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Portland’s musical offerings are diverse as the city itself, with options including indie rock, jazz, classical, pop and more.

Home to indie darlings and internationally acclaimed artists alike (think Pink Martini, Esperanza Spalding, The Decemberists, The Shins and Elliot Smith), Portland is a haven for music lovers. Visitors can explore the city’s dozens of live music venues or take the stage themselves at one of Portland’s many open mic nights. Read on for our guide to the city’s thriving music scene, then head to our events calendar to discover upcoming music events in Portland.

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Music Events in Portland

Portland overflows year-round with live shows, festivals and music-centered things to do.

Classical music in Portland isn’t just the classics. Classical musicians offer new and innovative works, and an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.

Live Music Venues

These five venues showcase some of the best live music in each of the city’s five quadrants.

  • Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

    A 65-foot-high “Portland” sign illuminated with 6,000 lights crowns the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Seating 2,776 it is the home base for the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and several other large performing arts groups.

  • Mississippi Studios & Bar Bar

    Located in Portland’s historic Mississippi District, Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar is an acclaimed former Baptist church turned recording studio turned music venue (and home of great burgers).

  • Wonder Ballroom

    The wooden floors and cozy quarters of this 1914 restored building offer an intimate setting for a variety of artists, ranging from metal and hardcore to indie, pop and beyond.

  • McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

    See shows of every genre at this historic venue, which boasts vaulted ceilings, grand chandeliers and a famous “floating” dance floor. Downstairs, Lola’s Room hosts smaller shows while Ringlers Pub serves McMenamins ales and pub fare.

  • Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

    East Burnside’s iconic Doug Fir is known for live shows in the lounge downstairs, hearty brunch and generous dinner plates enjoyed in the mid-century meets log-cabin dining room.

Discover a new favorite comic or musician at Portland’s free concerts and comedy nights, scattered across the city and scheduled throughout the week.

Local Musicians

Check out these up-and-coming musicians making a name for themselves in Portland.

The Portland Hip-Hop Scene

Take a deep dive into the past, present and future of the Portland hip-hop scene with our expert guide to the best rap artists, showcases, shops and more.

These hidden gems are havens for jazz, punk, bluegrass, funk and more.

Upcoming Music Picks

Día de los Muertos
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

Día de los Muertos

Join the Portland Mercado for its cultural celebration on November 2nd with local vendors, music, a community altar, and a screening of Disney’s Coco. The altar will be set up on October 31st and will stay until November 3rd. Come by and add your photos and items to the altar. On November 2nd, celebrate with…

The Storm Large Holiday Ordeal
Nov. 25–26, 2022

The Storm Large Holiday Ordeal

What better way to spend the holiday season than with Storm Large? Storm will love you, leave you, delight you and abuse you with a wicked charm and stunning vocals that will have you begging for more. Storm returns to Portland’s Aladdin with The Storm Large Holiday Ordeal, a night of music, gags, gifts and…

Portland's Singing Christmas Tree
Nov. 26–Dec. 4, 2022

Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree

Come celebrate Christmas with Portland’s favorite holiday tradition. Let the glory of Christmas come alive as the three hundred-voice choir creates a Christmas extravaganza for the whole family, featuring your favorite holiday songs, dancing Santas and a beautiful cinematic Nativity. It is an awe-inspiring presentation of the true gift of Christmas and an experience not…

Oregon Repertory Singers: Glory of Christmas
Dec. 4–11, 2022

Oregon Repertory Singers: Glory of Christmas

Oregon Repertory Singers return for Glory of Christmas with your favorite holiday works, including traditional carols and great sacred music appropriate for the season. In January, these holiday favorites will be recorded in an album for release during the 2023 Christmas season. Hear your favorites live: Morten Lauridsen’s Contre Qui Rose and Dirait-On, Stars by…

Comfort and Joy
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022

Comfort and Joy

Join the Oregon Symphony for an evening of good cheer with season classics such as “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “White Christmas,” as well as a very merry sing-along. It will be a jubilant celebration sure to put you and yours in the holiday spirit. Artists Deanna Tham, Conductor Oregon…

