Wonder Ballroom Northeast
Fri., Sept. 8, 9 p.m. 2017 All Ages
Hailing from New Orleans, blues singer Benjamin Booker brings electrifying authenticity to the genre. Though modern blues-rock bands like the Black Keys and Alabama Shakes get a lot of radio play, they can feel like regurgitations of the same polished sound. Booker’s approach is distinct—he puts an indie-rock spin on the traditional roots music he loves. In June he released Witness, a soulful, funky smattering of his many genre-spanning talents. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what genre you call it, though—if you can dance to it, who really cares? DELANEY MOTTER
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"