If you're looking for authenticity, you won't find it in Beats Antique. The Bay Area trio's world-music tapestry mostly tumbles out of a laptop equipped with Ableton, and all that striking Mediterranean, Balkan, and Middle Eastern instrumentation gets boiled in with pedestrian elements of reggae, hiphop, and breakbeat, resulting in a jumbled smorgasbord of world music opportunism. But if the music doesn't stand on its own two legs, the live show is something of a spectacle, highlighted by bellydancing from Zoe Jakes of the Bellydance Superstars, the troupe managed by IRS Records magnate (and former Police manager) Miles Copeland. If anything, Beats Antique are one of many clear signs that Burning Man esotericism has fire-danced its way into mainstream culture. NED LANNAMANN
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"