While the Devil Makes Three are not exactly a group of Kentucky bluegrass rabble-rousers, they have taken a good stance in slowing down the speediest of musical genres to California's snail pace. Hailing from Santa Cruz, the last frontier of funky coastal towns between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the three-piece outfit has enacted a simple homage to Americana on 2009's Do Wrong Right, with hints of ragtime soul, bluesy rhythm, and some punk rock affectations. They have traded frenzy for swagger, showy clawhammer for lax finger picking, and gingham shirts for neck tattoos. And if nothing else can be gathered, you will be pleasantly surprised at the way the band sparks that rowdiness in all who will entertain it, a primal urge to get drunk and dance like the devil is on his way. RAQUEL NASSER
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"