Sun., Feb. 10, Portland Cello Project
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 7 p.m., $15
The Portland Cello Project is just what its name suggests. It ranges in arrangement from a small four-person ensemble to as many as a dozen players in a rotating cast, depending on availability. It's been in existence since 2006, assaying a variety of styles and formats. At times, it has employed guest singers, exploring everything from more traditionally minded classical compositions to (more often) unusual modern takes, such as a slinky take on Britney Spears' “Toxic,” and a warm, evocative cover of Jay-Z and Kanye West's “That's My Bitch.” The group's latest recording is a performance of Beck's odd sheet-music release, Song Reader, featuring Jolie Holland. 2708 J Street, https://portlandcelloproject.com.