Jan. 30., Feb. 1

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Live Music! - Pictured: The ToastersTwo shows for Two Tones

This may be the best week all year for ska-punk fans in Portland. First up are The Toasters, turning the dance world upside-down since they formed in New York City in 1981. Singer-guitarist and Moon Ska label founder Robert “Bucket” Hingley has anchored numerous incarnations of the group since its inception, and a whole generation of kids grew up hearing him sing “Two Tone Army,” the theme song for Nickelodeon’s “Kablam!” series.

Hingley says The Toasters will play a mix of old and new stuff, and are promoting their latest 7-inch vinyl single “House of Soul.” The man who produced No Doubt’s first two singles, Hingley says ska music stays alive because it’s never been overexposed.

“It’s gone back into the underground, and I think that’s healthier for the music,” he says. “I think ska music has yet to have its Andy Warhol movement.”

If The Toasters merely whet your appetite for skankin’, you can feast on more upbeats when Fresno-based ska band The Suppressors hit the stage Saturday.

The Toasters, The Sentiments, Faithless Saints, 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Tonic Lounge, 3100 N.E. Sandy

Blvd. $10. Info: 503-238-0543,

The Suppressors, Original Middleage Ska Enjoy Club, The Sentiments, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Alhambra Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $9. Info: 503-610-0640,

Feb. 1

Pacific reasons

Sneaky Tiki and the Lava Lounge Orchestra plan to help you and your OK Cupid blind date fall in love at this show where you can get three bucks off admission just for sporting Hawaiian/tiki apparel. The LLO incorporates vibraphone, congas, bongos and other percussion instruments, as well as flutes, violin, bass, keyboards and vocals in their mix of island, lounge, surf and jazz music. The orchestra performs tunes from Les Baxter and Juan Garcia Esquivel

to Henry Mancini and The Ventures.

Sneaky Tiki and the Lava Lounge Orchestra, The Satin Chaps, DJ Drew Groove, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, The Spare Room, 4830 N.E. 42nd Ave. $7 with proper attire, $10 without. Info: 503-287-5800,

Feb. 5

Go into the light

Brooklyn electronic rock trio Savoy unite rockers and clubbers in one gigantic community of dancers, or at least, ticket-buyers. Touring with laser light show specialist and winner of the International Laser Display Association award, Eliav Kadosh, on their “Get Lazer’d” tour, Savoy’s show features 250 watts of lasers “which are the only lasers in the world government approved to shoot people in the face.”

Savoy, Dotexe, Forever Growing, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $15. All ages. Info: 503-345-7892,

‘Round Town

• The California Honeydrops celebrate the release of their latest CD “Like You Mean It,” at an 8 p.m. show Friday, Jan. 31, in Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. The award-winning band’s third record sports their trademark combo of jazz, blues, country, gospel and soul. Portland string band The Jackalope Saints joins the bill. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895,

• The following night at Mississippi Studios, Americana-flavored indie rock band Desert Noises hits the stage. Check out their YouTube video for “Out of My Head,” sort of an Allman-Brothers-meets-their-grandnephews’ high school choir type song. 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info:

• Winterfolk features headliner David Mallett, composer of the “The Garden Song,” (“Inch by inch/Row by row”) at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Tickets are $30 in advance, $32 day of show. The 26th annual event raises funds for Sisters Of The Road. Info: 503-234-9694,

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