This Weekend in Portland: 5.15-17

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.

Friday – WWeek’s Best New Band Showcase Featuring Divers, The Domestics, and Máscaras – Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm, 21+, Free, (link)

There was a lot of murmuring around Portland following the announcement of Willamette Week’s list of top-10 Best New Bands in 2015. And while some of the claims are valid (there is only one female represented in the entire list of bands – Lisa Adams of Sama Dams), these lists aren’t meant to please all, and they’re certainly not made to be fair to any particular gender, ethnicity, genre, etc. They’re merely a polling of local music insiders current favorite bands (who have not made the list in the past), and to be honest, all the bands on the list are highly deserving of the praise. Celebrating this year’s top 3 BNB winners, this Friday night Mississippi studios will host Divers, The Domestics and Máscaras. All three bands are worthy of seeing on their own, and being a free show, this is likely to hit capacity before even starting.

Saturday – Copy (Album Release), Phone Call, Natural Magic at Mississippi Studios – 10:30pm, 21+, $8, (link)
Saturday night at Mississippi Studios, Portland’s cultishly good electronic dance music producer, Copy, (Marius Libman, also of Sun Angle and XRAY.FM’s Heavy Breather radio program) will release a fourth album, Chalice Agenda, out on Audio Dregs Records. Opening up the night of drug and electronic music induced frenzied dancing, Natural Magic and Phone Call (former members of Strength) will help bring on your buzz right, slow and sexy.

Saturday – Music in the Schools: Battle of the Bands at Holocene – 8pm, all ages, $7 or $5 for students, (link)

Young dudes and dudets need to party too. In celebration of Portland’s up-and-coming shredders, Holocene is hosting a battle of the bands featuring local high school musicians and judged by music industry insiders. This is an annual fundraising event for the Portland high school student-run non profit Music in the Schools, and all proceeds go to supplementing funding for PPS music programs.
Sunday – Luz Elena Mendoza and Skinwalker/Whales Whailing at Rontoms – 8:30pm, 21+, free, (link)

Sunday’s are meant to be for relaxing. To that end, the lineup for this weekend’s Rontom’s Sunday Session will help listeners reach new levels of climactic zen. The dreamy Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba and Tiburones plays eerie folk music with high range vocal melodies and jaw-dropping timbre. Support for the night by ambient garage rock duo Skinwalker, perhaps in collaboration with drummer/vocalist Peter Ryan’s other project Whales Whailing.

All Weekend – University of Oregon’s MFA 2015 Thesis Exhibition at Disjecta – Noon to 5pm, all ages, free, (link)

No you don’t have to go through school to become an esteemed artist, or anything else for that matter, however institutional training certainly can help in the development of rising new game-changers. If you’re curious as to what some truly modern art is shaping into, all weekend, Disjecta is hosting a gallery of University of Oregon’s Master of Fine Arts thesis projects. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.