Jan. 10

Cool grooves

Portland native Lilla (D’Mone), looks a bit like a younger Gloria Estefan and evokes similar emotions with her club-friendly, top-down-while-you’re-driving R&B. Her latest 11-song record, “The Awakening,” was recorded all over the map, from Jamaica to right here in Portland, and is chock full of soulful jazzy tunes. Standouts include “You Let Me Down” a cabaret-meets-hip-hop-via-soul number that would make anybody from a fan of klezmer to can-can happy.

Meanwhile, the album’s first single, “Wake Up,” is an upbeat, but socially conscious folk-inflected take on various contemporary issues, and its video on YouTube already has drawn more than 1,600 views.

A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she now resides, she teaches voice and sings with Afrobeat Federator No. 1. Lilla cut her performance teeth at such Portland clubs as Roseland and the Blue Monk. Since then, the 20-something singer-guitarist-pianist-producer has performed internationally, sharing the stage with Annie Lennox, Willie Nelson, Mos Def, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Esperanza Spalding and Carole King, among others. She also recorded with Talib Kweli on her first album “Music Trance.”

“I want to work as a professional musician forever,” she says, noting she’d like to take a crack at writing for others, including country and pop performers. “If I have to write others songs in other genres, I don’t mind,” she says. “I write all the time.”

Lilla D’Mone, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, Bing Lounge, 1211 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 600. $15 includes two beers or wines; $25 includes the same, as well as an autographed copy of her CD. Info:

by: COURTESY OF BEN MOON - Ben Darwish's week-long residency at the Crystal Hotel, Jan. 12-18, will include some of his favorite collaborators and a super secret special guest band.

Jan. 12-18

Darwish will come true

Portland indie-jazz musician and composer, Ben Darwish, is bringing in his favorite bands and collaborators during a weeklong residency. Guests will include Morning Ritual, a collaboration with the Shook Twins, Moorea Masa of Ruby Pines, Nafisaria and Arietta of Doo Doo Funk All Stars, Allison Hall of Goose & Fox, and others.

Darwish also will perform music from his recent multimedia performance, “The Lonely Night,” with William Seiji Marsh and Russ Kleiner. On the final night, he will perform with a “super secret special guest band.” Darwish is one of our town’s classiest and hardest-working musicians, be sure to check him out.

Ben Darwish & Friends, 7-10 p.m, Sunday through Saturday, Jan. 12-18, Crystal Hotel, 303 S.W. 12th Ave. Free. Info:

Jan. 17

Elvis Wailer

If there’s one thing that’s always distinguished reggae musicians, it’s their love of melody, regardless of who wrote it or sang it first. So even though Elvis Presley is not exactly the first singer to come to mind when you think of reggae, Jamaican Rasta DJ Anthony B covers Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” (written by Mark James) on his latest album “Tribute to Legends.” Anthony B also covers Don Gibson’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” and even tackles John Lennon’s “Imagine,” making the late Beatle’s anthem sound almost like a happy ad for a Caribbean cruise. Quite frankly, Anthony B’s version is a vast improvement on the original’s rather ponderous arrangement which makes Lennon sound like a guilt-ridden British Labor Party member rather than a truly idealistic Socialist rocker. “Imagine there’s no Facebook” Anthony B sings, bemoaning the death of the handwritten letter. You may say he’s a dreamer, but you won’t be the only one at this dance-happy show.

Anthony B & Jah Teff + The Born Fire Band, World’s Finest + YT, MC Jagga Culture, Gypsy Roots, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17,

Alhambra Theatre, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $21, $25. Info:

‘Round town

• Bohemian gypsy-popsters Vagabond Opera will play the 7,000th show at the venue Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. $12. Info: 503-288-3231,

• Rockwood(Stock) takes place from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Park Place Coffee, 1288 182nd Ave. Folk acts Tom Arnold, The Grodie Brothers, Avery Hill and Suzan Lundy share the stage for this free, all-ages show. An open mic runs from 5 to 6 p.m. Info: 503-808-1244,

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