Russian-style new year
The holidays are not quite over, yet.
Portland's Russian-Gypsy-Balkan punk band Chervona puts on its 13th annual Russian Old New Year Celebration, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave.
Tickets are $20, and some still remained as of Tuesday. It has sold out each year since 2010. See www.startheaterportland.com.
In addition to Chervona, there'll be musical stylings from around the world, as well as games, contests, prizes and an appearance by Ded Moroz, the Russian version of Santa Claus.
Chervona was formed in 2006 by immigrants from Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Brazil and Argentina.
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• Portland band And And And plays the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, as a benefit for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Tickets: $10-$13, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• Howlin' Rain, touring in support of "The Alligator Bride," performs at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Tickets: $12, $15 day of show, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• On his long "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, Elton John plays the Moda Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and it appears tickets still remain, listing for $493-$1,408 on the Moda Center website, www.rosequarter.com. Yeah, it's spendy, but if it's the last time he walks on the "Yellow Brick Road," you'll want to be there with him.
• Andrew Duhon, a storytelling songwriter from New Orleans, is touring in support of his Ralph Waldo Emerson-inspired "False River." He'll play Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Tickets: $12, $15 day of show, www.mississippistudios.com.
• Texas songwriter and jazz singer Kat Edmonson is joined by special guest Dominic Castillo at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Tickets: $22, $28 at door, www.albertarosetheatre.com. She's made memorable turns on "Austin City Limits" and "A Prairie Home Companion" and her tunes have been featured in TV shows and commericials.
• Bilingual singer/songwriter/guitarist Edna Vazquez, joined by her band, plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Tickets: $10-$12, www.mississippistudios.com.
• John Sebastian led The Lovin' Spoonful, which produced such hits as "Do You Believe in Magic?" and "Summer in the City," and has been going strong ever since, and he earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He's touring and stopping at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Tickets: $39.50-$42, www.aladdin-theater.com.
• The 20th annual Portland Old-Time Music Gathering takes place at Portland venues, including the Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St., Jan. 16-20. It features traditional Appalachian-style string band music. For complete info: www.bubbaguitar.com/gathering.
A lot of shows sell out. We'll occasionally try to alert you to certain 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.
Pigs on the Wing, the famous Pink Floyd tribute act, comes to Portland just about every year, tracing its roots back to a one-off gig here in 2006. It comes to Portland again, Friday, Jan. 11, at Revolution Hall, but it's sold out.
Buy your tickets soon ...
n Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers were supposed to perform at Salem's Elsinore Theater on Jan. 12, but the concert has been changed to Feb. 23 because of travel conflicts. For tickets ($35-$65), see www.elsinoretheatre.com.