Saturday, May 5
Now over a quarter-century deep, the remarkably egalitarian Canadian band Sloan continues to make catchy indie rock that draws on the songwriting skills of all four members. They play selections from their twelfth record, 12, and tracks from the other 11 at Empire (575 Congress St., Portland) at 9 p.m. Tix: $20 (21+). 558-2279. portlandempire.com. And of all the Kentucky Derby parties happening around Portland today, the only one we know of where you can hobnob with real racehorses is at Scarborough Downs (90 Payne Rd.). Get there before the 2 p.m. post time to place a bet and wet your whistle. Free (all ages). 883-4331. scarboroughdowns.com.