When: Tue., Sept. 16 2014

folk, rock, soul, 9 p.m.

Fruition is a band that’s easy to like. Varied influences abound on the band’s 2013 release Just One of Them Nights — from Bob Dylan to Ryan Adams to Simon and Garfunkel. The Portland, Ore.-based band makes music that inspires bar-room dancing as easily as it evokes pensive and somber thoughts — and the quintet does it all in a wholly absorbing way. For starters, there’s the blitzkrieg bluegrass number “The Wanter,” whose dizzying banjos and guitars augment singer Mimi Naja’s vocals as she zips through lyrics about “running from a wedding ring.” The more country/folk-oriented “Broken Hearted” draws listeners in with its tender narratives and easy-going melodies. And even when the band gets region-specific on the folk track “Portland Bound,” it’s done in a way that doesn’t exclude anyone unfamiliar with the Northwest Coast. Rather, it helps you get to know them better, and that sure is a nice touch. —Brian Palmer TUESDAY

Price: $8/adv, $10/door

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