Portland Blues Review visits The Oxford
The word “jazz” is right there in the name of the Jazz at the Oxford concert series, but don’t be fooled: This eclectic collection of shows explores the entire spectrum of that genre.
To wit: a Western swing (or “cow-bop”) band in March. An Afro-Latin jazz band in January. And this weekend: King Louie’s Portland Blues Review, featuring vocalists Lisa Mann and Andy Stokes.
Rewinding a bit, King Louie is a Hammond B-3 organ player who put together a blues show for the 2012-13 Oxford season, and he’s back this year to lead a band that includes Peter Dammann on electric guitar, Edwin Coleman III on drums and Renato Caranto on tenor sax.
Out front will be Mann, a three-time winner of the Muddy Waters Award for Bass Player of the Year from the Cascade Blues Association and that group’s 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year, and Stokes, one of Portland’s best-known soul singers.
We don’t have room to run down the entire bios of these folks, but believe this: They contain a slew of impressive accomplishments, and names like George Clinton, Esperanza Spalding and Paul deLay. Hit up www.jazzattheoxford .com for more info.
King Louie’s Portland Blues Review with Lisa Mann and Andy Stokes; 8 tonight, 5 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday; SOLD OUT; The Oxford Hotel, 10 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; www.jazzattheoxford.com.
Kyle Gass Band is for the Tenacious D fan
For the third time in the past four years — and with his third different band — Kyle “KG” Gass will bring his mixture of comedy and rock ’n’ roll to Bend.
In 2010, Gass brought his old band Trainwreck to town. In 2012, he returned with his movie-star buddy Jack Black as Tenacious D played for one of the biggest crowds ever at Les Schwab Amphitheater.
And tonight, the Kyle Gass Band rolls into the Domino Room.
Let’s make this as simple as possible: The KGB is the band Gass plays with when he’s in between Tenacious D commitments. It’s a rock band with funny songs that sound like they didn’t make the cut for a Tenacious D album.
They’re played well, no question. And Gass does write very catchy tunes.
So if you love Tenacious D and/or KG, or you can be happy seeing a band approximate the Tenacious D experience without Jack Black singing, you should definitely see the Kyle Gass Band.
Kyle Gass Band, with Tony G; 9 tonight, doors open 8 p.m.; $15 plus fees in advance (ticket outlets listed at website below), $18 at the door; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.randompresents.com.
3 local bands hit Volcanic Theatre Pub
If you’ve been wanting to catch up to what’s new on Bend’s local music scene, get thee to Volcanic Theatre Pub tonight, where three bands will gather and catch you up (assuming you’re there).
Headlining is All You All, Bend-based electro-rock trio that has been in hiding of late. “In hiding” can be bad or good: bad if, like, the drummer quits and you can’t play gigs til you find a new one, or good if you’re working on new music and/or an album.
Given All You All’s history and general level of ambition — and the fact that their Facebook profile hints at a full-length album late this year (which probably means early next year) — I’m guessing the latter is the answer here.
Also on the bill: grimy, skronky, stompy garage-rock duo Don Quixote, and Quiet Culture, a local indie-folk trio with a new album coming out very soon.
The best way to check these bands out are www.allyouallmusic.com, www.facebook .com/donquixotemusic and www.facebook .com/quietculture.
All You All, with Don Quixote and Quiet Culture; 9 tonight; free; Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 N.W. Century Drive, Bend; www .volcanictheatrepub.com.
Domino Room welcomes Phutureprimitive on Saturday
I won’t claim to be an expert on the current state of electronic dance music, but from a somewhat distant perspective, it seems like much emphasis has been placed on the heavy-handed use of deep, dark, soul-shuddering bass.
The bigger the boom, the heavier the hits, the steeper the drops, the better. Lots of DJs these days still want to make dance floors move, but they also want to crater those dance floors with a massive dose of atomic whomp.
Then there are DJs — excuse me, producers — like Bay Area beat maven Phutureprimitive, who does dabble in grimy dubstep, but also embraces melody via vocal lines and actual instruments. The result is groovy 21st-century rave-pop music for the EDM fan who still likes to feel human feelings.
Also on the bill: Pumpkin, L.A.-based maker of “electrorganic mood music,” Eugene soul-dub band Medium Troy and popular local DJ Lyfe.
Phutureprimitive, with Pumpkin, Medium Troy and DJ Lyfe; 9 p.m. Saturday; $15; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.facebook.com/slipmatscience.
— Ben Salmon