JIMMY CLIFF, ETHAN TUCKER
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) That world-renowned, peaced-out pop superstar Jimmy Cliff arrives just after MusicfestNW is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because the 65-year-old Jamaican will be afforded a full set unbridled by festival clocks. A curse because after a weekend of binging on live music, some folks might stay home. A blessing because the show won't be overrun by tourists or besieged by lines. A curse because someone who might've stumbled onto Cliff's magnanimous charm, lilting melodies, and genuine good vibrations might otherwise remain in the dark. Really though, regardless of circumstance, Cliff is all blessing. A legitimate legend with a trunk full of sunny, indelible hits as well as new, inspired, and poignant material, Cliff is still reaching. He's also a soothing, gracious, and stirring performer, and not one looking to cash in on past work. I saw Cliff at SXSW in 2012 and while singing he couldn't stop smiling. The feeling is as contagious as the hooks. ANDREW R TONRY Also see My, What a Busy Week!
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Shinyribs has increasingly become less of a side project for the Gourds' Kevin Russell, and more of a full-on, full-time gig. The Texas band's debut Gulf Coast Museum continues Russell's proclivity for country and R&B music, twisting it into his own family recipe for blue-eyed soul. But it's Russell's storytelling that takes center stage throughout, road-trippin' down I-10 in Texas and taking in the sights and sounds and the humidity. Shinyribs made quite an impression at this year's Pickathon, and no matter where they play you'll feel like you're kicking it on a porch in Texas. Of course, you may want to wash it all down with an ice-cold beer to get the full experience. MARK LORE