March 20

Mounds of music

Roots music lovers can get their fill this week as Head for the Hills, a progressive bluegrass band from Colorado that features Adam Kinghorn on guitar, Michael Chappell on mandolin, Joe Lessard on fiddle, and Matt Loewen on bass, takes the stage alone with baroque-pop-indie folkies Paper Bird, who feature Sarah Anderson on vocals and trumpet, Genevieve Patterson on vocals, Esmé Patterson on vocals, Caleb Summeril on banjo and harmonica, Paul DeHaven on guitar, Macon Terry on bass, and Mark Anderson on percussion. The Americans, whose song “Foreign Land” is one of your best Web-surfing bets this week, round out this great

bill of rippin’ roarin’ acoustic loveliness.

Head for the Hills, Paper Bird, The Americans, 9 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895,

March 22

An Indian and an Irishman walk into a bar

The best way to imagine what Vancouver, B.C., group Delhi 2 Dublin sounds like is to put on your favorite Bollywood movie, lower the volume and then play a record by the Chieftains, watching the Indian dancers sway to the Celtic beat. Or put on your video of “Riverdance,” lower the volume and put on your fave record featuring tabla, say something by Zakir Hussain. Throw in some evocative singing, electronica keys and some dhol drumming, and you’ve got one of the most dance friendly outfits on the planet, proving music really can be a universal language when people really listen to each other.

Delhi 2 Dublin, DJ Anjali and the Kid, LoveBomb Go-Go, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Alhambra Theatre, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $15. Info: 503-610-0640,

March 23

Perhacs you’ve heard of her

She’s been sampled by rappers Biggie Smalls as well as Lowkey, and covered by Swedish death metal band Opeth. One of her songs even served as the theme for a TV show (1970’s “Lincoln”). Yet in her day, dental-hygienist-turned-recording-artist Linda Perhacs essentially flopped, her first psychedelic folk vinyl album “Parallelograms” pressed badly in the factory, and then marketed even worse. Perhacs essentially left the music business for decades afterward. However, over the years, her seminal Aquarian record, sort of New Age music before those words gained currency, garnered cult status and was revamped and reissued in 2005, bringing her a new audience. Perhacs has just released a new album, “The Soul of All Natural Things,” and with poetic, meditative tunes like “River of God” and “Freely,” she seems poised to become less obscure and more sought out as a performer and recording artist.

Linda Perhacs, Jim Camacho, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. $17. Info: 503-222-2031,

March 25

Lights on, lights off

You can’t always tell much about a band from its name, but Us Lights and Light Thieves not only share an apparent obsession with illumination, but also share a penchant for anthemic-meets-trippy-meets-space-and-time rock. Meanwhile, Talkative began as a performance-art-noise duo but has since evolved into “booming drums and bass, wild vocals and ripping guitars.” Basically, this will be the head show of the week, man.

Us Lights, Light Thieves, Talkative, 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, Kelly’s Olympian, 426 S.W. Washington St. $5. Info: 503-228-3669,

by: COURTESY OF DOUBLE TEE CONCERTS - Widespread Panic now has a multi-generational appeal, and the group plays the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on March 26.

March 26

Panicky percussionist

Domingo Ortiz of Widespread Panic has a message for all you drum-circling hippies — if you see him headed toward you, just keep playing and let him sit in.

“I still do some drum circles,” he says, though if he shows up at a circle and is recognized, people will sometimes stop drumming out of respect and wait for him to lead the circle. That’s not what he wants to do, he says with a chuckle.

“I just want to add more drums to the circle!”

On the phone, Ortiz comes off like a friendly, jovial guy, a non-assuming Texan who just happens to play in one of the world’s biggest jam bands. Since forming in Athens, Ga., in the early 1980s, Widespread Panic has sold more than 3 million records and has sold out such venues as Red Rocks in Colorado year after year after year. Flavored by funky southern rock, Widespread Panic’s progressive jam music sets can be broken up by the odd Black Sabbath cover, which gives them a somewhat unpredictable feel. The band has joined the Grateful Dead, Phish and the Allman Brothers as a member of the world’s most famous festival friendly bands. Ortiz says the group’s fan base is now into its third generation, with the grandchildren of Panic’s original followers showing up to party along with their parents and grandparents.

“I think what they’re getting out of it is the spontaneity of the music,” he says when asked about the band’s enduring appeal. “We never repeat the setlist. In the early years, we didn’t even have a master song list, we would just do everything on the fly. Now we have a repertoire of about 600 songs, and we do about 25 songs each night.”

There have been a few changes in the line-up during the years, most notably after the 2002 death of founding guitarist Michael Houser, who was eventually replaced by Jimmy Herring. Ortiz has been there since 1986, after he split Texas for Georgia. Originally a kit drummer, he met the band at a show and asked if he could sit in as a percussionist. He never stopped sitting in after that night, and his deft and subtle style, influenced by Willie Bobo, Tito Puente and Santana’s Marcus Malone, colors the band’s live shows and recordings.

“A lot of it is just mostly listening to the other players involved and complimenting what the soloist is doing,” he says.

Widespread Panic, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. $48, $69.50. Info:

'Round town

• It’s free, it’s all ages and it’s darn tootin’ shore to be fun. Tennessee trio The Howlin’ Brothers play upbeat old timey roots music featuring slide banjo, harmonica and fiddle. Featuring Ben Plasse on upright bass, banjo and vocals, Ian Craft on fiddle, banjo and vocals, and Jared Green on guitar, harmonica and vocals, this trio just plain screams trains, rain, moonshine and mountains. 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Info: 503-249-3983,

Genre-bending rapper Cities Aviv, whose slogan is “pop music for the unpopular,” joins shoegazers Weekend, as well as post-grungey heavy meets poppy Grave Babies at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $12. Info:

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