Portland’s Hottest Halloween Shows
Oct20

Portland’s Hottest Halloween Shows

Too old for trick or treat? That doesn’t mean you have to be a hermit on Halloween! Portland loves a good dress up party, and there are lots of great options to choose from! Here are our picks for great Halloween weekend shows in the city: Friday, October 30: Crow and the Canyon and Polecat at Alberta Abbey: Love 90’s TV shows? This Halloween party features your favorite characters and theme songs! 9 p.m., $15/$20, 21+ Turkuaz and The Quick & Easy Boys at the Wonder Ballroom: If you like to get funky, this is the show for you. Brooklyn outfit Turkuaz and Portland favorites The Quick and Easy Boys will keep your booty shakin’ all night long!  9 p.m., $12/$15, 21+ Saturday, October 31: Fruition at Revolution Hall: Portland Americana rockers Fruition will bring a foot-stompin’ good time to Revolution Hall this Halloween! This show will be high energy and will not disappoint. 8 p.m., $20, 21+ Shafty at Star Theater: Portland Phish tribute band Shafty doesn’t need Halloween costumes! They’re well versed at playing spot-on versions of Phish tunes, and even putting their own spin on their shows. 9 p.m., $15, 21+ McTuff at the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge: High-caliber jazz/funk outfit McTuff will bring a serious, serious dance party to the Goodfoot on Halloween. This one is gonna be fun. w/InHalen. 10 p.m.,...

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For Chris Chandler
Sep28

For Chris Chandler

This was supposed to be a review of Brad Parsons & the Local Talent and Polecat, but instead it’s going to be about Chris Chandler. The music was great, but I would give up that show- or every show- a million times if we could just get a do-over of Saturday night. Our fun times seem so insignificant compared to what was lost. I was dancing with Chris not an hour before he was killed. We joked about an air pump he had lent me that kept turning itself on and off in the back of the car. (He told me I could keep it.) We made plans to go hiking the next day. He gave me a huge bear hug. And I had no idea that was the last time I’d ever see him. We all have similar stories about Chris. He was universally kind, inclusive, generous, and positive- and there is no one that could say any different about him. I think we are all realizing now exactly how many people his infectious warmth spread to. I can only hope that I can strive to be as kind, as warm, and as generous as Chris was, and keep his memory alive by working to become a better person. This music scene that we have here in Portland is bigger than just a group of people who share the same taste in music. There is real love here. Let’s all make sure we remember to acknowledge that, and let the people we care about know that we love them. As we struggle to find meaning in something that seems so meaningless, let’s use this experience to strengthen our bonds. Thanks Chris, for everything. Our lives are all better because you were in...

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Fall 2015 Preview: Shows We’re Pumped About!
Sep15

Fall 2015 Preview: Shows We’re Pumped About!

By Kara Wilbeck After what’s usually a busy outdoor music season in the PNW, fall brings us the return to the indoor venue: and lots of great live music! Here are our picks for some of the best shows this fall – be sure not to miss these! Saturday, Sept. 26: Polecat at the Goodfoot Lounge : Polecat is one of our favorite Northwest bands! With a strong base in the Americana/folk sound, they manage to take their music a lot of places, and rock the house every time! Portland guitar badass Brad Parsons and his band The Local Talent open, so get there early! 21+, $10, 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8: The New Mastersounds at the Wonder Ballroom: The New Mastersounds bring a very clean, very, VERY tight funk sound, which is impressive, considering they’re from England and not NOLA. Drawing comparisons to The Meters (among countless other legends), these guys are the real deal. 21+, $20/$22, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14: Dean Ween Group at the Wonder Ballrooom: OK, OK, we know. This show is sold out, and has been for a while. But we’re including it because of the pure awesomeness that it’s going to be, and you should try to get tickets on Craigslist. 21+, sold out, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22: Dave Rawlings Machine at the Crystal Ballroom: This epic string band features the inimitable duo of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch. You will without a doubt experience some top notch songwriting and picking at this one! All ages, $32/$35, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24: Asher Fulero Band at the Goodfoot Lounge: Local keys master Asher Fulero is everywhere. He plays with pretty much everyone, moonlights as an electronic producer, and still manages to have time for a band of his own. It’s jazzy, it’s funky, it’s rock. Pair this with another local powerhouse, Yak Attack, and you’ve got a serious show here. Probably not the best night to stay home. 21+, 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31: Fruition at Revolution Hall: These local favorites (and Willamette Week readers’ choice for best alt-country band) are going to absolutely tear up Halloween evening at Portland’s newest concert venue! Definitely, definitely come in costume – because most Fruition fans do anyway, even when it’s not Halloween! Under 21 allowed with parent or guardian, $20, 8 p.m. Thursday -Saturday, Nov. 5-7: Greensky Bluegrass 3-night run at the Wonder Ballroom: Three nights! Holy moly! The progressive bluegrass band certainly has a following here, and they always give us a good show. Or shows. You can bet your britches you won’t be disappointed, whether you come for one night or all three. 3-night passes are...

