, Liz Vice, Danielle Sullivan-Ward, Naomi Folsom Tatuoka, Boy and Bean, Amenta Abiota, Jeni Wren, Ezza Rose and Rebecca Miller. Adult must accompany minors. $12. Meanwhile, the mighty fine Portland string-flavored folk quintet Fruition shares the stage with Otis Heat at 9 p.m. in the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $12 in advance, $14 at the door.

April 20: Alabama’s sons of soul St. Paul and The Broken Bones head to the Wonder Ballroom for a 9 p.m. show. Or you could shimmy on down to the jazzy, dance-friendly Youngblood Brass Band/Fly Moon Royalty show at 9:30 p.m. at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $13.50 in advance, $15 day of show.

For more information on the festival, visit

April 19

Male call

by: COURTESY OF KEVIN FAULKNER - The rock 'n' soul band The Men have mined many genres of music through the years, and theyll back their fifth album, Tomorrows Hits, and play at Dantes on April 19.Brooklyn’s The Men started out as a noisy punk rock band but are evolving into a good ole melodic rock ‘n’ soul band. Their fifth studio album “Tomorrow’s Hits” contains some epic stuff, especially “Different Days,” a just-fuzzy-enough-to-tickle-your-ears number that starts off like the Isley Brothers penned Human Beinz hit “Nobody But Me” then turns into a garage-flavored danceable rocker you can’t resist.

Meanwhile “Another Night” is a great retro stomper that sounds like Joe Jackson paying homage to Motown. The Men are Mark Perro on vocals and guitar, Nick Chiericozzi on vocals and guitar, Rich Samis on drums, Ben Greenberg on vocals and bass, and Kevin Faulkner on lap steel. These boys have mined country music, classic rock, Americana, doo-wop and surf rock for their tunes and may someday join Los Lobos as one of America’s most dependably rock ‘n’ roll outfits.

The Men, Gun Outfit, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St. $12 Info: 503-226-6630,

April 21

Draggin on a dandelion

Nashville’s The Smoking Flowers combine rock, blues and country with punk to create a sound reminiscent of Concrete Blonde, X, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Kim and Scott Collins have overcome some pretty high hurdles, including Kim’s breast cancer, which is thankfully in remission, and travel with a truckload of talent as well as accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, drums, mandolin and harmonica. These are real folks making real music, and you could do little better on a weeknight than to catch these modern-day troubadours in love.

Luz Elena Mendoza, Pat Hull, The Smoking Flowers, Harlowe, 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $8. Info: 503-493-3600,

April 23

Under coverage

Kentucky pop rockers Sleeper Agent play the kind of upbeat joyous music that bands like Grouplove, Gold Motel and in the old days, The Jam, loved to play. Combining rock, punk, Motown and garage, this band’s name belies the fact they’re actually overt, not covert, putting their lust and love for life right in your face. Lead singer Alex Kandel has a great rocker voice, alto enough to beat the boys, but with just a hint of sweetness to make the lover in all of us melt. Inventive and intelligent L.A. pop-rock duo Holychild and Arkansas garage rocky Pagiins share the bill for what’s sure to be one of the week’s most fun shows.

Sleeper Agent, Holychild, Pagiins, 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $12. Info: 503-231-9663,

Piano man

Tigran Hamasayan, a jazz pianist who plays Armenian-flavored original compositions, shares a show with Emmet Lindsay, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $18 in advance, $20 at the door, $30 preferred seating. Info: 503-719-6055,

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