When you think of three-day, 140-band-strong music festivals, the city of Salem is the last location to pop into your mind. This weekend, that's gonna change. The inaugural Cherry City Music Fest, a collaborative venture between musicians, venue owners and music-hungry community members, takes some of Oregon's best bands—Horse Feathers, the Thermals and Viva Voce, among others—and lets them rock out in 15 bars, clubs and a bakery in our state capital. And it's for a good cause: Proceeds from the fest, which also includes films and lectures, will go to two local nonprofits: Isaac's Room and the Mid-Valley Video Festival. Since the bands will be playing within feet of the Capitol, we figured it would be fun to match up some of our most jovial state legislators with some of our favorite bands. Let the awkwardness begin!

GO: Cherry City Music Fest will take place in Salem all day Thursday-Saturday, April 9-11; $30 for full fest wristband, about $10 for individual shows. See cherrycitymusic.com for venues and a full schedule.



What planet is this dude from? The cool, icy and awkward singer-songwriter sounds like Jonathan Richman covering early Bowie.

Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $7. 21+.



Mad professor of dance Tahni Holt stages a free, inside-out performance experiment—the dancers are inside the Ace Cleaners while the audience hangs out on the sidewalk.

Ace Cleaners, 403 SW 10th Ave. 7 and 9 pm Thursday-Friday, April 9-10. Free.



Just in time for "Portland Comics Month," the city's superhero enthusiast collective, the Alter Egos Society, launches its second annual


pub crawl. A warning from the organizers: "Face social scorn if you dress as a character from comics or movies. We'll know you're not them."

Starts at secret locations, visit alteregossociety.com for details. 6 pm. 21+.

When disaster strikes, someone has to step up. The interesting part is, that person may not be whom you expect. Journalist and Democracy Now! radio show host Amy Goodman immortalizes brave folks in her new book, Standing Up to the Madness. Bagdad Theater Pub, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-9234. Noon Saturday, April 11. $15.



Wales might be a cold and damp place, but you wouldn't know that after hearing the peppy, upbeat tunes of Los Campesinos! Xylophones, group chants and exclamation points, oh my!

Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $13 advance, $14 day of show. All ages.

A Mennonite family man is wrecked by an affair. Summer dreams, ripped at the seams...but, oh, those Mennonites! NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum. 7 pm Friday and 4 and 7 pm Saturday-Sunday, April 10-12. $5-$8.



It's not quite like seeing the Boss, but fellow New Jerseyites the Gaslight Anthem take his everyman anthems and turn them into rad punk songs.

Berbati’s Pan, 231 SW Ankeny St., 248-4579. 8 pm. $15. All ages.