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June 10


The Victorian Sage

Nashville-based Adia Victoria’s alto voice sounds a wee bit like Macy Gray, but her folk-rock sound has more to do with John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and Bonnie Raitt’s harder-edged stuff than contemporary R&B, given its raw, bluesy, crunchy tone.

Sometimes described as “gothic,” the term actually downplays the singer-guitarist’s pointed fierceness as a writer and performer. She’s like a little girl’s abandoned doll that comes to life one night when the now-grown girl is about to swallow too many pills and down too many vodkas, so the doll screams, “Enough! Stop it! Get up and live!”

Check out Victoria’s videos for the haunting “Dead Eyes,” or “Head Rot,” for starters, off her debut album “Beyond the Bloodhounds,” and catch this hidden gem at this “Pickathon Presents” gig.

Adia Victoria and Blossom, 9 p.m. Friday, June 10, Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water St. $10. Info: 503-328-2865, www.bunksandwiches.com.

Mellow mandolinist

From a delightful cover of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” he performs with Del McCoury, to the tenor-voiced, friendly, hard-driving “Dark Hollow” with Sam Bush, mandolinist Frank Solivan has put together a winning album in his solo CD, “Family, Friends & Heroes.”

The record features members of his band Dirty Kitchen, Solivan’s kinfolk and industry greats including John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Jim Hurst, Rob Ickes, McCoury and more. The record also features a nice version of John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” with Cowan that moves at a pace far more pleasant than your average TSA security check line.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, 9 p.m. Friday, June 10, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $14 in advance, $17 day of show.

COURTESY: WILKINSON BLADES - Portland's Wilkinson Blades plays their Americana music at Secret Society Ballroom, celebrating new album 'Home.'June 11

Homeward bound

Portland’s Wilkinson Blades, comprised of singer-guitarist Steve Wilkinson, guitarist Grant Cumpston, drummer Jon Beyer, bassist Johnny Huck and keyboardist Rich Landar, puts the “Cana” in Americana, and will mark the release of their new album, “Home,” with this show.

Wilkinson possesses a rich bass-baritone, and does something rare in music — he enunciates his lyrics. His band also kicks major fanny, as evidenced by the Green on Red-like number “Highway Sign,” which rolls in just the manner its title implies. Meanwhile “What Could Go Wrong” is sort of like what might have happened if The Clash covered a Joe Walsh tune when he wasn’t half in the sauce. Mmmm. Good fixins!

Wilkinson Blades, The Redeemed, Monica Nelson & John Alan Naylor, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 11, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $10. Info: 503-493-3600, www.secretsociety.net.

June 14, 15

Strong man, Redman

Jimmy Mak’s hosts a couple of cool shows this month, including British jazz vocalist/pianist Anthony Strong on June 14 and the Joshua Redman Quartet on June 15. Strong will be making his Portland debut following his first appearance at the Playboy Jazz Festival in the Hollywood Bowl, and is on tour in support of his 2015 album “On a Clear Day,” which reached No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts.

The pianist served as an understudy for the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in a London musical, and brings what he learned about performance from The Killer to his act.

Meanwhile, thrice Grammy-nominated saxophonist Redman will be making his first Portland appearance in two years, along with his touring quartet. Redman has played with just about every name player in jazz at this point, not to mention the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews and Stevie Wonder.

Anthony Strong 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $15, $20. Joshua Redman Quartet, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, Jimmy Mak’s. $30, $35. Info: 503-295-6542, www.jimmymaks.com.

June 16

Cole mining

With his band The Commotions, Lloyd Cole crafted jangly folkish pop music in the 1980s that charted regularly in his UK homeland as well as such countries as Sweden, and garnered underground praise in the States. He’s currently doing an acoustic show featuring songs, including a number from his post-Commotions career, spanning 1983-96. The release of 2015’s “Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Collected Recordings 1983-1989” drew much acclaim, showcasing Cole’s literary and quirky take on rock, pop and all things in between.

Lloyd Cole, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $25. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com.

Quick hits

• Oklahoma garage popsters Broncho made a name with their hit single “Class Historian,” but have moved in a slightly slower, sleeker direction on their latest record “Double Vanity.” Catch them with Winter and Billy Changer at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.

• French seven-piece electronic/jazz fusion group Caravan Palace plays an all-ages show at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. The band draws on influences as diverse as Cab Calloway and Daft Punk, and is tres huge in their homeland. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Info: 503-225-0047, www.mcmenamins.com.

• Neo-soul pop singer-songwriter Jacob Whitesides is 18, has a great haircut, dresses sharp and sports the kind of voice that both starts or ends relationships, depending at what point in life a besotted fan hears him. He performs with Shane Harper at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. Cesar Chavez Boulevard. $17 in advance, $20 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100.

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