Wonder Ballroom Northeast
Fri March 20, 2020, 9 pm, & Sat March 21, 2020, 9 pm 21+
Recommended by Zach Frimmel
It’s another disconcerting election year and so the 2020 music-political climate is pretty much guaranteed to be rife with subtle and not-so-subtle demonstrations of dissent. Twenty-two years into their croon-country catalog, Athens, Georgia-brewed Drive-By Truckers (the launchpad of now solo artist Jason Isbell) have unspooled yet another delicately developed deluge of disruption filed under their 12th studio album, The Unraveling. Two shimmering exclamations appear back-to-back on the nine-track credo—“Stick it up your ass with your useless thoughts and prayers” (from “Thoughts and Prayers”); and “If Amazon can deliver salvation, I’ll order it on my phone” (“21st Century America”). Joined by Nashville’s neotraditional Kelsey Waldon, the night should carry the twang of spitfire from open to close.
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"