And by Oregon Trail, we’re talkin’ about the ’80s-era educational Apple II computer game featuring a tiny pixilated covered wagon bound for Oregon City and the fertile Willamette Valley.
WEDNESDAY JULY 23[MUSIC] THE ZOMBIES We Yanks sadly missed out on the full reunion of classic Brit Invasion rockers the Zombies. But the return of the road band, featuring the group’s sonic architect, keyboardist Rod Argent, is a more than adequate consolation prize. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $30. 21+.
THURSDAYJULY 24[WORDS] ROCK ’N’ ROLL CAMP FOR GIRLS: THE BOOK After years of teaching local ladies to kick sonic ass, the Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls releases a print manual for its farther-flung fans. In Other Words, 8 NE Killingsworth St., 232-6003. 6:30 pm. Free. [MUSIC] PDX POP NOW! Like no other fest in Portland, let alone the U.S., all-local, all-free, all-ages fest PDX Pop Now! distills the best in local rock, experimental, R&B, dance and, uh, pop into three full days of mind-blowing entertainment. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. Friday-Sunday July 25-27. Free. All ages. [SCREEN] WARGAMES Bad news for Matthew Broderick: The world is coming to an end thanks to a computer glitch he accidentally caused. Good news: He gets to make out with Ally Sheedy. God, the ‘80s were wonderful. Cinemark Cedar Hills Crossing 16, 3200 SW Hocken Ave., Beaverton, 672-7469. 7:30 pm. $10.
FRIDAYJULY 25[SCREEN] DAY OF THE ZOMBIE A rock opera of the undead by Dan Abbot. Song, dance and BRAAAINS! Dante’s, 1 SW 3rd Ave., 226-6630. 9:30 pm Friday, July 25. $10 for the dead, $15 for the living.
SUNDAYJULY 27[MUSIC] THE HOLD STEADY The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn is singlehandedly (OK, along with Ted Leo) dragging trad-rock lyricism, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. And his band’s doing the same for barroom rock. Thank goodness. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. $20 advance, $22 day of show. All ages.
TUESDAYJULY 29[MUSIC] THAO WITH THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN, HORSE FEATHERS, HARPER SIMON Thao Nguyen’s garnering the attention of both indie kids and the Starbucks crowd. Hear why tonight. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 39-7639. 9 pm. $8. 21+.
DRINK: The Oregon Brewers Festival takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway between the Morrison and Burnside bridges. Noon-9 pm Thursday-Saturday; noon-7 pm Sunday July 24-27. Call 778-5917 or visit oregonbrewfest.com for info. Mugs cost $5, taster tokens $1 each.