Live Music: Pablo Cruise cruises into Salem, and 'Days of Bowie' takes unique look at David Bowie
'Days of Bowie'
As part of the "2020 Days of Bowie," Portland musician Christopher Brown and his quartet put a jazz spin on David Bowie's music with the "Black Tie/White Noise" concert, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Jack London Revue, 529 S.W. Fourth Ave. Tickets: $20, $25 at door, www.jacklondonrevue.com.
Brown, playing such hits as "Young Americans" and "Station to Station," explores Bowie's 1970s sound called "Plastic Soul," which was his take on white artists appropriating black music and musicians to create commercial versions of soul music.
For more on "Days of Bowie," see daysofbowie pdx.com. The series continues Jan. 25 with "The Ballroom Blitz" and Jan. 31 with "Serious Moonlight."
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• The annual Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, featuring Appalachian-style string band music, continues at the Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St., and elsewhere, through Sunday, Jan. 19. For more: bubbaguitar.com.
• Coming to Salem's Elsinore Theater is Pablo Cruise, Thursday, Jan. 16, touring with founding members Cory Lerios (keys) and David Jenkins (guitar/lead vocals). Pablo Cruise produced such 1970s-'80s hits as "Whatcha Gonna Do," "A Place in the Sun," "Love Will Find a Way," "I Go to Rio" and "Cool Love." A piece of trivia: Lerios also composed and scored all of the music for "Baywatch." For more: www.elsinoretheatre.com, www.pablocruise.com.
• Female duo Overcoats and LA band Cold War Kids ("LA Divine") take to the Crystal Ballroom stage, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Tickets: $32, $34 day of show, www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• The Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band play the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Tickets: $28.50, $30 day of show, www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• Big Head Todd and the Monsters play Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Tickets: $38, www.revolutionhall.com.
• Oregon Symphony, conducted by Peter Bernstein, performs "Ghostbusters in Concert," playing the music from the hit 1984 paranormal movie while it shows on the big screen at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Tickets: starting at $35, www.orsymphony.org.
• The School of Rock students play two upcoming themed concerts: "Stranger Things" and CBGB, 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath, noon Sunday, Jan. 19. Both will be at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Tickets: $12-$15, www.mississippistudios.com.
• Visionary guitarist and composer Kaki King performs her "Uncharted: Power of Dreams" show at Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Tickets: $28, $32, www.portland5.com.
• He was part of Ultravox and co-wrote (with Bob Geldof) the Band Aid hit "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Now Midge Ure will perform at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. Tickets: $23, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• Fear No Music musicians and composers celebrate Oregon culture with "Locally Sourced Sounds VI," playing music inspired by millennials who face injustices passed down through decisions made by prior generations (student load debt, higher incarceration rates, climate change, etc.), at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. Tickets: $20-$25, $10-$15 students/seniors, www.theoldchurch.org.
Buy your tickets soon ...
• Zac Brown Band brings its summer 2020 "Road with the Lions Tour" to Moda Center, Oct. 16. Tickets ($36.50-$96.50) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at www.ticketmaster.com.
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