Aug. 9

Groove vibrations

At times, bassist Errick Lewis sounds more like a guitarist than a bass player, plucking the strings with the approach of a flamenco player or even a harpist, so subtle is his touch. He moves easily back and forth between thumping danceable lines and delicate pronounced phrasing.

Lewis has been a mainstay of the Portland jazz, soul and funk scene, playing with the Doo Doo Funk All-Stars and the Prince tribute band, Erotic City. Lewis also has toured as sideman with Jay-Z, Lauren Hill, Snoop Dog, the Wu-Tang Clan and Erykah Badu. He also toured nationally with the musical, “Dreamgirls,” and just completed his first solo album titled, “Where Musician Ends and Instrument Begins.” If you’re a basshead in the old school sense of the word, this show and record are for you.

Errick Lewis, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave., $10 general admission, $12 guaranteed seating. Info: 503-295-6542,

Aug. 11

Hoop dreams

Jesca Hoop puts the “progressive” in progressive pop, moving like a friendly snake from musical style to musical style, singing what sounds like 16,000 different notes in one song, but making it sound like she’s only singing three.

She’s one of the smarter, more innovative alterna-pop musicians out there, making layered yet catchy songs that sound like what pastels must sound like if they could emote — see, now we’re getting a bit esoteric here in our descriptions, that’s the effect she has!

Her album, “The House that Jack Built,” released last year, contains some of the tougher-minded songwriting among today’s pop writers, which is why it’s no surprise to find out Hoop was once the nanny to Tom Waits’ family — the baby sitter doesn’t fall far from the baby seat.

Jesca Hoop, Bevelers, 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10. Info: 503-231-9663,

Aug. 14-17

Coup de pop

It’s been called “speed dating for the rock ‘n’ roll set.” Since 1991, the International Pop Overthrow Festival has featured a number of power pop acts doing short sets one after another in various cities. This year’s version in Portland includes such acts as The Zags, The Lonesomes, A Million Suns, Wild Bells, The Cool Whips, Beyond Veronica, The Cry and Throwback Suburbia. Some of these bands draw on the Memphis and Motown sounds, as well as the British Invasion for inspiration in musical style and sometimes dress. Punk and classic rock influence others.

But it’s not just a throwback festival, artists such as Kady Z (who opens the Thursday night show) come straight out of the contemporary dance music camp.

International Pop Overthrow, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, and Thursday, Aug. 15; 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17, Alhambra Theatre, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $8 each night. Info: 503-360-1450,,

‘Round Town

• Australian synth-friendly indie popsters San Cisco will share the stage with Astoria’s Holiday Friends at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St. $12. Info: 503-231-9663,

• Continuing the grand British tradition of taking American rock ‘n’ soul music and making it their own, The Heavy have become one of the most exciting live acts on the planet, adding hip-hop and blues to their mix for good measure. Sharing the stage with The Silent Comedy, they’re sure to put on one of this week’s “it” shows. 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $12. Info: 503-288-3895,

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