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Dread Zeppelin, Commonly Courteous, Rotary Age and Mr. Plow

The Raven (map) Northeast
Sat., July 19, 9 p.m. 2014 21+

Eliza Sohn

This is quite a week for throwbacks, including the expected (Journey and Steve Miller at Sleep Country Amphitheatre, Sun July 20); the always welcome (Rakim at Hawthorne Theatre, Tues July 22); the shrug-I-guess-that-makes-sense (Grand Funk Railroad at the Linn County Fair in Albany, Sat July 19); and the oh-dear-god-kill-it-already (the Crystal Method at Whiskey Bar, Sat July 19). But the weirdest, most WTF throwback this week has got to be Dread Zeppelin turning up on the Tonic's calendar. An iffy prospect even in 1990, Dread Zeppelin were perhaps the first band to take nostalgia to grotesque extremes, performing awful reggae versions of Led Zeppelin songs (who had a couple awful reggae songs of their own already—looking at you, "D'Yer Mak'er" and "Fool in the Rain"). Their lead singer was/is a 300-pound Elvis impersonator named Tortelvis, and they somehow parlayed their gimmick into a contract with IRS Records and an opening gig with INXS. I don't know who on Earth is going to this show, but they're probably the same ones who shelled out for that Macaulay Culkin pizza thing a couple months ago. NED LANNAMANN

The Raven

3100 NE Sandy, Portland, OR 97232
Hours: Daily 3pm-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 3pm-2:30am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Sat., July 19, 9 p.m. 2014
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