Montavilla Jazz Festival
The sixth annual festival emphasizes local musicians and puts the spotlight on two of Portland's jazz champions, Mel Brown and Gordon Lee.
It takes place starting at 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 17-18, at Portland Metro Arts, 9003 S.E. Stark St.
The drummer Brown and pianist Lee lead the multigenerational Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble in the headlining session, 8 p.m. Sunday, and they'll perform original compositions by Lee, newly arranged for this big-band performance.
The festival also includes Charlie Porter, Ezra Weiss and Bobby Torres Ensemble and more.
• 311 & Dirty Heads and their hybrid alternative sound take the stage at Memorial Coliseum, 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets: starting at $27, parking $13.
• JoJo Siwa's "D.R.E.A.M. Tour," featuring mother-daughter duo The Belles and more, takes place 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Moda Center. Tickets: starting at $36, parking $13.
• On his "Indigoat Tour," singer Chris Brown plays Moda Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Tickets: starting at $21, parking $20.
• The great Lionel Richie has a new album, "Live from Las Vegas," set to be released Aug. 23, and he'll perform at Moda Center on his "Hello" tour, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Tickets: starting at $58, parking $20.
For more: http://www.rosequarter.com.
Coming to venues this week (we're thinking tickets still available):
• The Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, presents The Piano Guys at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 (starting at $48.50), followed by Taj Mahal, Marc Cohn and Blind Boys of Alabama (starting at $39.50) at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington (starting at $42.50) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. For more: http://www.zooconcerts.com.
• Reminder: ZZ Top's Friday, Aug. 16, concert at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash., has been canceled. The band is on its 50th anniversary tour, and four dates were canceled because drummer Frank Beard has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Purchased tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. For more: http://www.sunlightsupplyamphitheater.com. Cheap Trick was on tour with ZZ Top.
• Sanctuary is a legend in the thrash metal genre, and the Seattle-based band plays at Bossanova Ballroom, 711 E. Burnside St., 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Tickets: $18-$22, http://www.bossanovaballroom.com.
• At McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, it's Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and Storm Large along with Booker T's Stax Revue, 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17. Special guests are Edna Vazquez, Jimmie Herrod, Ari Shapiro, The von Trapps and Katie Harman Ebner. Tickets: $45-$99 advance, http://www.edgefieldconcerts.com. Next week, it's Josh Groban on the lawn at Edgefield (Aug. 22).
• A premier Johnny Cash tribute act, Cash'd Out returns to Portland to play Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets: $17.50, $20 day of show, http://www.mississippistudios.com.
• Rap and orchestra unite as No Strings Attached, a collection of European orchestra members, plays the historic "Dr. Dre 2001" rap album at Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets: $25, http://www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• Formerly Conan O'Brien's band leader on the star's TV talk shows, Max Weinberg appears with his band Jukebox at Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets: $37.50, $40 day of show, http://www.aladdin-theater.com. They play The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf and more — often based on audience suggestions.
• A emo music pioneer, The Appleseed Cast has a new album, "The Fleeting Light of Impermanence," and plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Tickets: $13, http://www.mississippistudios.com.
• Formerly of Chicago, Bill Champlin and special guest/wife Tamara Champlin play a show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. Tickets: $30, http://www.theoldchurch.org. Tamara Champlin is an accomplished musician in her own right, writing songs for Leon Russell, Elton John and Paul Rogers. Their latest CD with band Wunderground is April 2018's "Bleeding Secrets."
• The Blasters, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys and Jesse Dayton perform at Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 21-22. Tickets: $23, http://www.dougfirlounge.com. Dayton has performed as a guitarist with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Ryan Bingham, Duff McKagan and punk band X. He's toured with Social Distortion, The Supersuckers and John Doe and written soundtracks for three Rob Zombie films. He has a new album, "Mixtape Volume 1," and it's a reimagined collection of cuts from the artists that have influenced him.
• The NowHere Band, a tribute band that plays The Beatles music, plays the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in its entirety at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 21-23. Tickets: $25, $35 at door, http://www.albertarosetheatre.com. The band also plays a special set of late-1960s music — The Who, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, The Kinks and more.