Jan. 8

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Portland funky soulful hip-hop band Speaker Minds releases its new album, “Gumbo Grooves,” with this show, sharing the stage with trumpeter and musician’s musician Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection, as well as Craig Irby Jr., as DJ Deena B provides grooves between sets. Tony Ozier (DooDoo Funk All-Stars) emcees.

We gave a listen to the Minds’ first single off the record, called “Loose Limbs,” and immediately the office lights dimmed, a mirror ball descended from the ceiling, and everyone started disco skating round the water cooler. You, too, can experience this if you check out Portland native and lead vocalist Randal Wyatt (who sounds a little like Jay Z), who has opened for Slick Rick, Goodie Mob, LMNO and Kev Brown, and The Beatnuts. Wyatt’s crew includes soulful co-lead-vocalist Adrian Adel, guitarist Josh “Shredder” Johnson, keyboardist DLUX the Light/Desmond Spann, backup singer Juan McGruder, drummer Rob Jamieson, and bassist Jon McGuire.

Speaker Minds and guests, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Tickets at Use the promo code “GUMBOGROOVES” to get a ticket to the show and digital copy of the album for $17. Info: 503-248-4700,

Jan. 9

Purr-fect show

COURTESY: MIRI STEBIVKA/MIROFOTO - Miz Kitty leads a song, dance and comedy show at Alberta Rose Theatre, Jan. 9.Portland’s wonderfully eccentric Miz Kitty, aka Lisa Marsicek, will host yet another one of her colorful vaudevillian “parlours” with this show, which features jazzy Brazilian bossa nova group Perola; Curt Carlyle, a comic redheaded juggler; Jet Black Pearl, chanteuse of the accordion; improv and sketch comedian Erin O’Regan; the Ukeladies, a bunch of calendar-ready femme fatales looking to tug at your heartstrings as they strum their ukuleles; and The Charleens, jazzy 1920s dancers who remind why America was never more fun than when the country tried not to be during Prohibition.

Miz Kitty’s Parlour, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-719-6055,

Check-in time

Best known in the States for their two top 10 hits, “Only the Lonely” (1982) and “Suddenly Last Summer” (1983), the Motels were among a string of New Wave bands that made the often-silly 1980s endurable.

The band was fronted by singer Martha Davis, who can change her attack from girly-girl voice to “I’m Every Woman” alto-soprano faster than an alcoholic can make a questionable promise. Lots of musicians have spent time in the Motels, including Johnny Marr of the Smiths and Modest Mouse, so a few years back Davis officially changed the band’s name to its current moniker, Martha Davis & The Motels.

Opening for Martha and company is Portland band Neon Culpa, who play high-energy, power-pop and indie-rock. Fans of nondepressing emo, horn-driven choral rock, and neo-prog rock should enjoy this refreshingly positive band. Check out “Tabula Rosa” and “Return Address” on YouTube.

Martha Davis & The Motels, Neon Culpa, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $25. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: >

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