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Clubs, halls, theaters around town to host a variety of shows


TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE  - Belle and Sebastian perform with the help of the crowd at MusicFestNW, which has merged with the Project Pabst Festival for a planned August festival at Waterfront Park in 2016. The Who, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Bonnie Raitt and Slayer are among the many acts set to visit Portland in 2016.

On the large club and theater level, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Matisyahu, Umphrey’s McGee, Gary Clark Jr., and several other notable acts will hit our city’s stages. Other acts to visit the clubs include Orgy, Killing Joke, Bongzilla, Arlo Guthrie and Steve Hackett. Meanwhile, Portland’s midsize and smaller joints will host such musicians as Julia Holter, Pin & The Horn-its, The Toasters and Goldfoot Joy Tribe.

Here’s a sample of some shows you should consider catching in 2016 in our town’s many venues.

Moda Center

For really big shows, the Moda Center is the place to go. The ever-controversial Justin Bieber will bring his big, bad Canadian self there March 13, while U.K. singer Ellie Goulding visits April 3. The Who, featuring Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey, will play Moda Center May 17, having rescheduled after being forced to cancel last year when Daltrey fell ill. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas will bring the love Saturday, Aug. 20, and Maroon 5 take the stage Oct. 13.

Theaters and clubs

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will mark the 20th anniversary of their Grammy-winning album “Tha Crossroads” with a show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. The innovative, fast-rapping group has sold more than 50 million records since they came out of Cleveland on the “1st of Tha Month.”

Duff’s Garage, 2530 N.E. 82nd Ave., continues to be one of our town’s premiere blues, soul and roots-rock joints, and puts on a hot show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, with Pin & The Horn-Its. Gritty but polished, this funky blues and soul group has 13 members, including six on horns.

Ska and soul fans can get their fix when The Toasters, The Sentiments and Heavy City hit the stage at the Panic Room, 3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd., at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

Then on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, you can catch “Hearts on Fire: Showcase of Classic Country Duets” at Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave., featuring Pete Krebs and Leslie Beia, Rachael and Luke Pricke, Danny Coble and Jen FitzPatrick, and Mamma Coal (Carra Stansey) and Bryan Wiese. These duos will be singing tunes by Johnny and June Cash, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, among others.

COURTESY: MATT MINER - Claudia Schmidt plays the Clinton Street Theater, April 15.You also can check out heartfelt acoustic music queens the Indigo Girls at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St.

Speaking of music that speaks to the heart, nothing says “I love you” more than taking your beau in a black T-shirt to see metal bands Slayer, Testament and Carcass for an all-ages show at Roseland Theater on March 20.

New Orleans Gambit Weekly recently named Anders Osborne, a stellar blues rock guitarist and singer, Entertainer of the Year. You can see why when he plays at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St.

Fans of Hawaiian music ,as well as folk, bluegrass and other styles, might want to sashay on down to see Makana & Paula Fuga at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Makan is a guitar master, and Fuga’s music has been called modern Hawaiian soul.

The Hawthorne Lounge, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave., will host Irish via Seattle recording artist JP Hennessy, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16. A former member of the Irish rock band the VooDoos, Hennessy is pursuing a solo career now and will share a bill with Champagne Honeybee, a duo that plays originals as well as jazz, oldies, soul, folk and indie rock.

The Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., continues to offer up an eclectic lineup of shows, including one by Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16. About a year ago, they released their new album, “Celloverse,” which debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Classical and Classical Crossover charts as well in the Billboard Top 200.

Legendary alterna-rockers Nada Surf take the stage at Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

Festival fix

If there’s one thing our area likes to do, it’s put on music festivals. So let’s take a look at a few ahead this year:

From Feb. 18-28, the Portland Jazz Festival will take place at a dozen venues around town, including the venerable Jimmy Mak’s, the Newmark Theatre and Revolution Hall.

The festival is marking the birthday of the late great saxophonist John Coltrane and will feature such performers as former Coltrane bassist Chuck Israels, Alicia Olatuja, the Orrin Evans Trio, the Africa Brass Ensemble, harpist Brandee Younger and the John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet. Info: www.pdxjazz.com.

The Soul’d Out Festival, which runs from April 13-17, features Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr., Sharon Jones and Trombone Shorty. Info: www.souldoutfestival.com

COURTESY PHOTO - Bonnie Raitt plays in Portland for the Sould Out Festival in April.The Waterfront Blues Festival draws tens of thousands to downtown Portland each year, and the 2016 version of the festival runs July 1-4. Past festivals have featured such acts as Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and Macy Gray, and each Independence Day the party ends with fireworks over the Willamette River.

The Northwest String Summit takes place July 14-17 at Hornings Hideout, North Plains, and includes anchor act Yonder Mountain String Band as well as a host of other bluegrass, country, Americana and folk rock outfits. Past festivals have featured The Shook Twins, Keller Williams, Del McCoury and David Grisman. Peacocks roam the festival grounds, which turn into one gigantic camping and party site with folks celebrating well into the wee, wee hours of each night. Info: www.stringsummit.com.

One of the most adventurous music festivals the city puts on is PDX Pop Now! Free, all ages and featuring a record fair and other booths, the left-of-center festival takes place July 22-24 under the Hawthorne Bridge.

Speaking of roots music, Pickathon has become the boutique indie roots festival of our region, and takes place Aug. 5-7 in 2016 at Pendarvis Farm, Happy Valley. Last year’s eclectic lineup included rocker Ty Seagall, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and North African group Tinariwen. It’s a testament to the festival’s reputation that musicians who have played it often come back to attend the event as fans themselves. Info: www.Pickathon.com.

For the past two years, the end of summer has seen two rock-pop festivals compete for fans, the Project Pabst Festival and the Willamette Week’s MusicFestNW.

While Project Pabst has been slightly more classic rock oriented, both festivals also have drawn a number of what we used to call alterna-rock acts, not to mention the occasional hip hop performer.

The two festivals have merged and will take place sometime in August at Waterfront Park, so stay tuned for details. Info: www.facebook.com/projectpabst.

Other festivals worth checking out next summer include FarmFest in Damascus. And, of course, there’ll be a slew of summer concert series. We’ll publish details as we learn them.