Catch the blues-rockers of Blue Lotus 7:30 pm Saturday, May 31, at WOW Hall before they head out on tours spanning Oregon, Washington, California and next year Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Idaho with their 2013 album A Thousand Other Things. Blue Lotus nabbed “Favorite Local Band” in the 2013 WOW Hall Awards and lead singer and guitarist Brandelyn Rose won “Favorite Female Performer.” Portland’s African blues-rock outfit, Dusu Mali Band, led by Ibrahim Kelly (nephew of famed Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Touré), opens the night.
Wandering Goat brings lo-fi dance-punk group Mrs. Howl from Seattle 9 pm Friday, May 30. Mrs. Howl, originally from San Antonio, Texas, describes themselves as “Elastica, cross them with Blondie, add dance beats and big, catchy guitar licks — then sprinkle in a little Cajun flavoring.”
Get a chance to meet the men behind Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, who are back 8 pm Wednesday, June 4, at Dusk (44 E. 7th), touring with their 2013 album The Art of War: World War III; $110 meet & greet, $30 general. Eugene’s Starbuks and Portland’s Champagne James are also on the bill.