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July 27

Funk fest

The Artful Giving Blanket Concert in Troutdale will feature some of the country’s best funk ‘n’ soul bands. Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk has been likened to Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament Funkdadelic, and stirs gospel, blues, New Orleans

Meanwhile, Austin’s Mingo Fishtrap is an eight-piece band that combines melodic pop, Memphis soul and a twist of funk. And the Monophonics are an eminently listenable San Francisco outfit that would appeal to fans of psychedelic soul and funk.

Artful Giving Blanket Concert, noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Yoshida Estate, 29330 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, ages 21 and older. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Parking at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., with shuttle service. You also can ride the Cascadia Cruiser Soul Bus from downtown Portland for $1. Info:

July 29

Man behind the bass

by: COURTESY OF ANDY BUCHANAN - Bass player Chris Wyse has played with Ozzy Osbourne and Mick Jagger, among others, and he appears with The Cult at Roseland Theater, July 29.Chris Wyse, bassist for The Cult, says a little hard work goes a long way.

“There’s nothing wrong with knowing music theory, even if you’re in a punk band,” he says.

The hardworking Hollywood session man should know — he’s played with all kinds of cats in the rock world, from members of Tool and Guns ‘n’ Roses to Mick Jagger and Ozzy Osbourne.

Wyse has played with The Cult for eight years and says the group will play its 1987 album “Electric” in its entirety in Portland, then encore with songs from the group’s extensive catalog, including some from last year’s critically acclaimed “Choice of Weapon.”

“I feel like this band has really come into its own again,” he says.

One of the reasons why the hard rock group has made a comeback is Wyse, an innovative player who often employs the electric upright bass, has used a bow on numerous recordings and who isn’t shy about using effects to change his instrument’s sound.

Wyse plays mostly bass guitar in The Cult, but the first-generation Irish-American often employs the upright in his own eclectic, experimental band, Owl, which released “The Right Thing” earlier this year (

Wyse’s command of theory and ability to learn quickly has earned him a host of session and touring gigs. For example, Jagger employed him on his 2001 solo album “Goddess in the Doorway.” The bassist recalls Jagger trying to teach him one of the bass lines to a song, in the studio.

“He ended up doing a little dance for me,” Wyse says with a chuckle.

Osbourne, for whom he’s recorded as well, is one of the most bass-friendly heavy metal dudes around.

“He always want a couple more riffs than the average artist,” Wyse recalls with another chuckle. “ ‘Chris,’ he’d say, ‘I love the (expletive) bass!’ ”

The Cult, White Hills, 8 p.m. Monday, July 29, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. Tickets $30-$45. 21 and older.

July 30

Most people don’t know he’s famous

Pete Anderson is a multiplatinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning producer as well as a stellar guitarist, who has melded blues and country to forge a roots-rock style that helped create the basis of contemporary Americana. He’s played a role in the careers of Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores and, perhaps most famously, his musical partner of 20 years, Dwight Yoakam. Anderson is coming to town with his band, which features Michael Murphy on keyboards and Jeff Sorenson on drums.

Pete Anderson, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave., $15. Info: 503-234-2337,

July 31

Klas act

Portland’s Tracy Klas has one of those girl-meets-woman voices that moves effortlessly from adolescent sweetness to womanly assertion, all in one verse. The acoustic rocker has shared stages with Sheryl Crow, Tommy Tutone, 4 Non Blondes, Vonda Shepard, Jennifer Batten and many others. She’s also conquered the elusive world of mattress commercial soundtracks with her voice, not to mention independent films.

“She could sing the names out of the phone book and hold an audience still leaving them wanting more!” says Steve Miller bassist Lonnie Turner. So there’s the 411, indeed.

Maw Band, Tracy Klas, Wolf Eel (Smiths tribute act), 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St. $5. Info: 503-226-0430,

‘Round town

• Uncle Tupelo co-founder Jay Farrar brings his y’all-ternative Americana band Son Volt to the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., for an 8 p.m. show with Colonel Ford on Thursday, July 25. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694,

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