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

Pioneer Courthouse Square is excited to host the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition – a fun, festive, and joyful competition that will bring caroling groups to Portland’s Living Room and extend to a ten-block radius downtown. The top three caroling groups will hold a “carol-off” at the Square hosted by KGW’s Drew Carney, and the…

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus
Dec. 9–11, 2022

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents: Light the Way Home Join the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus as they ring in this festive season with an evening of choral magic. In the midst of a chaotic world, PGMC celebrates the quirky and joyous importance of those we choose to call family. Expect holiday classics, new favorites, and…

Gospel Christmas
Dec. 10–11, 2022

Gospel Christmas

Bring joy to your holiday season with the 23rd annual performance of this beloved concert, featuring the region’s premier gospel singers alongside your Oregon Symphony. Special Concert Artists Charles Floyd, Conductor Gary Louis Hemenway, Choral Director Northwest Community Gospel Chorus Oregon Symphony

Portland Folk Festival
Jan. 13–15, 2023

Portland Folk Festival

An annual celebration of folk, Americana, and roots music in Portland, Oregon, hosted by McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom. Friday Lineup: Ron Artis IIEddie BermanHillstompGlitterfoxThe June BugsJacob WestfallKaryn AnnSaturday Lineup: Fox and BonesLo SteeleAdrian + MeredithDead LeeThe Singer and The SongwriterLaryssa BirdseyeSunday Lineup: Eddie BermanChristopher Worth and David Jacobs-StrainThe HacklesFlyover StatesRedray FrazierThe AM (Acoustic Minds)Jessica ManaloLane NorbergPFF…

Music and the Machine: An Evening with YACHT
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Music and the Machine: An Evening with YACHT

PAM CUT and YACHT are teaming up for a night of film, music, and discussion. In 2019, Portland’s own YACHT broke new ground in music production with their GRAMMY-nominated seventh studio album, Chain Tripping, by collaborating with artificial intelligence. The Computer Accent (directed by Sebastian Pardo and Riel Roch-Decter) documents the writing and recording of…

Tuesday Blues Dance

Tuesday Blues Dance

N95 masks (they wrap around the back of your head) and up-to-date vaccination are required. Visit pdxblues.com for more information or to pre-register your covid card. Tuesday Blues is a POC and LGBTQIA safe(r) event. This means bigotry of any kind is not tolerated. If you experience or see anything questionable, please let someone on…

Wake Up Rounder Bluegrass Jam

Wake Up Rounder Bluegrass Jam

Open bluegrass jam every Tuesday at 7:00. All level pickers welcome. Grinners, onlookers, sinners, whooters and hollerers are welcome as well. No cover, $5 suggested donation.

Low Bar Chorale

Low Bar Chorale

You show up at a bar or music venue. You grab a drink, and within minutes you’re singing the hell out of your favorite rock song with a hundred other folks and – wait for it – a live band of nationally known musicians. In three-part harmony, no less. Wait, what just happened? Welcome to…

St. Lucia
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

St. Lucia

Hyperion is the title of St. Lucia’s third record. The process was as soul-searching as Grobler has found album writing to be – life had changed a lot. Firstly, Grobler, his wife, and bandmate Patricia Beranek found out at the end of touring the previous album Matter (2016) that they were pregnant. Patti miscarried, but…

The Dead Tongues
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

The Dead Tongues

When Ryan Gustafson finished recording Transmigration Blues, his fourth and best album under the name The Dead Tongues, in the summer of 2019, he slumped into a month-long haze of depression. For two decades, Gustafson—a preternaturally sensitive soul, interested in the mystic but grounded by his love of quiet woods and open deserts—had made many…

Twin Temple
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Twin Temple

The crossroads, the intersection, the place where the devil makes her deals; it’s there that the fusion of two seemingly divergent forms of magic can erupt into the genesis of something never before witnessed, and it was there that TWIN TEMPLE cast a spell that unleashed a fascinating sonic creature from the depths. Founded in…

Pop-Up Magazine
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Pop-Up Magazine

POP-UP MAGAZINE: THE FALL ISSUE An unforgettable live multimedia experience. “Sweeping the nation with live performances of human interest stories…like an emotionally intellectual rock concert.”—Playbill Pop-Up Magazine is the acclaimed live magazine show, a multimedia storytelling spectacle performed onstage for tens of thousands of people at grand, historic venues across North America. Pop-Up Magazine features…

