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High Notes: The Best Live Music in Portland This Week, July 14-19

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Weirdos courtesy of Moloichphotos.com (image cropped)

So much quality rock, so little time. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, choose wisely, and dress to impress, because the stars are coming out this week! 

Adolescents, Weirdos

July 14 @ 9pm

Anyone with even a passing interest in old-school SoCal punk should be front and center for this one. Adolescents have been thrashing about since 1980 and are responsible for several indispensible anthems including “Kids of the Black Hole,” a portrait of teenage aimlessness and ennui rendered in bold strokes. 

Of the Hollywood-based Weirdos, writer Pleasant Gehman notes, “The Weirdos were thousands of disparate splinters of pop culture that somehow meshed into an amazing band. They were Screaming Lord Sutch. Mad Magazine, the Manson Family, the Rolling Stones, Pop Tarts and Space Food Stix, Twiggy, the Brady Bunch and Charlie's Angels, Jimmy Carter, Andy Warhol and Son of Sam, wrapped up in a messy Day-Glo package...”

$17. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. 

Ray Davies Day

July 15 @ 8pm

Established three years ago in a savvy political move by then-Mayor Sam Adams, this annual celebration of Davies and the music of the Kinks is a much-anticipated event circled on the calendar of young and old alike. This year, Welfare State, Michael Maker and the Complaint Department, the Minders, Slutty Hearts, Hauer Things, and an all-star ensemble called the Thin Line Livers (members of Sunset Valley, Heatmiser, and Swoon 23), will put forth their finest interpretations from the Kinks catalogue, in a benefit for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.  

$8. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 

Project Pabst

July 17-19 

Buckle up for three days of high-caliber rock shows in a variety of settings, from the open-air Zidell Yards to several prominent Portland clubs. There are no lightweights in this lineup, with Weezer, Run the Jewels, Buzzcocks, Blondie, TV on the Radio, and Thee Oh Sees, supplying the marquee value, while local groups Wampire, Hustle and Drone, and Wild Ones will appear in supporting roles. Sadly, it appears the club shows with Roky Erickson (Saturday at Star Theater) and the Mummies (Sunday at Dante’s) are already sold-out.

Various venues

Shannon & the Clams by Nadia Lee Cohen

Shannon and the Clams

July 17 @ 9pm

This freewheeling Oakland trio is the musical equivalent of a “graveyard,” the name given to a carefree mixture of soda flavors dispensed in equal measure from a self-serve machine. The results seem at once dangerously unnatural and eerily familiar, as Coke, orange, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper are forced to coexist in the confines of a single cup. Shannon and the Clams deliver several heady dollops of girl-group heartache, rockabilly swagger, ’50s doo-wop balladry, and garage-sale guitar primitivism into a 64-ounce gulp that tastes like a delicious dream and well worth a dentist’s scolding. 

$12-14. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 

Graham Nash

July 18 @ 8pm

Often unfairly pegged as the lightweight by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young snobs, Graham Nash was already an international rock star with the Hollies—a band that had far more hits than Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds combined—long before he ever bumped into those bloody Yank hippies in the latter part of the 1960s. With half a century of songs to draw from, Nash will tiptoe through the times, from early British Invasion pop to Summer of Love sentimentality to Save the Whales/No Nukes idealism.  

$56. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. 

John Chandler has been writing about rock and/or roll for 25 years with The Rocket, Portland Tribune, Portland Monthly, Magnet, Dagger, No Depression, and Puncture. He also writes about beer, booze, and bars for Portland's BarFly website and plays in a couple goofy bands when the mood strikes him. He can most often be found at the wheel of horrificflicks.com, a review website dedicated to horror movies.


Related Slideshow: The Top Fairs and Festivals To Check Out This Summer

The Portland area has some of the top fairs and festivals around. Make the most of your summer and check a few of them out!

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The Oregon Country Fair

The Oregon Country Fair is always one of the most exciting events of the summer! This 3-day festival will be offering plenty of entertainment, hand-made crafts and delicious food. If you choose to attend don't be surprised if you run into a few people who dcide that clothes aren't necessary.

24550 Chickadee Ln, Elmira., 11am-7pm Fri-Sun. July 10th-12th. Tickets $23-$59. For more information click HERE.

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The Mississippi Street Fair

This year’s Mississippi Street Fair will be a can’t-miss event. There will be around 200 vendors, over 40 bands and 6 new stages just to name a few attractions. The legendary Grandfather’s Rib Off Competition will also be taking place, so make sure your recipes have been perfected.

N. Mississippi Ave from N. Fremont to N. Skidmore, Portland., 10am-9pm Sat. July 11th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Mississippi Street Fair Facebook page (image cropped).

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Puckerfest, now in its 5th year, is arguably one of the most popular festivals during the month of July. Beer lovers who attend this event will have the opportunity to sample various beers that rotate on tap daily. As of now there is a rotating cast of 12-14 beers. “Meet The Brewer” nights will be held, once again, that will allow brewers from around the region to tell some of their stories.

Bottle Shop & Biercafe, 4500 Stark St, Portland., Times vary. July 14th-20th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE

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Sea Dogs Night And Gypsy Carnival

Sail away from your old life for a couple of days and attend the Sea Dogs Nights and Gypsy Carnival. Make sure to come dressed in your best pirate or gypsy costume because there will be contests for best dressed. Throughout the weekend there will be parties, performances, games and workshops for guests to enjoy. Hoist the colors and make sail for Lebanon, Oregon!

