Tonight in Music: Welcome to Dillaville, Cinco de Mayo, Mono
WELCOME TO DILLAVILLE: BIZARRE RIDE LIVE, SLUM VILLAGE, SERGE SEVERE, ELTON CRAY
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Read our article on Welcome to Dillaville.
CINCO DE MAYO: ORQUESTRA PACIFICO TROPICAL, MINDEN, EDNA VASQUEZ, MICHAEL BRUCE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Celebrate Cinco de Mayo away from the sports bars with this decidedly hot Latin dance party. The soulful, party-down sound of Minden will be in attendance, along with the gorgeous Mexican folk songs of Edna Vazquez (backed by a live mariachi band!), and the fun cumbia band Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, who are so hot, they'll leave blisters on any exposed skin. (Bring salve.) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
MONO, HELEN MONEY
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Tonight, Japanese instrumental rock group Mono brings its experimental and cinematic sounds to the basement of the Doug Fir. The band has been developing its emotive blend of classical composition and thundering noise since 1999. Along the way, they've built a reputation through the intense live atmosphere they create when they take the stage. While Mono has utilized string sections and expansive orchestras in recent outings, the band is more than capable of conjuring moving and dynamic moments as a quartet. Expect them to use this tour as an opportunity to unleash some new material in intimate settings. Be sure to arrive early to catch cellist and past Mono collaborator Alison Chesley, who performs under the stage name Helen Money. Chesley uses looping pedals and bridges a gap between classical and metal influences as she becomes an experimental force all her own in the live setting. CHIPP TERWILLIGER