Sept. 4

Johnny Be Appleseed

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE APPLESEED COLLECTIVE - The Appleseed Collective, playing Sept. 4 at Secret Society, plays bluegrass, ragtime, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz and western swing.Formed in 2010 in Ann Arbor, Mich., The Appleseed Collective plays bluegrass, ragtime, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz and western swing. The band actually embodies its left-leaning name, going so far as to only eat locally grown food when possible.

So does this make for good music?

As far as we can tell, the answer is a resounding farmers market “Yes!” This good-time group is comprised of guitarist Andrew Brown, violinist Brandon Smith, alto-soprano vocalist and banjo-player Katie Lee and double bassist Joe Fee.

Here Comes Everybody (CD release), Michelle Van Kleef, The Appleseed Collective, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, Secret Society, 128 N. Russell St. $10. Info: 503-493-3600,

Sept. 4-27

Madison blues

We’ve all been there — should we write a Tony Award-winning musical as we live on ramen noodles and mac ‘n’ cheese?

Or should we just start writing ads for these aforementioned products and shelve our dreams of rock musical glory? That’s the question explored in “tick, tick ... Boom!” the latest offering from Portland’s Triangle Productions.

Written by Jonathan Larson, the guy who gave you “Rent,” this award-winning semiautobiographical rock musical tells the tale of Jon, who must choose between his muse and Madison Avenue as he turns 30.

“tick, tick ... Boom!” Sept. 4-27, Triangle Productions, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Info: 502-239-5919,

Sept. 5

These guys win awards

Frank Solivan, a native of Alaska who found his bluegrass-meets-newgrass future in Washington, D.C., can jam on mandolin, guitar or violin and has become a regular festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan and banjoist Mike Munford, the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year, guitarist Chris Luquette, IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner, and bassist Dan Booth, also earned 2012, 2013 and 2014 Best Bluegrass Band honors from the Washington Area Music Association.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-231-8926,

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $15. Info: 503-719-6055,

Sept. 6

Ugly duck rock

Reforming in 2010 after a 14-year hiatus, New York City’s Swans is on the road right now promoting its well-reviewed double CD, “To Be Kind.” For the uninitiated, Swans is sort of like the James Brown of industrial-post-punk-noise-rock, often using hypnotic hard-rock riff repetition to get down to it as a less croony, more brutal Jim Morrison intones.

Led by guitarist-vocalist Michael Gira, the current lineup also includes original Swans guitarist Norman Westberg as well as later Swan Christoph Hahn, who also played in

Angels of Light, Gira’s more melodic post-Swans project.

Other current members include Phil Puleo on drums, percussion and dulcimer, Chris Pravdica on bass and gadgets, and Thor Harris on drums, percussion and everything but the proverbial kitchen sink.

Swans, Carla Bozulich, 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave. $20, $30. Info: 503-224-8499,

Sept. 13

Tops in Germany

San Francisco’s Blind Willies, led by singer-songwriter Alexei Wajchman, blend folk, blues, Americana, rock 'n’ roll, and original tunes in a fiery concoction guaranteed to put hair on your Rogaine-needin’ parts. Blind Willies are Misha Khalikulov on cello, Alex Nash on drums, Daniel Riera on bass and flute, and Max Miller-Loran on keyboard and trumpet.

With backgrounds in jazz, classical, world and hip-hop, members of Blind Willies also perform with Rupa and the April Fishes, George Watsky, and Goodnight, Texas. The band has released four albums, including their latest “Every Day Is Judgment Day,” which was named July’s Album of the Month in Germany’s Wasser-Prawda magazine.

Blind Willies, Laura Ivancie, 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Duff’s Garage, 2530 N.E. 82nd Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-2337,

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