Brown Eyed Blue
The Central Oregon-raised duo of sisters Janelle and Lindsey Johnson grew up on Motown, which certainly influences their soulful sound. From mashups of Marvin Gaye and Ed Sheeran songs to thoughtful originals, the duo blends city-soul with their Oregon folk roots. Both sisters play piano, guitar and cajon, and (not surprisingly) harmonize their genetically-similar vocals together beautifully. Expect originals and covers ranging from James Brown and Bill Withers to Coldplay and John Legend. 6-8 pm. Thursday, March 19. The Lot, 745 NW Columbia St. No cover.
San Francisco-based Tracorum plays music that at its heart is a gumbo of rock and roll. With a rock and soul base to most songs, they also incorporate honky-tonk, southern swamp pop and elements of gospel stomp, Latin-Caribbean and funk. Dancing shoes are a must for any Tracorum performance. But it's just as easy to sit back and listen: warm, rich vocals paired with strong songwriting feel like a story told by a good friend. 9:30 pm. Saturday, Mar 21. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. No cover.
The first track off of Grizzly Business' self-titled EP immediately recognizes The Strokes and The Shins. From melodic guitar melodies to dynamic drum beats, the songs quickly glide. And, while the San Diego-based band features smoother vocals than those of Julian Casablancas, giving them an easily digestible indie rock sound, there's a certain catchy bounce that songs like "New Dog Old Tricks" echo the golden age of indie rock. 9 pm. Sunday, March 22. Volcanic Theatre Pub 70 SW Century Dr. $5.