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Music News & notes from down in the Willamette valley.
Liz Vice. Photo: Todd Cooper.
Liz Vice. Photo: Todd Cooper.

Happy 10th Anniversary Grrrlz Rock! Thank you to all the musicians, teachers, volunteers, parents and students who make music education and performance a priority during this month-long music and arts festival for the young girls and women in this town, especially when they may not be seeing much gender diversity on stages the rest of the year. Come celebrate with headliner, the Canadian-born, California-based rocker Lila Rose, who’s touring with new album WE.ANIMALS, 6 pm Friday, Nov. 6, at WOW Hall. Joining Rose at WOW Hall will be Alicia Humphries, Eugene Bhangra, The Ridgeline Uke Experience, Samba Ja, Saffron, Adrian Conor and Troupe Azhaar. Organizer Matrisha Armitage has packed November stages with music by women and music clinics. For the full lineup, visit grrrlzrock.com.

Dave Simonett is sneaking into town sans his bluegrass-rock outfit Trampled by Turtles to perform an acoustic set, touring in support of his solo EP Razor Pony, 9:30 pm Friday, Nov. 6, at Sam Bond’s Garage; $14 door, advance tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. Pete Quirk, of indie-folk band The Cave Singers, will also perform a solo set. 

Don’t miss: Next week at Sam Bond’s, rising Portland gospel and soul star Liz Vice performs a special early show 8 to 9:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 12; $7. Vice’s sound is a sultry modern take on ’60s-era soul, which has racked up accolades from The New York Times, NPR and Willamette Week. For an introduction, listen to “Empty Me Out.”