The Undergrind Tour
Thursday, June 13
The Blacklite Bar, 610 Marion St. NE
9 p.m., $12, 21+
Austin-based hip hop artist and MelodicScience Media Group C.E.O. Mirage is slated to headline The Undergrind Tour on its visit to the one-and-only Blacklight Bar (or is it Blacklite Bar? or Blacklight Lounge? Or…). Mirage’s music is not the par-for-the-course fare you’d expect, blending elements of soul and jazz into the danceable back-beat of modern hip hop. Mirage will be joined by fellow Austintonians Side Effect and D.O.S., along with the Northwest’s Jae Lava and Pale Soul. Tickets are available at the door. For more information about the event, contact the bar at (503) 363-4397.
Saturday, June 15
Mac’s Place, 201 N. Water St., Silverton
9 p.m., $5, 21+
Americana roots rockers Sassparilla will pay a visit to one of Silverton’s most happenin’ hangouts, Mac’s Place. The PDX-based outfit bounces seamlessly from foot-stompin’ country western of yesteryear and the gang-harmony-laden alternative pop of today. Though the band’s presence is more in-line with the whiskey-drenched Americana-punk of some of their Bridge City contemporaries, their recordings give off a glossy enough sheen that may one day catch the eye of the masses. What I’m hinting at, is make sure to get your fill of Sassparilla (the band) while it’s still only five buckaroos. You should also check them out for yourself: sassparilla.info.
Saturday, June 15
Venti’s Taphouse, 2840 Commercial St. SE
9 p.m., free, 21+
Bryan Flannery and Lauren Abraham from The Bryan Flannery Band will join Jamalia’s Andrew Hussey for an evening of late-90’s-esque alternative pop rock. If the sound of Flannery’s long-time Portland-based band is any indication, the tunes will be in the vein of Train, Dave Matthew’s Band and the like. If that sounds like your cup o’ tea, I’d suggest making the trip down to Salem’s microbrew shrine on this particular eve. The guitarist and vocalist has a voice that could have easily found a home on the 90’s airwaves alongside his heroes. Also, the rare Dogfish Head 120 Minute Imperial IPA will be available. Finely crafted brews and tunes, dig?
Rock the Mountain
Saturday, June 15
Spirit Mountain, 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy
8 p.m., $15+, 16-and-older with adult (21+)
Who would you rather see? A bloated, braided-dread-lock-wig-wearing Axel Rose for god-knows-how-much or a band of relative youngins that can shred and pump out GNR gems for 15 bucks? Plus, you get a Journey and Bon Jovi tribute band mixed in for good measure. Stone In Love (Journey), Appetite For Deception (Guns N’ Roses) and Steelhorse (Bon Jovi) return to Spirit Mountain Casino for another go at “Rock the Mountain.” So, if you feel like reveling in some tongue-in-cheek fun (or just fun), head on down to Spirit Mountain, load up on some crab cakes, soft serve ice cream and hot chocolate with whipped cream and catch some “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Part – or all – of you wants to go. At least to take it all in. Don’t you ever stop believing.
The Concert Experience
Friday, June 21
Liberty Spirit, 2653 Commercial St. SE
9:30 p.m., $3, 21+
Mob Royalle aka Mark Jones has been a staple of the Cherry City hip hop and rap scene for quite some time. The Philadelphia native leans on his roots of Tupac, Tech N9ne, Dr. Dre and other legends of the scene, but manages to put his own spin on every track. His beats have an old-school tilt, but his flow is sharp and nimble. Mr. Jones also is able to pull off the rare feet of flipping a switch from rapping to belting the hooks without wavering or missing a beat. Mob Royalle’s tunes can be heard at ReverbNation.com/MobRoyalle. For tickets to the show, contact Liberty Spirit at (503) 588-2739.
Friday, June 21
Boon’s Treasury, 888 Liberty St. NE
9 p.m., all-ages, 21+
Alternative pop songstress Krista Herring has a decorated music career, winning the Effigy Award for “Best Folk Song” for her track “Free,” as well as winning “Best Female Artist of the Year” at the 2011 Portland Music Awards. Her music features an excellent vocal range, sparse, elegant arrangements and a little country-pop twang which has led to comparisons to Jewel and other flag bearers of the genre. For more information about Herring and mp3s of her new singles, visit KristaHerring.com. Herring has an upcoming album scheduled for a Fall 2013 release.
Save The Space Benefit
Saturday, June 22
Duffy’s Hangar, 2275 McGilchrist St. SE
8 p.m., $5, 21+
Concert promoter Doug Hoffman is looking resurrect The Space — the DIY concert venue that operated for nearly three years at the present-day Christo’s lounge location from early 2008 to late 2010 — and he needs your help! He’s put together a lineup that is reminiscent of a classic The Space bill, with heavy garage rockers The Fools, one-man hard-rockin’ band Rollie Fingers and surf-punk-thorn-in-the-buns The Buttfrenchers all slated to play. There’s also a raffle! With a lineup like that, it’s hard to fathom that The Space ever had to close its doors. For more information about The Space and Doug Hoffman’s projects (he’s also a lead organizer for The Great Idea at Enchanted Forest) visit TheSpaceIsThePlace.com.