Live Tonight: Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Avatar Darko, Arturo Sandoval, Iska Dhaaf & More

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project Looking to explore field recordings and pay homage to folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, two-time Juno Award–winning banjoist/composer Jayme Stone gathered a few folk musicians to re-interpret traditional songs, including “Bahamian sea shanties, African-American a cappella singing . . . [and] ancient Appalachian ballads.” The group manages to add a breath of fresh air to each song while still keeping their roots firmly intact. With Eli West, Brittany Haas, Moira Smiley, Joe Phillips. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $14 adv./$18 DOS. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

In a recent interview, Avatar Darko remarked that he’s trying to show a different side of Seattle, one that avoids references to Priuses, Starbucks, and thrift shops. Darko, half Russian and half Ukrainian, just released “SOAH,” a “warm-up” single for his forthcoming Soviet Goonion 3. With Thaddeus David, Donte Peace, Feezable the Germ, Peta Tosh. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv. MICHAEL F. BERRY

Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval has been performing since he was 13, with the resume to prove it: 10 Grammys, a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and dozens upon dozens of credits to his name, including 2012’s Dear Diz (Everyday I Think of You), dedicated to his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie. Sandoval keeps busy, but, watching him onstage, there’s no doubt he loves his job. Through Sunday. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $28.50. All ages. ACP

Blue Skies for Black Hearts occupies the fertile territory between the AM pop of the ’60s and ’70s, where the Kinks and the Beatles reigned, and the later underground iteration of pop that grew out of punk and was played by groups like the Replacements and Elvis Costello’s Attractions. Unapologetic and unadorned, it is music that lasts the test of time, and few do it as well as this long-standing Portland quintet. With Stereo Embers, Bye Bye Blackbirds. The Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 10 p.m. Cover. 21 and over. MSB

A trailblazer in the realm of conscious hip-hop, Jeru the Damaja has been damaging mikes for more than 20 years. Despite rumors of a new album—he hasn’t released a new solo project since 2007—he continues to provide “classic hip-hop for the future,” as his website proclaims. With Zoolay, Kung Foo Grip, Nu Era, Porter Ray, Romero Franceswa. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv. MFB

Iska Dhaaf It’s not often that a season’s most highly anticipated album is a debut, but the two musicians behind this group have played their cards right in the run-up to the release of Even the Sun Will Burn, which will be celebrated tonight. Fortunately, they also play some powerful music, suffused with psychedelia and surf guitar but more emotionally searing than those two genres generally allow. With Don’t Talk to the Cops, Stickers. Neumos. 8 p.m. $8 adv. 21 and over. MSB

If you couldn’t make it to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras, you’re in luck. Galactic, the shape-shifting New Orleans funk band, brings Carnival to Seattle. A core quintet of instrumentalists collaborates with vocalists and instrumentalists from all genres, refashioning traditional New Orleans music into its own blend of funk, hip-hop, and jazz. Its most recent studio album, Carnivale Electricos, chronicles the spirit of Carnival from Lundi Gras (the day before Mardi Gras) through Ash Wednesday, and features guests ranging from local high-school musicians to rapper Mystikal to New Orleans icons Cyril and Ivan Neville. A comparison with the tales of exodus and mourning on From the Corner to the Block, Galactic’s 2007 post-Katrina album, shows that while New Orleans will never be the same, a sense of normalcy is slowly returning. With Brushy One String. The Showbox. 9 p.m. $26.50 adv./$31 DOS. MFB

 
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