FAREWELL NIGHT AT THE WOODS: SALLIE FORD AND THE SOUND OUTSIDE, AGESANDAGES, BROTHERS YOUNG
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) A former funeral home, the Woods opened its doors in June 2009. Now the Sellwood music and arts space is sadly closing its doors for good. Say farewell to what was considered by many—myself included—to be the best venue in town, with a last-hurrah celebration that'll feature free sets from Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, AgesandAges, and Brothers Young. (And a late-night dance party is probably not out of the question.) NED LANNAMANN Also see our article on the Woods.
FAT FANCY ROCK 'N' SOUL DANCE PARTY: DJ BRUCE LaBRUISER, ACTION SLACKS
(Crush, 1400 SE Morrison) Fat Fancy is pretty special: The plus-size, queer-friendly, diversity-positive vintage and contemporary clothing shop is an anchor in Portland's body-positive community. Help them expand their reach online tonight, while shaking your big, little, or middle-sized keister to some good old rock and soul music. MARJORIE SKINNER
TRANSIENT, DANIEL MENCHE, EIGHT BELLS, TAURUS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) In Daniel Menche's long and impressive career as a noise musician and sound artist, he has never shown consistency or predictability. From the objects and instruments he uses to the level of volume and intensity, he has always found new and unique ways to create layers of sound that captivate his audiences. For his new double LP release, Guts, Menche chooses piano as his instrument of choice, and utilizes it in ways to create unfamiliar sounds. Also performing is Eight Bells, which is ex-members of Portland Psychedelic rockers SubArachnoid Space. ARIAN JALALI
RIVERCITY MUSIC FESTIVAL
(Red Lion on the River, 909 N Hayden Island) Americana-, bluegrass-, and roots rock-deprived throngs seeking out a folky fix ought to look no further than the respite of the seventh annual RiverCity Music Festival. With an eye on substance over style (think a wintertime, indoor Pickathon), this weekend's lineup features world-famous guit-pickers like Tommy Emmanuel, regional bluegrass wunderkinds Northern Departure, and mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull, who performs with her group Highway 111, fresh off the success of her sophomore album Daybreak. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Peter Rowan Band, and the time-capsule country of Dale Watson deftly fill in the void left by American ex-pat Jesse Winchester's cancellation, and round out a potent three days of riverside revelry. Capped by a Saturday night square dance, workshops maestro'ed by the masters, and the free, kids-only (ages seven to 17) Chick Rose School of Bluegrass program, this is one hoedown you don't want to miss. RYAN J. PRADO