PORTLAND DRUM FAIR
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) The second Portland Drum Fair, brought to you by the fine folks at Revival Drum Shop and Rhythm Traders, is a celebration of all things drummy. Builders and vendors hawk their wares, rare instruments are on display, local percussionists give clinics and performances all day long, plus lots more! And we promise: No drum circles. NED LANNAMANN
INTO THE WOODS QUARTERLY: HOSANNAS, SUN ANGLE, LOG ACROSS THE WASHER, SUPPORT FORCE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It's funny about word associations. Before last year, if confronted with the term "hosanna" (which, believe me, didn't happen often), I would be overcome by queasy memories of itchy tights and the Catholic school chants I had to recite while wearing them. Then this band came along and forever rescued my brain from such unsettling connotations. It took a while for me to get over their name, but I'm happy I did, because Hosannas are exhilarating, even when they are at their most familiar sounding: You never know what's coming next. Just when they start to seem spacey and psychedelic, you think, "I could seriously get down to this." And then the next song has gorgeous harmonies and sounds like it was recorded at the O.K. Corral. An extra dose of weirdness for this show: The world premiere of Hosannas' "ape cave adventure video" with Into the Woods. REBECCA WILSON
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