MarchFourth always stops in its hometown of Portland every year, bringing its brassy funk, rock and jazz and a slew of acrobats, stilt walkers and more to the local audience.
The band tours year-round these days, playing festivals all over.
In Portland, they'll be joined by Pimps of Joytime, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Tickets are $20-$23 and available at www.etix.com.
There'll also be a matinee for kids at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4.
MarchFourth put out its latest album, "Magic Number," in September 2016.
"Mogo Music Fest Presents: PDX Funk and Soul Par-Tay," curated by Farnell Newton and others, is a celebration of Portland's original music and musicians. The lineup includes Michael "BeatZilla" Whitmore, Arietta Ward and Tyrone Hendrix.
It'll stage at 10 p.m. Saturday at several venues around town: Doug Fir, Star Theater, Dante's, Mission Theater, Secret Society, The White Eagle, Ponderosa Lounge, The Goodfoot, Alberta Street Pub, The Gemini, Kelly's Olympian, Wild Hare Saloon.
Tickets are $10; for more: www.mogofest.com.
We'll occasionally try to alert you to certain events that don't have tickets for sale anymore, which would allow you to ask — bother? — friends to take you.
Robert Cray still holds a place in the musical memories of people, going back to his days playing in Eugene and his epic "Strong Persuader." He'll play at Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Alas, it's sold out.
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• The Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave., has two notable upcoming shows: Max & Iggor Cavalera, performing "Roots," 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2; DevilDriver, which released "Trust No One" last year and is known from "Scrubs" and "Shameless," plays 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. For more: www.hawthornetheatre.com.
• Guitarist John 5, who has played with Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Rod Stewart and Avril Lavigne, plays the Star Theater, 13 N.W Sixth Ave., 9 p.m. Sunday, March 5. "Season of the Witch" is the new album for John 5 and the Creatures. For more: www.startheaterportland.com.
Buy your tickets soon ...
• The Northwest's top Muddy Waters tribute show will be presented 6 p.m. April 3 at Lake Theater & Cafe, 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego.
The show will feature four internationally acclaimed blues musicians who celebrate old-school, traditional blues. The event will feature the songs of Muddy Waters, performed in his original style. Musicians featured in the show include Muddy Waters Award winners Alan Hager on guitar, Mitch Kashmar on harmonica, Jimi Bott on drums and Dean Mueller on bass.
Tickets are $15 each online at www.laketheatercafe.com.
• Chris Brown and 50 Cent bring "The Party" tour to the Moda Center, May 10. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com and www.rosequarter.com.
• Future, which has a new self-titled album, will perform at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash., June 11. Tickets are on sale at www.livenation.com.
• John Mayer comes to Portland on his "The Search for Everything" world tour, stopping at Moda Center on July 22.
• The sixth annual Inner City Blues Festival, "Healing the Healthcare Blues," takes place at 5:30 p.m. April 22 at the Eagle's Lodge, 7611 N. Exeter Ave., and features the Norman Sylvester Band, Obo Addy Legacy Project "Okropong," Mary Flower, Tevis Hodge Jr. and more. Tickets are $20 and available at www.tickettomato.com and Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St., and other locations. Tickets are $25 at the door.