I am still in total love with how affordable concerts are here. There are so many small concert venues, it’s unbelievable. In fact, Portland is now officially the music capital of the USA, dropping Austin, Texas to #2. Each Wednesday, the local “alternative” newspaper Willamette Week publishes its free weekly issue with all the types of stories locals care about…plus pages and pages and pages of things to do in PDX in the next week. Several of those pages are dedicated to upcoming music.
I have been to several shows at the Crystal Ballroom, one at the Doug Fir Lounge, and have some coming up at Mississippi Studios, Roseland Theater, Aladdin Theater, and Wonder Ballroom. Here are some of the shows I plan to attend in the next month or so – almost all significantly cheaper and much easier to come by than shows in L.A. (plus links so you can watch and listen.)
3/28 London Grammar (postponed by illness and hopefully rescheduled) Live On Kimmel
4/10 Chvrches (2nd time seeing them) Live at SxSW 2013
4/12 The Colourist Live at Wilcox Sessions
4/23 The 1975 Live on Conan O’Brien
5/9 Sarah Jarosz Live on Conan O’Brien
5/11 Broods Live at WFUV
5/15 Gardens and Villa Live at KJEE
5/30 The Decemberists Live at Austin City Limits
6/10 Meiko Live at Guitar Center Sessions
I think the total cost on all of those is about $130, including the Decemberists concert which is $50 and includes a donation to a local autism-focused private school.
That’s about it for now. Along with a scavenger hunt, and a few beer festivals. There’s lots to do in Portland!