Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Tribute

Reggie Houston, Shirley Nanette, Carlton Jackson, La Rhonda Steele, Janice Scroggins, Ural Thomas, Lloyd Jones, Gary Harris Quartet, Devin Phillips, Joe McMurrian, Kory Quinn, Hunter Paye, Mic Crenshaw, Steve Kerin, Warren Rand, Tin Pan Alley Cats, Dan Davis, Bret Malmquist, Jimi Bott

When: Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m. 2013

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In addition to being our most syllabic federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has recently been promoted as a day of service—volunteering, picking up trash, generally being less of a dick than usual. And that's important. It's potentially even enjoyable. But all the best birthday parties have tunes, and this particular birthday party is also a fundraiser for the NAACP, which is probably a better way of paying tribute to Dr. King than taking your crap to Goodwill (not saying you can't do both). It's headlined by Portland sax legend Reggie Houston, erstwhile member of the Fats Domino Band and collaborator of Peter Gabriel and the Neville Brothers. He'll be joined by an overwhelming lineup of Portland greats, including vocal powerhouse Shirley Nanette and the soulful LaRhonda Steele. Also, did you know that there's a Jug Band Hall of Fame? There is, and inductee Arlo Leach will be playing, too. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $10-20

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