Drew Grow concert Friday in Downtown Merced

Portland's Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives will bring its distinct alternative-gospel garage-rock sound to Downtown Merced at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Playhouse Merced's Black Box Theatre.

DGPW has been hailed as one of Portland's many rising stars with the release of its self-titled album that put out last September.

The Oregonian calls them, "the latest example of a band getting scary good really fast" and the Portland Mercury says "quite simply making some of the best music in Portland right now.”

Grow's songwriting is intensely personal, which translates to emotional live performances. He says he knows no other way to write or perform."I simply don’t know how to write any other way." he says. "I can take on characters or situations at times, but the heart of the song and the lines I like the best are always ripped straight out of an unself-consciously personal blurt. I can’t imagine it happening any other way."Also playing that night will be Modesto singer/songwriter Scott Bartenhagen.

The concert is presented by Downtown Life Magazine. The Black Box Theatre is located at 452 W. Main St., behind Playhouse Merced. Tickets are $5 and available at J&R Tacos or at the door. For information, call (209) 777-6176 or visit http://www.thedlm.com.