This Weekend in Portland: 6.12-14
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 – Ghost Frog (album release), Coma Serfs, and Arlo Indigo at Pals Clubhouse – 8:30-11pm, all ages, free, (link)
Say what you will about Portland being over-populated by garage/grunge/psych/punk bands. That shit is our bread and butter. It always has been (at least since the 60’s), and it always will be (I fucking hope). One of the newest additions to our city’s fine melting pot of overdriven guitar-centric rock, Ghost Frog are set to self-release their debut album, Lazer Tag, Friday night at Pals Clubhouse with support from Coma Serfs and Arlo Indigo. This will also serve as the first summer show at the beloved DIY music/hippy landmark that is Pals Clubhouse. Shows here won’t last forever, so enjoy them while you can – especially when the weather is as perfect as it currently is for backyard shows.
Friday – Is/Is (tour kickoff), Charms, and Talkative at The Know – 8pm, 21+, $6, (link)
Friday night’s show at The Know will kick-off a two week West Coast tour for Portland’s fantastic all-female witchgaze psych trio Is/Is, so it’ll be your last chance to catch them for a little bit. Accompanying them is Seattle’s Charms and Portland party psych favorites Talkative. This will be a night full of loud, high-energy sets. Shows end by 11pm at The Know so show up early and don’t forget your earplugs.
Friday – Hart & Hare (single release), Curious Quail, and The Late Great at Kelly’s Olympian – 9pm, 21+, $5, (link)
Celebrating the premiere of a brand new single, “Enough,” and accompanying video from a forthcoming album, Hart & Hare bring their endearing melancholic pop to Kelly’s Olympian this Friday night. Locals The late Great open the night with their mystical forest pop, and headlining the night, Curious Quail, are bound to bring some ‘serious wail’ with their indie pop all the way from San Jose, California.
Saturday – Máscaras and Bearcubbin at Bunk Bar – 9pm, 21+, $8, (link)
With notoriously explosive live performances, Máscaras’ blend of Cumbia infused surf psych quickly grooved it’s way into Portland hearts, earning the instrumental trio a No. 3 slot in Willamette Week’s Best New Band series this year. And now with the release of their debut album Máscara vs. Máscara, available on CD and Tape this Saturday night, fans will have something to sink their ears into while the band is on hiatus as drummer Papi Fimbres takes a year in Berlin. Stream their single “Animal Prince” before the album is released.
Saturday and Sunday – Gods and Heroes Masterpiece Gallery Opening at Portland Art Museum – 10am-5pm, $15, (link)
This weekend brings us the opening of the Gods and Heroes exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. On display through September 13th, this is a truly historic collection of work dating from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century. The pieces generally revolve around the epic themes of courage, sacrifice, and death, all constructed in rich, realist detail.
All Weekend – Portland Fruit Beer Festival – 21+, $20, (link)
Fruit beers have a tendency to be pretty delicious, and on a weekend in the middle of June, well, that’s when they tend to reach peak deliciousness. After all, there’s nothing better than a refreshing brew on a hot, summer day. Your $20 pass gets you 12 drink tickets and a Portland Fruit Beer Fest glass — a pretty good deal. Don’t like beer? No problem! There’ll be a variety of ciders to taste as well. And on top of all that, there’s a homebrew competition. Sounds like a good time.