Live Music: Drummer Jim McCarty and The Yardbirds return to Portland
The band gave us such classics as "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul," "Shape of Things" and "I'm a Man" and an all-star band led by drummer Jim McCarty takes the stage at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Godfrey Townsend is the new guitarist, and he joins a lineup of McCarty, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer/harpist Myke Scavone and lead singer/guitarist John Idan.
Tickets: $47.50-$65, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
The band has been a musical force since the 1960s and explores genres — blues, jazz, folk, rock, pop, raga, etc.
McCarty has a new autobiography, "Nobody Told Me."
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• The Portland Mini Musical Festival features six 15-minute shows by local writers and composers. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Jan. 30-31; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Brunish Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: $29.50, www.portland5.com.
• Juliana Hatfield and band covered one of her favorite bands with "Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police," following a similar album of Olivia Newton-John's music and an original album ("Weird"). She'll play at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. Tickets: $20, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• New Pornographers take the stage at Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. Tickets: $35-$55, www.roselandpdx.com.
• "Winterfolk 32" is a concert celebration of music, community and service at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. It benefits JOIN PDX, which helps homeless people find stable housing. Tracy Grammer, a folk star who has shared the stage with Joan Baez and worked with Dave Carter, headlines the event. Other performers: Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, Jim Page, Beth Wood and host Tom May. Kim Stafford, Oregon's poet laureate, will also take the stage. Tickets: $30, $32 at door, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
• The Oregon Symphony has two shows with young audiences in mind: "Game On!," featuring music from 14 video games ("World of Warcraft," "Assassin's Creed," "BioShock" and more), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway; Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," featuring narrator Pam Mahon at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, Schnitz. Tickets: starting at $25 ("Game On!"), starting at $11 (youth concert), www.orsymphony.org.
• Loudon Wainwright III, an enduring songwriter for 40 years, plays Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3. Tickets: $28-$45, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
• Metal giants Queensryche, who have sold more than 30 million albums and produced such songs as "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman," perform at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Tickets: $38, $40 day of show, www.crystalballroompdx.com. They put out album "The Verdict" last year.
• Sinead O'Connor, who reached stardom with 1990's "Nothing Compares 2 U," performs at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. Tickets: $45, $50 day of show, www.crystalballroompdx.com.
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• Daryl Hall & John Oates are going on a massive 2020 summer tour with Squeeze and KT Tunstall. They'll play the Moda Center on June 3. Tickets are on sale at www.LiveNation.com.
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