June 22, 23

Grace over pressure

Gifted with both a voice that slays and looks that kill, Grace Potter has no fear of using her anthemic alto-soprano to fill a room, let alone a stadium. Just have a listen to her latest single with her band The Nocturnals, “The Lion The Beast The Beat” which combines the thunderous drumming of metal, the slightly twangy guitar of country blues rock and just a bit of synthesized strings to convey the message: Do Not Mess With Grace!

Potter and The Nocturnals harken back to the days of yore when rock musicians from Queen to the Allmans to Elton John aimed for the glorious center of pop culture even as they tried to form their own distinct sound.

In some ways, female performers, who took so long to be fully accepted as rockers by their male peers, have come to enjoy this type of fame more than their male contemporaries, who waste a lot of time being cooler than thou as they try to please anal-retentive niche audiences. It’s now up to ladies like Grace to remind rockers that unless you’re trying to conquer the whole wide world what’s the point of cranking your amps in the first place?

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Fort Atlantic, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Potter performs an all-ages show, with Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R., at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23, same venue, time and price. Info: 503-225-0047,

June 27

Shiny happy people

Portland’s Three for Silver combines the atmospheric swirling of intoxicating cabaret music with touches of jazz, folk, punk, waltz, Eastern European accordion, down-home blues, heck, let’s just say these folks know how to play music.

Featuring smoky singer Willo Sertain of The Underscore Orkestra, a Portland-based klezmer swing band, and Lucas Warford of Izzy and The Catastrophics, an old-school rock and swing, this outfit, along with its friends, released a beautiful, haunting self-titled album late last year. With this show, Warford will be showcasing his five-string bass banjo, which he co-created with local bass luthier Ed Davey. “It is, to our knowledge, the only instrument of its kind in the world and has been designed to specifically suit my idiosyncratic playing style,” Warford adds, furtively glancing around to see if any patent-stealers are lurking in the shadows.

OK, we made that part up, but if you hear these cats and kitten, you’ll understand. He also plays bass balloon, you’ve got to see it to believe it, check out, the boy just boings and boings.

Three for Silver, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $5. Info: 503-493-3600,

June 29

Mixin match

Hot on the heels of his recent collaboration with electronic music duo Daft Punk on their latest album “Random Access Memories,” Todd Edwards, producer, remixer, sampler, singer and all-around garage and house dance music king will get the feets a’movin’ along with groovy German house music legend Ian Pooley as well as local heroes Lincolnup, Ben Tactic, Romo and Bahb.

Edwards probably is best known for his previous collaboration with Daft Punk, which yielded the No. 1 club hit “Face to Face.” Edwards made his mark with collaged/cut-up samples over swung beats and disco-flavored basslines. He’s remixed everyone on the planet as well.

BTW, if you want to learn more about your local EDM heroes, a good place to start is by visiting, which is co-sponsoring this show along with Northwest House Music Conference.

Todd Edwards, Ian Pooley, Lincolnup, Ben Tactic, Romo, Bahb, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $12. Info: 503-288-3895,

Round Town

• Speaking of EDM, Portland producer Natasha Kmeto has just released her new LP “Crisis,” and will mark the occasion with a show at Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St., at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Other acts include Grown Folk, Ben Tactic and Lincolnup. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. This event is part of the Closer Music Festival happening through June 23 across Portland. Festival passes will be accepted at the door. Info: 503-239-7639,

• It will be Americana heaven when Portland’s The Builders and The Butchers mark the release of their latest record “Western Medicine.” Sons of Huns and River Giant join the show, which takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $15. Info: 503-288-3895,

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