July 12

Peter pontificates

Peter Matthew Bauer, founding member of New York City post-punk indie rockers The Walkmen, has put out a new solo album called “Liberation!” and will share his new tunes, which range from ballads to rockers, with us this week. The record deals with such subjects as growing up in a Hindu yoga cult, Scientology, the city of Philadelphia, the god Shiva, the city of Varanasi, Richard Dawkins, and Jorge Luis Borges. In other words, the subjects of more than a few Facebook memes. Except it’s more fun to hear about them this way.

Peter Matthew Bauer, Japanese Guy, 9 p.m. Saturday, July 12, Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water Ave.,, $10

July 18-20

Summer breeze

We’ll have a little more about this in next week’s column, but make sure you make plans to attend 34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, July 18 through 20.

The park, located under the St. Johns Bridge, will be the site of the longest-running free jazz/blues festival west of the Mississippi. Friday’s shows run from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday’s and Sunday’s run from noon till 10 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes Mel Brown and his septet, DK Stewart, Michael Quinby and the Roseland Hunters, celebrated bassist Tom Wakeling, another St. Johns resident Farnell Newton and the Soul Funk Project, as well as two big bands — The Lily Wilde Orchestra and the Art Abrams Swing Machine.

After the festival each night The Central Hotel, 8608 N. Lombard St., hosts after-hours performances by artists such as the Pete Peterson Quartet, Kerry Politzer, Mitzi Zilka and Stan Bock’s New Tradition.

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Quick hits

• Saxophonist Joe Manis and vocalist Siri Vik perform the albums “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman” as well as “Ballads” from 8-11 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th St. $8. All ages until 9:30 p.m. Info: 503-295-6542,

• Pop anthem king Andy Grammer brings his tunes to the Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. Andrew Ripp and Brendan James share the bill. All ages. $17 in advance. $20

day of show. Info: 503-233-7100,

• A rock show to end all rock shows, Filter, Helmet, Local H and Demure share a bill, Hawthorne Theatre at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. $22.50 in advance, $25 day of show. 21 and older.

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