Opera Theater Oregon
The company presents "This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love and Protest Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie," featuring Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty's 2016 song cycle for soprano, baritone, radio announcer and ensemble, blending original lyrics with music that draws from folk melodies that Guthrie worked into his songs.
It's conceived as a Depression-era radio program, as Daugherty weaves political, social and environmental themes of Guthrie's era.
Featured is composer Michael Lanci and his "Songs for Joe Hill."
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $25.
Across the Columbia River, one of the biggest events of the summer has been the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, Wash. But, this year's event, scheduled for Aug. 23-25, has been canceled. Michael Kissinger, artistic director and founder, has been dealing with some health issues. The festival will return in 2020. For more: www.vancouverwinejazz.com.
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• Seth Walker has a new studio album, "Are You Open?" and he'll play at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Tickets: $16, $20 day of show, www.mississippistudios.com. The album was produced by The Wood Brothers' Jano Rix and is Walker's 10th studio recording.
• McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale has a couple star shows coming up, and one of them still has tickets: Josh Groban, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Tickets start at $89.50, and are available at www.edgefieldconcerts.com. The Aug. 25 Brandi Carlile show is sold out.
• The metal band Demons & Wizards, joined by Lizzy Borden and Tyr, play Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Tickets: $35-$50, www.roselandpdx.com. It's the band's first shows in 19 years.
• Alternative country artist Robbie Fulks has been performing music and telling stories for some 30 years, and he'll take the stage at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Tickets: $22, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• Cafe Tacuba, an influential Latin alternative rock band from Mexico whose career has spanned 30 years, blends rock, indigenous rock, electronic and punk music. Their album "Re" was named Rolling Stone's top Latin rock album of all time in 2013. They'll play Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets: $35-$75, www.portland5.com.
• At ilani, the casino and resort in Ridgfield, Wash., it's Collective Soul and the Gin Blossoms in the Cowlitz Ballroom, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets: $39, $59, www.ilaniresort.com. Collective Soul is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
• At Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, it's Amos Lee ("My New Moon Tour") and Madison Cunningham, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets starting at $42.50, www.zooconcerts.com.
• The Fixx gave us some of the great hits of the 1980s — "Saved By Zero," "One Thing Leads To Another," "Red Skies" — and they'll be in Portland performing at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. Tickets: $35, www.aladdin-theater.com.
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