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Live Music

May 16, 18

They’re just wild ‘bout Harry

The late Portland native Harry Everett Smith inspired a generation of musicians with his “The Anthology of American Folk Music.” To commemorate what would have been his 90th birthday, Portlanders will have two nights to explore all this fascinating man’s facets, which range from filmmaking to the occult.

The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., will host two events on Thursday, May 16. At 3 p.m., a free event will feature panel discussions on Smith’s roots. At 7 p.m. some of Smith’s animated films will be screened along with a presentation by Rani Singh, director of the Harry Smith Archives at the Getty Institute. And — we kid you not — a séance will be held in the hopes of communicating with Smith. Info: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.

Then at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, the Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., will host “One Kind Favor,” a concert featuring more than 20 Portland musicians, including Lewi Longmire, Kenzel & Hyde and Tin Pan Alley Cats, who will perform songs from “The Anthology.” $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Info: www.mcmenamins.com.

May 17

And then there were three

by: COURTESY OF THE QUICK & EASY BOYS - The Quick & Easy Boys sport a bevy of notable influences, and theyll bring their eclecticism to Wonder Ballroom May 17.The Quick & Easy Boys’ third CD, “Make It Easy” opens with a disco-influenced stomper titled “Hey Hey Hey” which should get the feets a’ movin’.

Sporting influences from Grand Funk Railroad, Prince, Sly and the Family Stone, The Police and a wee bit of Gram Parsons, the Quick & Easy Boys mix and match styles effortlessly and have created a coherent sound that represents musical eclecticism well. Vocalist/bassist Sean Badders, guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Russell, and drummer/vocalist Michael Goetz make up this power trio that understands power is exercised best with a certain amount of restraint and make it, well, sound easy.

The Quick & Easy Boys, Sassparilla, World’s Finest, 9 p.m. Friday, May 17, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $11 in advance, $12 at the door. Info: 503-284-8686, www.wonderballroom.com.

Kellogg’s takes

For more than two decades, Stephen Kellogg has been penning some of the catchiest pop and roots rock on the planet with his band The Sixers. Occupying that middle ground between rootsy rock and danceable pop where The Gin Blossoms, John Cougar Mellencamp, the Lemonheads and others also have planted their banners, Kellogg has become an Americana performer, a style he’s honed to accessible perfection on his soon-to-be-released “Blunderstone Rookery.”

Bluesy “The Brain is a Beautiful Thing,” disses partisan politics as well as reality TV, and “Crosses” is simply an eloquent country song that poetically addresses the practice of creating roadside memorials.

Stephen Kellogg, Rebecca Pidgeon, 9 p.m. Friday, May 17, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $18. Info: 503.288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.

May 18

Punches and poems

Portland’s I Can Lick Any SOB in the House plays hard-hittin’ punk-blues-rock-stompified music that pours out of these cats like oil from an exploding offshore rig. The band can hit easy targets — does anyone, even conservative Christians, really like the funeral-picketing Westboro Baptist Church after all?

On the other hand, we probably can never have enough angry songs questioning our nation’s addiction to violence and war. Along with Handsome Jon Burbank on guitar, Mole Harris on bass, Flapjack Texas on drums and David Lipkind on harmonica, lead madman Mike Damron and his band belt out irresistibly rowdy Southern-style rock without the Confederate flag.

Oh yeah, they’re releasing a new record, “Mayberry.” Sorry, got caught up in a whiskey-soaked argument with some fortunate son who thinks this is a Tea Party!

I Can Lick Any SOB in the House, Separation of Sanity, Jackrabbit, Matt Woods, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St. Info: 503-345-7892, www.danteslive.com.

‘Round town

U.K. folk singer Laura Marling will play a solo acoustic show at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $17. Info: 503-345-7892, www.startheaterportland.com.

Portland keyboardist Ben Darwish will jam with his latest project, Morning Ritual (featuring the Shook Twins), and celebrate the release of the group’s 12-inch vinyl record “The Clear Blue Pearl,” in a 9 p.m. show Thursday, May 16, at Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. De La Warr shares the bill. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.

Lee Oskar, harmonica virtuoso and founding member of War, will present a free 7 p.m. workshop at Guitar Center, 1147 Hayden Meadows Drive, on Thursday, May 16. Info: 503-286-6327.

Guitarist-pianist Steve Kerrin will celebrate his new album “Joy” at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. Members of the TooLoose Cajun and Zydeco bands join him. $12. Info: 503-234-2337, www.duffsgarage.com.