Portland's Mayor Apparently Gave You All Plenty to Complain About This Year
SADE, JOHN LEGEND
(Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) Come home with a black belt in lovemaking after a night with Sade, still making the smoothest, silkiest, sexiest sounds known to human ears. The English group, with iconic lead singer Sade Adu, hasn't toured in close to 10 years, so this is one you won't want to miss. MARY HOFFMANN
PORTUGAL. THE MAN, SCARS ON 45
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) After recently playing Lollapalooza, Portugal. The Man had their van and trailer—and more importantly, all the gear inside—stolen. As of press time, the vehicle and trailer had been found, but the gear is still missing; the collection of vintage guitars and rare amps contributed to the distinct sound that P.TM has carefully cultivated over the past few years, culminating in the recent release of their first album for Atlantic Records, the excellent In the Mountain in the Cloud. The loss is shocking even at a time where it seems like bands have their equipment stolen routinely; an outpouring of Tweets and posts have spread word of the irreplaceable gear to pawnshops far and wide. For this hometown benefit show, Blitzen Trapper has magnanimously offered to loan the band their gear, a gesture that is fitting with the generosity of the event. It's a fundraiser staged by KINK-FM for the Harrington Family Foundation, the nonprofit started by former U of O quarterback Joey Harrington, who oddly enough was hit by an SUV while riding his bike on July 31. While the money is going toward youth and education, it sounds like both Harrington and P.TM might be in need of a little philanthropy themselves. In other words, go and give generously. NED LANNAMANN
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