Welcome Home Walker headlines
Sunday: After the grunge movement in Seattle ended, the Pacific Northwest did not stay quiet. In the late 1990s, bands from Portland, Ore., like the Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre rose to prominence. In 2010, Portland is one of the biggest music and cultural destinations in the country. Midwesterners migrate to the city en masse. This weekend, a little part of Portland will visit Lafayette. Garage pop combo Welcome Home Walker will bring a sound that blends 1950s soul and '60s garage pop with a 21st century punk presentation. With a name inspired by a Sam Cooke lyric, Welcome Home Walker features members of The Nice Boys and The Soda Pop Kids. Bloomington's Charlie and the Skunks will open the show. The band made a great Lafayette debut earlier in the month with a tight set of danceable garage pop.