WEDNESDAY JULY 16
[MUSIC] New Zealand, of all places, is the worldâs new pop-music hotbed. Coming on the heels of Lorde is kiwi singer Karoline Tamati, aka Ladi6. Often compared to Erykah Badu, Tamati balances nu-soul tendencies with a more futuristic R&B bent that is equal parts âRoyalsâ and post-chillwave production. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
THURSDAY JULY 17
[MUSIC] The California songwriter has spent much of his career supporting the likes of Willie Nelson, Elliott Smith and Edward Sharpe in their touring bands. But his exquisite 2012 album, Tiny Prayers, showcases his way with melodic tenor guitar and jazzy piano ballads that are at once endearing and heartbreaking. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 10 pm. $10. 21+.
FRIDAY JULY 18
PDX POP NOW
[MUSIC FESTIVAL] Thereâs no more efficient way to orient yourself with whatâs going on right at this moment in Portlandâs internationally exalted music scene. Itâs free, itâs all-ages, and the 40-plus bands are all local. Audio Cinema, 226 SE Madison St. Free. All ages. See pdxpopnow.com for complete schedule. Through July 20.
SATURDAY JULY 19
THE SACRED MUSIC OF MIKAGURA
[DANCE] Mikagura is sacred Japanese theatrical dance that probably dates back to the 14th century, and this is the first time (!) itâll be performed in the continental U.S., with two dozen musicians and dancers performing in full ceremonial dress. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., 542-0282. 7 pm. $12-$15.
FREE CHIPS & SALSA
[COMEDY] OK, so the chips arenât technically freeâthereâs a $5 coverâ but they are Juanitaâs, and theyâre served alongside standup from some of Portlandâs best comics, including Bri Pruett and Sean Jordan. Also on the bill: the Famous Haydell Sisters, a duo that blends country music and comedy, and Nick Landes, a competitive footbagger (thatâs Hacky-Sacker to the rest of you). Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 9 pm. $5.
TUESDAY JULY 22
THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON
[THEATER] Before he wrote Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie penned this 1902 upstairs-downstairs comedy about a lord who cares not a whit about class differences, and his butler who does. Portland Shakespeare Project performs a staged reading. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm. $15.