April 25

Three guys walk into a lounge

The Joe Manis Trio features Manis on tenor saxophone, Dave Captein on bass and Chris Brown on drums. SteepleChase recording artist Manis has drawn comparisons to Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane and has been a featured performer at the Portland Jazz Festival.

Manis also has blown notes for, and sung with, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, not to mention Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, the Temptations, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra, the Eugene Opera, and the Ken Schaphorst Big Band.

Meanwhile, Captein has jammed with Mel Brown and Dan Balmer, as well as Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, and Joey DeFrancesco.

Finally, Brown has toured with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and appeared in a video with Beyoncé. He’s also recorded with Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn and Ray Charles.

Joe Manis Trio, 8-10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, Camellia Lounge, 510 N.W. 11th Ave. $5. Minors welcome till 9:30 p.m. Info: 503-221-2130,

April 27

Twangs alot

Based in Tualatin, the original roots music group Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising feature high-rollin’ harmonies, boisterous banjo and judicious jams. Guitarist Dennis Nelson was named 2008 Roots Music Association Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year and banjo player Tom Tower won the $10,000 prize in the 2010 City Love Music Contest. Currently promoting their all-original fourth CD, “Lowground,” the band notes their record became the No. 1 bluegrass album downloaded for radio airplay and contained all 10 of the top 10 singles downloaded for radio airplay in any genre earlier this year. Meanwhile, sharing the bill is Vancouver’s Fadin’ By 9. The best part of this bill: children under 10 will be admitted with two cans of food for a local food bank “and a promise of good behavior during the show.”

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, Fadin’ By 9, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, TaborSpace, 5441 S.E. Belmont St. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Open jam starts at 5:30 p.m. Info: 503-238-3904,

May 1

Boogie with butane

From the world that gave us Skynrd, Haggard and haggard sinners comes Blackberry Smoke, a hard-working Southern rock band mixing gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and outlaw country music. Bands like this briefly ruled the rock ‘n’ roll airwaves in the 1970s until their sound got absorbed by modern country. Looking like the lost hippie nephews of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, Blackberry Smoke is a bar-friendly band that tends to jam more than record, which most of the good bands do anyway. There will always be a place for Blackberry Smoke as long as people get fired from acting up at dead-end jobs, drink cheap beer not because it’s hip but because they have no choice, and men and women leave each other because one of them looked at their in-laws a little too lovingly.

Blackberry Smoke, Root Jack, 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St. $15. Info: 503-345-7892,

Round town

Jenny Don’t and The Spurs as well as Simply Luscious play the acoustic happy hour at 6 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Blue Monk, 3341 S.E. Belmont St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-595-0575,

From hip hop to punk rock, spoken word to country rock, this show has it all: Hollywise, G.L. Morrison, Fast Fox, Gold for the Hypocrite, Sidestreet Reny, Walkfast, New Key of the Ancient Light, Ryan Shane Lopez, Woodburn Rocks, Guillotine Necktie, all at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. César Chávez Blvd. $11 in advance, $13 day of show. Info: 503-233-7100,

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