High Notes: The Best Live Music in Portland This Week, July 7-12
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
July 7 @ 7:30
With every instrument occupied by a member of the Van Halen clan (Eddie and Valerie Bertinelli’s son Wolfgang is on bass), there is no good reason why this multi-generational pop-metal dynasty shouldn’t flourish well into the 21st century (and beyond). The tricky part has always been the man in front holding the microphone. Since original rock peacock David Lee Roth has returned to the fold, all is well, because no one in his or her right mind wants to hear any of the formulaic crap VH recorded with Sammy Hagar or (shudder) Gary Cherone. Please, nothing more recent than 1984, fellas.
$40-175. Amphitheater Northwest, 17200 NE Delfel Rd, Richfield, WA.
July 8 @ 8pm
Declan McManus takes a break from the current Steely Dan tour where he and the Imposters are enlisted as the opening act. Hopefully a night off will inspire a freewheeling safari through some deep cuts stretching all the way back to “Miracle Man” or “Blame It On Cain.” Amusing anecdotes should be an integral part of the evening since Elvis has his autobiography ‘Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink’ due out in October, and this is a prime opportunity to stretch his storytelling muscles.
$39.50-79.50. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway.
July 9 @ 9pm
The musical idiom of psychedelia isn’t known for its clarity, but Florida duo Ancient River are more methodical than most, preferring the art of subtle suggestion to the hammer-drop approach that seems de rigueur these days. On Ancient River’s most recent album, ‘Keeper of the Dawn,’ vocals are little more than whispered chants blowing by on a stiff breeze, while songs like “New Rising” and “Desolation Song” build slowly before evolving into fascinating little blooms with a minimum of fuzz and frenzy.
$8. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. Sandy Blvd.
July 10 @ 9pm
With Richmond Fontaine on hiatus, prolific songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning author Willy Vlautin has been keeping busy with the Delines, a crew of country heartbreakers fronted by singer Amy Boone. Vlautin plays guitar and sings backup, with Boone applying her pearly pipes to his vivid blue-collar lyricism on songs like “I Won’t Slip Up” and “Calling In.” Last year’s album ‘Colfax’ is an excellent introduction to this very special band.
$10. Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St.
Portland Cello Project
July 10-11 @ 9pm
The stage is going to be mighty crowded as the players unfold chairs and resin their bows for another installment of the annual Portland Cello Project two-night dance party. Expect a roster of indie-rock royalty to sit in with the PCP, whose repertoire reportedly tops 900 songs! Everything from Tchaikovsky to Taylor Swift has been cunningly cello-ized, but there’s more here than quirky covers. Bracing original compositions such as “Denmark” and “Robin Hood Changes His Oil” are sufficiently intriguing to warrant spirited cries of “Author! Author!”
$16-18. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St.
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