Cheadle Lake Park, 37995 Weirich Dr, Lebanon., July 16th-20th. Tickets $20 for adults, $8 for children. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Sea Dogs and Gypsy Carnival Facebook page (image cropped).

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Oregon Berry Festival

Some of the ripest and juiciest berries in Oregon can be found at the Oregon Berry Festival. These berries are perfect for jams, pies and other delicious treats. Throughout this berry-filled weekend there will be also be food vendors, cooking demonstrations and berry themed crafts. This festival will be berry fun for the whole family!

Ecotrust Event Space, NW 10th and Johnson., 12pm-6pm Fri. July 17th. 11am-5pm Sat. July 18th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

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Sherwood Robin Hood Festival

One of the oldest and most unique festivals in Oregon will be returning to Sherwood in mid-July. The Sherwood Robin Hood Festival is expected to attract more than 20,000 people this year. This festival features food vendors, parades, castle building contests and live music. Don’t forget to work on your archery skills before the festival begins because the Archery Tournament will surely bring in some of the best archers in all the land.

Old Town Sherwood, 22560 SW Pine St, Sherwood., Times vary. July 17th-19th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Facebook page (image cropped).

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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

Why not spend an afternoon in one of the most scenic parks in all of Portland while listening to jazz music? The longest running free jazz festival west of the Mississippi will be returning to the Rose City. The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival will feature artists such as The Kung Pao Chickens, Todd Bishop Group, Blueprints Trio and much more.

Cathedral Park Place, 6635 N. Baltimore (under the St. John’s Bridge)., July 17th-19th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Facebook page (image cropped). 

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Gresham Arts Festival

This family friendly event will be held in Downtown Gresham on July 18th. At this festival there will be around 140 immensely talented artisans that will be selling some of their work. Art for sale will include pottery, photography, beadwork, watercolors, textiles, glass, wood, oil paintings, garden art, recycled art, and plenty more.

Downtown Gresham, 9am-5pm Sat. July 18th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Gresham Arts Festival Facebook page (image cropped).

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Oregon Brewers Festival

Come out to one of the nation’s longest running craft beer festivals later this month. At the Oregon Brewers Festival guests will have the opportunity to sample award winning beer, as well as learn about various craft beers from around the country. If you enjoy craft beer then this festival is perfect for you!

Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito Pkwy, Portland., 12pm-9pm Wed-Sat. July 22nd-25th. 12pm-7pm Sun. July 26th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

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Northwest World Reggae Festival

The Northwest World Reggae Festival is where live music, world crafts and organic food all come together. At this year’s festival there will be performances by artists such as The Mighty Diamonds, The Melodians and Monty Morris. Also, by attending this festival you are helping the environment because a tree will be planted for every hard ticket they sell. You have no reason not to go!

Thomas Creek, 14 miles East of Albany., July 24th-26th. Tickets $10-$100. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Northwest World Reggae Festival facebook page (image cropped).

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Celebrate Beaverton Cultural Festival

This free festival will be a family friendly event that will highlight the diversity of the city of Beaverton. There will be music, dancing, art and so much more. Last year around 9,000 people attended this festival, and the expectation is that they’ll have the same number of attendees this year.  

Howard M Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton., 11am-5pm Sat. July 25th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Celebrate Beaverton Cultural Festival Facebook page (image cropped).

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Division/Clinton Street Fair

The Division/Clinton Street Fair is only a few weeks away! If you’re a vendor and would like to be at this event applications are still being accepted. As of now there will be sidewalk sales, parades and great local music. What else could you ask for?

Along SE Division & SE 26th & Clinton, Portland., 10am-5pm Sat. July 25th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Division/Clinton Street Fair Facebook page (image cropped).

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Tualatin Crawfish Festival

This marks the 65th year of the Tualatin Crawfish Festival. Fortunately for avid seafood fans the popular Crawfish Eating Contest will also be returning. Contestants will have 15 minutes to eat as many crawfish as they possibly can. The record was set back in 1970 with 170 crawfish. Prove to the city of Tualatin that you can beak that record! 

Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, Fri-Sat. July 31st-August 1st. Tualatin Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Rd, Tualatin, Sun-Mon. August 2nd-3rd. Tickets $4 for adults, $2 for children. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Tualatin Crawfish Festival Facebook page (image cropped).

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Fremont Fest

The 29th annual Fremont Fest will be returning this August. There’s guaranteed to be a kid’s bike and pet parade, a marching band, live music, food and plenty of shopping. If you’d like to come out and celebrate the Beaumont Business Community and the Beaumont/Wilshire Neighborhood then we’ll see you there!

NE Fremont St, Portland., 10am-5pm Sat. August 1st. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo viaFremont Fest Facebook page (image cropped).

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Hawthorne Street Fair

Come out and visit Portland’s original “shop local” district at the Hawthorne Street Fair. There’s going to be hundreds of businesses represented that are all dedicated to community involvement. Some highlights of the festival will include beer gardens, vendors, muse art activities, live music and much more.

SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland., 11am-7pm Sun. August 16th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Hawthorne Street Fair Facebook page (image cropped).

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The Belmont Street Fair

The Belmont Street Fair is a ways away, but it’s never too early to start preparing. As of April 1st vendor applications have been made available to the public. In addition, volunteers are also needed for this event to be successful. If one thing’s for sure it’s that this street fair will make you realize how special the Belmont community truly is.

Location and Times TBD. Sat. September 12th. This is a free event. For more information click HERE.

Photo via Blemont Street Fair Facebook page (image cropped).


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