SKIN TIGHT—Try not to be distracted by Minden's glittery Spandex outfits or billowing facial hair—this Portland-by-way-of Kansas-City six-some peddles smooth, glowy dance-pop with confidence, humor, and a healthy dollop of funk. The ridiculous outfits are just gravy on one very enjoyable train. AH
w/Beisebol, Sama Dams, Micrasoft; Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 9 pm, $5, all ages

STRINGED THINGS—Now entering year 14, the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering is a multi-day, multi-venue affair with plenty of old-time music, workshops, square dancing, kids' stuff and more for stringband and bluegrass lovers. Kicking off this year is a totally free party at the Spare Room with Mercury faves Caleb Klauder Country Band, along with Whiskey Puppy and Newt Payne. NL
The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd, 7:30 pm, FREE, fest schedule at