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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