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Ted Nugent plays The Orleans July 12

It’s fucking hot out there. Luckily for us, though, there’s plenty of live music this week to assuage our impending heat strokes. Here are the cool highlights.

Austin, Texas-based funk-soul octet Mingo Fishtrap springs into Silverton’s Veil Pavilion at 7 p.m. July 10. The band has been kicking around since the mid-1990s, and their latest disc, On Time, brims with jazz and rock influences. This incredible ensemble offers everything from Memphis blues to New Orleans-style jams. My favorite moment on the new album is the gospel-stompin’ “Movin,” which uses old-fashioned, horn section-powered arrangements.

Over at LVCS, pop-reggae sensation Hirie unfurls her island grooves at 8 p.m. July 11. The Hawaiian singer relies on genuine instrumentation (instead of keyboards and drum machines) to power her rootsy-rasta tunes. “Sensi Boy” is pure sonic sugar, while the throbbing ballad “Smile” will encourage you to drink a few more Red Stripes. Also on the bill: Hi Roots, Lady Reiko & the Sin City Prophets and SYNRGY.

Everyone’s favorite Obama-phobic moron Ted Nugent plays the Orleans at 8 p.m. July 12. Despite his political idiocy, the Nuge still plays guitar at a very high level, and his rock-quartet format packs a serious wallop. As long as you interpret his libertarian ravings as comedic, the music remains fun—especially now-classic, hard-rockin’ track “Fred Bear” (off ’95’s Spirit of the Wild), a freaky tribute to the legendary bowhunter of the same name.

Finally, I don’t know much about instrumental surf-punk maniacs Guantanamo Baywatch except for their name, which makes me think of Pamela Anderson tanning topless behind barbed wire. In any case, this Portland, Oregon, group seems to provide a respectful update on the Ventures, at least judging by a track on their Bandcamp page called “Barbacoa.” Guantanamo Baywatch busts into the Beauty Bar at 9 p.m. July 17.

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