C-Kan, MC Davo, Dharius
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

C-Kan, MC Davo, Dharius

José Luis Maldonado Ramos, better known by his stage name C-Kan, is a Mexican Rapper, singer and songwriter signed to Mastered Trax in 2012. He became popular in 2012 through his success on social networks, with his demo “Voy Por El Sueño De Muchos” “Classification C, Vol. 1”. David Sierra Treviño, better known by his…

Tommy Cash
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Tommy Cash

Born in ’91, in the last year of the Soviet Union, Tommy Cash experienced a blend of the Baltic ghetto and the lingering Russian heritage while growing up. Turning to art for self-expression, he experimented with dancing, hip-hop and street art, finally arriving at his latest conquest – music. His creativity derives from the cultural…

Crooked Colours
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Crooked Colours

Balance leads to bliss. Extracting harmony from the union of seemingly disparate elements, Crooked Colours exist at an elusive crossroads between delicate acoustic instrumentation, evocative vocals, and dancefloor-ready synth transmissions. The Australian trio—Phil Slabber [vocals, guitar, production], Leon Debaughn [keys, production], and Liam Merrett-Park [drums]—could just as easily soothe a quaint coffeehouse or a chaotic…

Bearcubs
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Bearcubs

A meticulously skillful producer with a sound underpinned by warm textured synths, soulful feather-light vocals and addictive sound design elements, Bearcubs has created his own fiercely independent path. After a string of singles and two highly-acclaimed EPs which earned him recognition from The Fader, Mixmag, Noisey and respected tastemakers such as Annie Mac and Zane…

Shadowgraphs
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Shadowgraphs

Equally inspired by classic psychedelic pop and modern indie rock, the new album finds the band branching out and incorporating shoegaze, post-punk, and dream pop influences into their sound. The resulting album calls to mind the effervescent melodies of labelmates Sugar Candy Mountain, the ghostly atmosphere of Papercuts, and the twisted pop sensibilities of Chris…

The Juicy Jam!

The Juicy Jam!

The Juicy Jam’s only goal is to jam, and The Juicy Jam’s only rule is no covers. Instrumentalists can blast off on space jams and be the backing band to songwriters from all over the place. Songwriters can find their band and explore new material in an environment that’s soaking wet with excitement. Parker’s Hideout…

The Nitemare B4 Xmas
Oct. 27–30, 2022

The Nitemare B4 Xmas

Portland’s legendary performance troupe, The Saloon Ensemble, will once again bring to the stage a live performance of the brilliant Danny Elfman score complete with interactive SING-A-LONGS, a COSTUME CONTEST, everyone’s favorite SCREAMING CONTEST and many other ‘horrible’ surprises. Celebrate the Halloween season with our annual production that’s been packing houses and delivering joyous fun…

Brent Follis Trio| Some of my best friends are... pianists
Oct. 6–27, 2022

Brent Follis Trio| Some of my best friends are… pianists

The series entitled “Some of my best friends are…pianists” is hosted by the Brent Follis Trio. Each week highlights the drummer’s close musical friendships with local piano legends, including the Grammy-nominated Randy Porter, a 40-year veteran of Diana Ross’ band, George Mitchell, local smooth jazz icon and prolific recording artist Tom Grant, and NYC transplant…

Little Shop of Horrors
Oct. 7–30, 2022

Little Shop of Horrors

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world….

Bill and the Belles
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Bill and the Belles

Happy Again isn’t exactly happy. But the delightfully deadpan new album from roots mainstays Bill and the Belles is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss. Happy Again marks a new chapter for the group by featuring all original music penned by founding member Kris Truelsen. Over eleven tracks the group…

Karol G
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Karol G

Colombian superstar Karol G is coming to Portland for her brand new $trip Love Tour. Carolina Giraldo Navarro, known professionally as Karol G, is a Colombian singer. She is predominantly described as a reggaeton and Latin trap artist but has experimented with a variety of other genres including reggae and sertaneja. She is also noted…