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Video Debut: Crow and the Canyon, “Golden Chains”
Oct10

Video Debut: Crow and the Canyon, “Golden Chains”

By Kara Wilbeck Photo by Little Green Eyes Media, courtesy of Crow and the Canyon Y’all like to hear about great new bands, right? Well here’s one you might want to pay attention to: Crow and the Canyon. You might not have heard of this band yet, but you probably know some of its members: Ben Larsen (guitar, mandolin, fiddle – formerly a member of Giraffe Dodgers, Twisted Whistle, Renegade String Band), Austin Quattlebaum (banjo and guitar), and relatively new Portland transplants Miles Berry (upright bass) and Leigh Jones (ukelele). With a group of musicians this seasoned, you know this band is going places. The folky, grassy group features gorgeous three-part harmonies and some great foot-stompin’ tunes, and they’ve been touring their way around the West Coast for the past few weeks. Check them out this Monday, October 13, where they’ll be headlining at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland! Here is the debut of Crow and the Canyon’s latest video, a performance of their song “Golden Chains” (written by Ben Larsen and featuring Leigh Jones’ soulful, beautiful vocals) on the balcony of the Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City, CA. Check it out! Crow and the Canyon will play at the Doug Fir Lounge on Monday, October 13. Tickets are $8 – $10 and can be purchased here....

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Preview: Leftover Salmon @ Crystal Ballroom, Oct. 10
Oct06

Preview: Leftover Salmon @ Crystal Ballroom, Oct. 10

By Kara Wilbeck Photo by Alexander Maso When a college friend first played me Little Feat’s iconic live album “Waiting for Columbus,” my first thoughts were, “Cool, that was fun!” A couple days passed… then BAM! All I wanted was to listen to “Waiting for Columbus” over and over and over again. Considering that 10 years later it’s still one of my go-to albums, my surprise obsession seems to have been a lasting one. There is really only one other album that’s done that to me, and it’s Leftover Salmon’s “Bridges to Bert.” I went from zero to I-fucking-love-Leftover-Salmon-give-me-more in a matter of days. So when Leftover Salmon recently announced the addition of Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne as a permanent member of the band (Payne had been sitting in with the band on an increasingly regular basis), you can imagine how beside myself with excitement I was – and am. This Friday, Oct. 10 Leftover Salmon will hit the stage at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, which (outdoor venues aside) is the perfect place to experience the band’s signature mix of bouncy, goofy, grassy, heartfelt and straight-up brain-bogglingly psychedelic music. If you’re already familiar with Leftover Salmon, you know that they are self-described as “polyethnic cajun slamgrass.” If you’ve never seen them before, get ready to find out why that is the only reasonable genre description for them. Leftover Salmon will play at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Friday, October 10. Kyle Hollingsworth Band opens. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9. All...

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Festival Preview: Four Peaks, June 20 – 22
Jun17

Festival Preview: Four Peaks, June 20 – 22

Don’t get us wrong- we love big music festivals- but it’s hard to deny that the community vibe at a small festival just can’t be beat! A relaxed, easy pace mixed with intimate, up-close performances from top notch musicians makes a small festival feel personal and beautiful.  As anyone who has been to Bend’s 4 Peaks Music Festival knows, this festival is the epitome of small-festival beauty. Located on a gorgeous ranch property with one of the best views in Bend (or all of Oregon, for that matter), 4 Peaks is always a great time!  This year’s festival will be held on June 20 – 22, and the lineup brings us a great mix of bands, from headliners Railroad Earth, to funk outfits Dumpstaphunk and Pimps of Joytime. Perennial favorites Poor Man’s Whiskey will rock the stage two nights in a row, and other great acts like Carolyn Wonderland, Hot Buttered Rum, the Brothers Comatose, Polecat and Moonalice will make appearances throughout the weekend. We are so excited to celebrate the summer solstice in such a beautiful setting, and we hope to see you there! Tickets can be purchased here, and cost $120 – $135. Location: Rockin’ A Ranch, 19449 Tumalo Reservoir Rd., Bend,...

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