I only have room in my heart for one jam band. Sorry Disco Biscuits, but it is reserved for New York's Akron/Family, who aren't a "jam" band as much as a band that hearkens back to the exploratory, experimental style of musicians like Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, and Can. There are some folk and rock grooves in their extended performances, and some mellow moments, but there is some genuinely weird shit, too, enough to inspire terror in the heart of the twirlingest tie-dyed dreadlocker. This band is the real deal, and the two times I've seen them (once at the tiny Towne Lounge, the other at Waterloo Park at this year's SXSW) are enough to convince me that they are one of the best live bands on the planet.
Also on the bill are Portland's own Evolutionary Jass Band, and Datura Blues, whose ranks tonight include the Laws brothers from Church. Here's the reported lineup:
Brandon Laws (Church) on vibraphone, synth, voxTonight, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 9 pm, $15
Richard Laws (Church) on hammer dulcimer, percussion, vox
Shannon Steele (The Ocean Floor) on violin, vox
Todd Swikhart (Poncho Luxurio) tenor sax, percussion
Rudy Slizewski (Tapwater) on steel drums, percussion