Leonid & Friends - A Tribute to the Music of Chicago
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Leonid & Friends – A Tribute to the Music of Chicago

In just three short years, Moscow-based Leonid & Friends have blown the minds of legions of fans with their uncanny ability to capture the spirit, musicality and fire of American supergroup Chicago. Leonid Vorobyev’s goal was a studio project in dedication to Chicago under the motto “musicians for musicians.” Their first video went viral, but…

Whitmer Thomas
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Whitmer Thomas

When asked to describe himself, Whitmer Thomas—comic, musician, skateboarder, infamous Blink182 stan—will tell you, “I’m always gonna be the one whose mom called him ‘the Golden One,’ right before she died.” This is where his debut HBO comedy special, The Golden One, finds Whitmer: age thirty, investigating this sense (curse?) of destiny-as-identity. It’s been thirteen…

Gayle
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Gayle

Taylor Gayle Rutherfurd, better known by her mononym Gayle, is an American pop singer. After signing with Atlantic Records, she released her hit single “ABCDEFU” in 2021, which has charted worldwide, including reaching number one in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Freaky Deaky Portland
Oct. 28–29, 2022

Freaky Deaky Portland

Disco Donnie and Red Cube Presents: FREAKY DEAKY 2022 at the Portland Expo Center Featuring: SVDDEN DEATH, CLOZEE, LSDream, Riot Ten, Mersiv, Kaivon, Ravenscoon, Level Up, Zingara, and Kumarion Doors Open at 6 PM both days 18+ Event | 21+ To Drink

Chasing Ebenezer with special guest, Chris Baron
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Chasing Ebenezer with special guest, Chris Baron

Chasing Ebenezer is taking the Al’s Den Stage with Chris Baron 21+ show Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Halloween Costumes are encouraged. About Chasing Ebenezer: Chasing Ebenezer is a world folk-rock band based in Portland, Oregon. With influences from Celtic, African, and Middle Eastern music, their songs make it hard for audiences to sit still….

The Queen's Keys

The Queen’s Keys

Drag artists Saint Syndrome and Nicole Onoscopi bring you live vocals and piano, mixed with comedy and storytelling. A perfect event for date night or a family night out. (All ages are welcome.)

Blair Borax / Hayley Lynn
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Blair Borax / Hayley Lynn

Blair Borax Blair Borax is a Portland-based singer-songwriter who writes lyrically-driven dreamy folk-pop songs to process big feelings, make sense of this strange and beautiful human experience, heal from her hurts, and keep moving forward. After releasing her debut 5-song EP called ‘everything is light work’ in May 2021, Blair Borax plans to release her…

Jessie Reyez
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Jessie Reyez

Jessie Reyez – The Yessie Tour Jessie Reyez’s unique take on contemporary R&B is accented with pop and hip-hop influences, reinforced by a vocal style that merges the passionate with the stylishly theatrical. The singer/songwriter achieved fame with the cathartic breakup ballad “Figures” (2016), a multi-platinum hit in her native Canada that also led to…

'90s Halloween Costume Glow Ball
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

’90s Halloween Costume Glow Ball

’90s Night is throwing a Halloween bash. The Crystal Ballroom be playing all your favorite 90s music videos on the giant screen. Feel free to wear your favorite Halloween costume. Everyone will receive glow necklaces at the door. Help light up the Ballroom with the biggest 90s party of the year. Featuring music by Nirvana,…

The Chills
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

The Chills

2022 Scatterbrain Storms Tour Formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1980, The Chills gained deserved acclaim for their early singles, including Pink Frost, I Love My Leather Jacket and Wet Blanket, released by legendary New Zealand indie label Flying Nun. The songwriting skills, vision and determination of front-man Martin Phillipps provide continuity in The Chills…

October Moon Festival and Youth Dance Battle
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

October Moon Festival and Youth Dance Battle

October Moon Festival and Youth Battle. Join in on Saturday, Oct 29th, from 1-6 PM for this incredible outside event at ENCORE. Admission: $5 at the door Public Event Cash Prizes Battle Entry FREE with Admission Admission Includes:Carnival GamesCostume ContestFace PaintingSelfie StationMusicDJ and DancingYouth Dance Battle with Prizes and Entertainment Questions? Email: info@encorepacnw.com Call or…

