ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) If it seems like Elvis Costello's been on the road pretty much nonstop these days, it's because he has been. The once-bristly Brit has embraced his status as living legend over the past decade with live dates, television appearances, and as host of his own musical variety show, Spectacle. He's also managed to perpetuate his reign over contemporary songsmiths with a slew of spectrum-spanning LPs with the Imposters. On the Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour, Costello combines game-show theatrics with a setlist boasting over 200 different classic tunes. During each performance, lucky fans get the chance to go onstage to spin the wheel, clicking across categories like "hits," "rarities," and more. As if this wasn't spectacle enough, the stage will be flanked by go-go cages—and likely covered in the panties of all genders in celebration of Elvis' first Portland appearance since forever. RYAN J. PRADO Also see My, What a Busy Week!
SOUL'D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT, DJ COOKY PARKER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The beloved, local, mostly cello ensemble plays three shows (including an all-ages afternoon show on Saturday) to celebrate the release of Homage, their album of oddball covers and original material. Read our article on Portland Cello Project.
SOUL'D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: PIERCED ARROWS, THE LOVESORES, DI DI MAU
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Let's check in with Fred and Toody Cole, shall we? Last I heard, they were engaged in legendary badassery, churning out gritty rock 'n' roll with their buddy Kelly Haliburton, and being ridiculously in love—as can be seen in a recent OPB clip of their latest song, "We Won't Break," which Fred describes as "about me and Toody hanging together forever." The indefatigable duo also continues to bring new Portland bands into the fold, such as Di Di Mau, a foursome that formed in the fall and just released a new EP. Incorporating elements of Pierced Arrows' unapologetic rock and speed, Di Di Mau's intriguing recordings are marked by the performance of vocalist Austin Paradise, who employs an uneasy, Jim Morrisonesque warble to deliver unsettling meditations on serial killers and general malaise. MARANDA BISH
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(Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th) The legend goes that Oregon soul singer Curtis Salgado inspired John Belushi to start the Blues Brothers back in the late '70s. Since then Salgado's been through numerous ups and downs; having fully recovered from health problems over the past few years, he plays two shows to celebrate the release of his new Soul Shot album. It's slick, crisp, competent soul music; if you thought Briefcase Full of Blues was an adequate substitute for classic sides by Junior Wells and Sam & Dave, Soul Shot will probably knock your socks off. NED LANNAMANN
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