Jan. 18

High-pressure system moving in

Australia’s psychedelic alterna-rockers Cloud Control at times sound like Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers jamming with Joy Division or Radiohead backing some sort of Swedish disco chanteuse who still struggles to sing in English.

Beautiful, catchy, well-arranged songs like “Dojo Rising” and “Scar,” as well as the Dion-meets-Leonard-Cohen “Dream Cave,” off their latest record of the same name, mean this band is set to either break big outside their homeland or tour relentlessly till they die from unrequited love for all things that echo.

Cloud Control, Body Parts, Brainstorm, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $10. Info: 503-288-3895,

Take a bow or 10

So-handsome-he-should-be-illegal German violinist-screenwriter-actor David Garrett plays like a god of music, has a better chest than you, and probably has better hair as well. Known for looping his violin and covering such tunes as Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” he mixes classical music with pop and rock and basically has taken over the planet with his fiddle while you were sitting there wondering if you should respond to someone’s latest offensive Facebook post or just unfriend them.

David Garrett, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $42 in advance, $45 day of show. Parent/guardian must accompany minor.

by: COURTESY OF RICK ESTRIN - Harpist/vocalist/songwriter Rick Estrin will appear at Aladdin Theater on Jan. 19 as part of Mark Hummels Blues Harmonica Blowout.

Jan. 19

Harmonica heaven

Rick Estrin thinks lightnin’ fast harmonica player John Popper is “from another planet,” and Popper’s hero Sugar Blue —- most famous for his outro solo on the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” — sounds better when he slows down a bit. Then again, Estrin is the first to admit he prefers traditional blues harmonica sounds, which tend to emphasize tone and phrasing more than modern rock players’ emphasis on virtuosity and technique.

“I can push the envelope a little bit,” Estrin adds with a chuckle, noting one of his musical heroes is Sonny Boy Williamson II, to whom Estrin and several other players will pay tribute this Sunday at “Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout,” a long-running series of shows that Hummel has put on since 1991 to promote the cream of the blues harmonica crop.

Estrin will share the stage with Charlie Baty, with whom he played in the famous jump blues outfit Little Charlie & The Nightcats from the mid-70s through the last decade.

“There’s something about (Sonny Boy’s) groove and the way he would breathe and the way he used chords,” Estrin says, noting he copped one trick from Williamson as well. “I can play harp with no hands.”

In addition to Hummel, Baty and Estrin, singer-harmonica-player John Mayall of the famed British band the BluesBreakers, will take the stage. Mayall mentored everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Green to Aynsley Dunbar and Mick Taylor. James Harman, a longtime singer and harpist, will also play, and ZZ Top fans should note Harman is the Texas trio’s harmonica player of choice. Finally, Portland’s own tin-sandwich-eating singer Mitch Kashmar rounds a heavenly show for fans of harmonica and blues.

Estrin says all the harp players are getting along great on the tour, and jam together on Sonny Boy’s famous tune “Help Me” as an encore. The show is a chance for Estrin to pay tribute to cats who inspired him to put a harp in his mouth all those years ago.

“If it weren’t for Sonny Boy, Little Walter and James Cotton, I wouldn’t have a job,” he says. “I’d be pushing a shopping cart looking for cans.”

John Mayall, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty, James Harman, Mitch Kashmar, 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $33.50 in advance, $35 day of show. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-234-9694,

'Round town

• Trigger’s Revenge, one of Portland’s biggest country-rock bands from the 1970s and ‘80s reunites for a concert at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Duff’s Garage 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-2337,

• Two of our nation’s finest and more popular folk performers, Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt, team up for a show at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-719-6055,

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