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The places to be in the next week in Portland and beyond for local and national music acts - including Art Alexakis, 'Lady Sings the Blues' and Portland Youth Philharmonic

COURTESY PHOTOS - Singer-songwriter Claudia Nygaard (left) and cowboy poet Tom Swearingen team up for a concert May 4 at Cafe Artichoke.Highlights

Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):

• Art Alexakis of Everclear recently announced he has been dealing with multiple sclerosis, but it isn't stopping him from performing. He'll put on "Songs & Stories: An Evening With Art Alexakis of Everclear," along with fellow platinum artists Chris Collingwood, Max Collins and John Wozniak, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Tickets: $30, $35 day of show, Alexankis will release his first solo album this spring via The End Records.

• Nearly 10 years after global hit "Young Folks," Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John are touring in support of "Darker Days." They'll play at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. Tickets: $25,

• Alan Doyle, lead singer of Canada's folk/rock band Great Blue Sea, brings his new project 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, to the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Tickets: $20-$35,

• The all-female Led Zeppelin tribute act Zepparella, plays at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Dante's, 350 W. Burnside St. Tickets: $18.50,

• The 13th annual "Lady Sings the Blues: A Tribute to Billie Holiday" takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Tickets: $18, $20 at door., Featured performers are Arietta Ward, Debra Patton, Nafisaria Scroggins-Thomas, Lenore, Tave Fasce Drake, The Saying & the Said, Pacific Trio, Laura Cunard, Sarah Clarke, Jasmine VanDemarr, Annette Lowman, The Cabin Project and Tamara Walker.

• There'll be a record release concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Cafe Artichoke, 2007 S.E. Powell Blvd., for singer-songwriter Claudia Nygaard, who's a salaried staff songwriter on Nashville's Music Row, and featuring cowboy poet Tom Swearingen. Nygaard's new CD is "Lucky Girl." Tickets: $15, available at door.

• Bayonne, aka Roger Sellers, an Austin-based artist and loop master, has released his second album, "Drastic Measures." He'll perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. Tickets: $12, $14 day of show,

• Portland Youth Philharmonic's 95th season continues with a concert of works by Lera Auerbach, Bohuslav Martin (with Max Blair as oboe soloist) and Jacques Offenbach. It takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: $5-$60,

• Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Karma Rivera, Lisa Vazquez and Noche Libre DJ Collective at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Tickets: $12, $15 day of show,

• Composer/drummer Kendrick Scott has released "A Wall Becomes a Bridge," and the Kendrick Scott Oracle performs at 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the Jack London Revue, 529 S.W. Fourth Ave. Tickets: $25,

• Presented by the Portland Dutch Society, it's the fifth annual "Classical Musicians of Holland," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. It features three winners from Holland's competitive adult classical program, the Prinses Christina Concours: violinist Yente Lottman, trombonist Niels Jacobs and pianist/composer Maxim Heijmerink. Tickets: $12,

• Carsie Blanton, touring in support of "Buck Up," has been cited by Rolling Stone Country, which wrote of the title track that it's "a bright, John Prine-worthy folk song about maintaining a bright disposition in dark times." She plays The Old Church, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. Tickets: $13-$15,


Buy your tickets soon ...

• The 32nd annual Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4-7, has announced some of its lineup, and it includes Robert Cray, Ron Artis II & the Truth, MarchFourth and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood. For more:

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