Late last year, California folk trio The Rainbow Girls recorded a raw, stripped-down cover of the old soul classic “Down Home Girl” and released it on YouTube. The group, which formed in 2010, dropped plenty of covers on the video-sharing site before, but this one went viral (to the tune of half a million hits and counting). With fans around the world begging for a recorded version, the trio of multi-instrumentalists hit the studio. They emerged in February with “Give the People What They Want,” a full album of covers both familiar and obscure, from Gillian Welch to Bob Dylan. Central Oregonians can catch the Girls’ inimitable harmonies and fierce playing at The Belfry on Friday.
The Rainbow Girls: 8 p.m. Friday; $15 plus fees in advance; The Belfry, 302 E. Main Ave., Sisters; belfryevents.com.