July 12th, 2013 4:10 pm | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 10 Things to Do in Portland, July 12-14

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Friday, July 12

Orgone, Perk!, DJ Steven Vaughn
[FUNK] For Los Angeles funkateers Orgone, being a solid backing band has always meant vocals are optional. The band’s soulful discography combines the best elements of ’70s funk, acid jazz, Afrobeat and rock, harnessing buzzing synths and tight horns alongside Mothershipinfused licks that not only beguile but demand listeners take to the groove. The octet’s most recent EP, New You, Part I, isn’t a radical departure from its 2007 instrumental debut—aside from the three lead vocalists, including touring diva Fanny Franklin—but it’s still got the shuffling beats, piercing flute solos and general Meters swagger that make you wonder how the band hasn’t wound up on the retro-leaning Daptone Records. BRANDON WIDDER. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

[MUSICAL THEATER] “What’s a Jellicle cat?” It’s a phrase repeated throughout the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal oddity Cats, which somehow became an instant smash upon its 1981 release, and it’s a question that’s plagued my thoughts since age 7, when my teenage brother returned from a Detroit production with cat-scratch fever. Wanting to impress him, I stole the tape and set about memorizing every word. Months later, I made my debut, regaling him with a pretty damned accurate rendition of the whimsical “Mr. Mistoffelees.” He was appalled: “What the hell is wrong with you? You’re so lame.” I was crushed. I had never seen the play, but the songs remained, haunting my psyche but still making little sense. Webber harvested his idea from a series of T.S. Eliot poems, which he put through the filter of cheesy hot jazz and creepy, off-key synthesizer cues. Then, apparently, he raided David Bowie’s costume closet post-Labyrinth. What the hell was Webber on? Two decades and far too much contemplation later, I finally chanced upon Broadway Rose’s revival and learned the answer: There are no answers. But, oh, what a glorious spectacle, re-created here in all its nonsensical, synth-blasting, jawdroppingly wacky glory. What is a Jellicle cat? Why, it’s an excuse for an actor to don a skintight leotard and belt out jazzy balladry while performing extremely elaborate and acrobatic choreography. It shows how versatile actors are—and how well they can endure repeated utterances of the word “Skimbleshanks” without breaking into giggles. This troupe, without exception, nails every beat. Sevenyear-old me would have been amazed. Thirty-one-year-old me wanted to drink heavily, immediately, and go home and listen to the Glee soundtrack. That’s what the cool kids like these days, right? AP KRYZA. Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Road, Tigard, 620-5262. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays and some Saturdays through July 21. $20-$37.

Bach: B Minor Mass
[CLASSICAL] The B Minor Mass was J.S. Bach’s final major work. It was completed a year before his death in 1750 and not performed until after he’d passed. Thanks to the original score’s many illegible passages, it’s been theorized that he composed it after he’d gone blind. Lucky for Portland, tonight’s performance is being authoritatively conducted by outgoing Oregon Bach Festival cofounder Helmuth Rilling, who chose this presentation to serve as his own finale. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm. $29-$78. All ages.

Baptist Generals
[INDIE ROCK] Ten years have gone by since the Texas band released its weird, wonderful Sub Pop debut. You’d expect Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, which appeared in May, to sound either tossed off or terribly belabored. Instead, it’s a meticulous album, expanding on the Generals’ bent, indie-rock-damaged vision of Americana, while simultaneously sounding like it just plopped out of frontman Chris Flemmons’ head one day. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Saturday, July 13

Summer Island Jam: Northwest Panman, Bel Mizik, Sons of the Late DC, Snackmaster DJ
[TROPICAL JAM] OK, so Portland isn’t exactly in the tropics, but you can take a sonic vacation at the first annual Summer Island Jam Series, presented by KZME and Portland-based world-music label Rose City Voodoo. This is the first of three gigs this summer reveling in Caribbean beats, and be warned: Even the most dubious Northwest hipster may succumb to happy feet. Saturday’s lineup features steel drum aficionado Northwest Panman, neo-soul hip-hoppers Bel Mizik (“beautiful music” in Haitian French Creole), Hawaiian jam-rockers Sons of the Late DC, and Snackmaster DJ. The genre-jumping lineup unites under salt-soaked island vibes reined in by master of ceremonies Madgesdiq, Portland’s own Rastamerican poet. GRACE STAINBACK. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 9:30 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Ian McLagan and the Bump Band, the Student Loan
[BRIT ROCK] Ian McLagan’s old band, British Invasion ravers the Small Faces, didn’t click in the states until they lost the “Small” handle and leader Steve Marriott and gained singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood. They became live favorites until Stewart split for superstardom, and other members were eventually claimed by the Stones (Wood), the Who (drummer Kenney Jones) and, sadly, multiple sclerosis (beloved bassist Ronnie Lane). But the band’s strongest instrumentalist was keyboardist McLagan, who calibrated its memorable blend of music-hall and R&B influences. Onstage today, with consummate Austin bar band the Bump Band, Mac remains a killer on the keys, has revealed himself a soulful vocalist and is a voluble bon vivant sharing stories of old pals and wild times. JEFF ROSENBERG. White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St., 282-6810. 9:30 pm. $15 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.

Smoked Beer Brew Fest
[INDIE BEER] Last week, when 19 Arizona firefighters died in a single wildfire, Portland Brewing’s Smoked Beer Brew Fest took on new gravity. Sure, it’s mostly just a chance to try beers made with smoky malts, including Base Camp’s Rauch the Boat and Hopworks’ Bacon-ator, a smoked Weizen with hazelnuts and bacon added. But it’s also a benefit for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Drink and enjoy, but pour some out, too. Portland Brewing Co., 2730 NW 31st Ave., 228-5269. Noon-5 pm. $20. All ages.

Sunday, July 14

Brass Bed, New Move
[INDIE ROCK] Louisiana’s Brass Bed makes irresistible songs about death, disappointment and heartbreak. Borrowing the classic Beach Boys dynamic of “bummed-out lyrics swaddled in cheery arrangements,” The Secret Will Keep You , the group’s latest album, is a collection of unfussy guitar rock with frayed edges, as if the band were trying to keep the depression framing these tunes from enveloping them completely. That kind of push and pull, between the light and the darkness, is at the heart of most great pop, and this trio plays that particular game of tug of war with utmost skill. Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St., 236- 4536. 8 pm. Free. 21+.

Hari Kondabolu
[COMEDY] The seriously smart comedian—he has a master’s degree in human rights from the London School of Economics and incorporates jokes about immigration and race into his analytical but still very funny standup—lands in Portland for a one-night stint. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643- 8669. 7:30 pm. $12-$17. 21+.

Mr. Darcy Dreamboat
[THEATER] The inventive and spunky Camille Cettina revives her solo show, in which she waxes rhapsodic about her unrequited literary crushes. The CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 715-1114. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14. $15.
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