Irish Rambling House: An Evening of Music, Song, & Dance
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Irish Rambling House: An Evening of Music, Song, & Dance

An evening of community dancing, singing and music-making in the Irish tradition, known as a “Rambling House,” is returning to the Portland community after a two-year hiatus. An afternoon of Irish cultural events, including singing circles, music sessions, dance/music workshops, and a potluck supper culminating in an old-fashioned dance party called a Céilí Mór with…

Sideboob
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Sideboob

Returning for their yearly Halloween dance party, Sideboob is an all-femme 90’s pop cover super band led by Shook Twins. It was formed from all the ladies of Northwest String Summit and is a celebration of the babes of the northwest music scene. This Halloween, we will again be dawned in our most 90’s sparkly…

Coelho Winery Free Live Music Series

Coelho Winery Free Live Music Series

Coelho Winery is partnering with Fred’s Bistro and The Common Cup to bring you live music on the last Saturday of every month, May through October. Bring your friends, drink delicious wine, eat great food and listen to outstanding music. Treat yourself to a savory creation of sweet and savory waffles fondue from The Common…

Miz Kitty's Parlour Vaudeville Variety Show
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Miz Kitty’s Parlour Vaudeville Variety Show

Miz Kitty’s Parlour Vaudeville Variety Show ~ 21st YEAR CELEBRATION ~ Halloween Fall Flight of Fancy. Meow Meow Kittens~ Miz Kitty has missed seeing you and is ready to romp and play. Join in for the 21st SEASON KICKOFF. Thrilling Portland audiences and ourselves for over 20 years. Dress up and get festive~ Costumes are…

Sombras y Sueños | Shadows and Dreams
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Sombras y Sueños | Shadows and Dreams

In Mulieribus offers a rare opportunity to experience the fascinating sounds of early and contemporary music of Latin America composed for women’s voices. The program includes villancicos by 17th century Mexican composers Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Juan García de Zéspedes, and Juan de Lienas; works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Pablo Casals; and Einojuhani…

Hocus Pocus in Concert
Oct. 29–30, 2022

Hocus Pocus in Concert

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy star as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. Filled with bewitching laughs and magic, this hilarious film is perfect for the entire family. ARTISTS TBA, Conductor Oregon Symphony

'80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

’80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party

The 80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party is ready to haunt Revolution Hall! #80sVDA in the main hall features all your favorite 80s videos (including plenty of Halloween-themed videos).#NewWaveVDA in the Assembly Lounge features the videos that made MTV’s 120 Minutes great, featuring artists like The Cure, Adam Ant, The Smiths, Siouxie & The Banshees…

Darlingside
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Darlingside

Suppose Darlingside’s first album, Birds Say (2015), focused on the past through nostalgia, and their second, Extralife (2018), contemplated uncertain futures. In that case, Fish Pond Fish stands firmly in the present, looking at what’s here, now. Dave Senft (bass), Don Mitchell (guitar, banjo), Auyon Mukharji (violin, mandolin), and Harris Paseltiner (cello, guitar) have created…

Glaive
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Glaive

North Carolina-based artist glaive makes wistful, confessional songs combining influences like Midwestern emo, trap, pop, and EDM. While the upbeat melodies and genre fluidity of releases such as 2020’s Cypress Grove and 2021’s All Dogs Go to Heaven have caused listeners to lump glaive in with the hyper pop scene, his music sidesteps the irony…

Highway To Hell-o-ween IV
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Highway To Hell-o-ween IV

105.9 The Brew presents Highway To Hell-o-ween IV Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC tribute band is Portland’s “balls-to-the-wall” tribute to the Australian legends, bringing the anthemic riffs, shouts, and antics to the stage with pure passion. Hail hail to the good times, ‘cause rock has got the right of way when Shoot To Thrill grabs…

Lee Fields
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Lee Fields

Lee Fields is arguably the greatest soul singer alive today. In an age when the shelf life of an artist largely depends on posturing and trends, he has proven to be an unassailable force of nature. His prolific, decade-spanning career continues to reign supreme on the modern soul scene. In addition to twenty albums and…

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