Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• MarchFourth, the eclectic group of musicians and acrobats, returns to its hometown of Portland for a show, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St. Tickets: $15-$17, www.ticketfly.com. The funk/rock/jazz group tours the country year-round, thrilling with its joyful and soul-stirring music.
• A founding member of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar is bringing his duo Son Volt to Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Tickets: $24, $28 at door, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
• Troubadour Brendan James plays The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., 8 p.m. Friday, May 25. Tickets: $20, $25 day of show, www.brownpapertickets.com. James made his name with a 2008 major label debut, his songs have been on 15 TV shows and films, and he has achieved the No. 1 singer/songwriter spot on iTunes many times.
• Local star Andy Stokes, an Oregon Music Hall of Fame member, makes a triumphant return to Portland, basking in the Billboard success of "Best Day Ever." He'll play the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Friday, May 25. Tickets: $25, $30 at door, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
A lot of shows sell out. We'll occasionally try to alert you to events that don't have tickets for sale anymore, which would allow you to ask — bother? — friends to take you. Or evaluate the secondary market.
David Byrne is coming to Portland on his "American Utopia" tour, May 27 at Keller Auditorium. Byrne will do songs off his new album, as well as from his solo career and time with The Talking Heads. But it's sold out.
Also, "Weird Al" Yankovic performs at Revolution Hall, May 25-26, but if you don't have a ticket, good luck. It's sold out. He's joined here by Emo Philips.
Buy your tickets soon ...
• Third Day is going on its "Farewell Tour," and plans a stop at the Moda Center, June 1. It'll be the band's third concert on the tour, after two at Seattle's Moore Theater, May 30-31. Tickets are still available. For more: www.rosequarter.com.
• From the Gresham Outlook:
McMenamins Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn in Troutdale earns its accolades year after year as the best Portland area outdoor music venue.
"I think it's the beautiful setting, relaxed outdoor vibe, and great mix of artists who have joined our stage year after year," says Marketing Director Renee Rank Ignacio. "We often hear that being able to meander and experience Edgefield before and after the show makes it different than other venues."
As Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn kicks off June 8, highlights include the iconic Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters with Lucinda Williams, two nights with Ween, The Avett Brothers (three nights), Leon Bridges, Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss, Portugal. The Man (two nights) and The Decemberists (two nights).
While 11 Edgefield shows have sold out thus far, 17 still have tickets available. For the most up-to-date information about shows, visit www.edgefieldconcerts.com.
Opening shows include the sold-out Barenaked Ladies on June 8 and Jethro Tull's 50th Anniversary Tour stop on June 9 (tickets still available).