OLD TIME MUSIC GATHERING KICK-OFF PARTY: CALEB KLAUDER COUNTRY BAND, WHISKEY PUPPY, NEWT PAYNE
(The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd) Now entering year 14, the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering is a multi-day, multi-venue affair with plenty of old-time music, workshops, square dancing, kids' stuff and more for stringband and bluegrass lovers. Kicking off this year is a totally free party at the Spare Room with Mercury faves the Caleb Klauder Country Band, along with Whiskey Puppy and Newt Payne. NED LANNAMANN
BÉISBOL, MINDEN, SAMA DAMS, MICRASOFT
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Try not to be distracted by Minden's glittery Spandex outfits or billowing facial hair—this Portland-by-way-of Kansas-City six-some peddles smooth, glowy dance-pop with confidence, humor, and a healthy dollop of funk. The ridiculous outfits are just gravy on one very enjoyable train. ALISON HALLETT
BIRDS OF CHICAGO, JENN RAWLING AND BASHO PARKS, HUCK NOTARI
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Jenn Rawling's gentle voice takes you to a welcoming, woodsy place that feels like home. The latest collaboration between Rawling and Basho Parks, Take the Air is a refined and romantic collection of songs that stand distinctively on their own but come together to create a strong and thoughtful folk album. Parks' plethora of strings and Rawling's poetic guitar and voice work together to form a compelling and harmonic arrangement. Their music is at once haunting and charming, and their chemistry is wholly undeniable. RACHEL MILBAUER
NICK JAINA, ESMÉ PATTERSON
(Roadside Attraction, 1000 SE 12th) Seeing Nick Jaina play Roadside Attraction will assuredly be a heartwarming and beautiful experience. The bar's quirky, old-timey dÉcor seems perfectly suited to his comforting, emotion-filled songwriting. After spending the latter half of the '00s successfully putting out well-received albums on Hush Records, Jaina decided to step back from the mic to write and produce 2011's The Beanstalks That Have Brought Us Here Are Gone, an album that featured all female vocalists, including locals Luz Elena Mendoza of Y la Bamba, Laura Gibson, and many other stand-out talents. The renowned songwriter didn't stop there, though, and as of late has been pursuing the more intellectual side of music, composing for theater and ballet. Paired with the incredible singer EsmÉ Patterson of the Denver-based baroque collective Paper Bird, I look forward to looking back on this intimate performance with nostalgia. ROCHELLE HUNTER
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