This Weekend in Portland: 7.3-5
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 – Houndstooth, Bed. and Savila at Mississippi Studios – 9pm, 21+, $8 adv $10 dos, (link)
Portland’s She Shreds Magazine is the world’s only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. Celebrating the release of their eighth print issue this Friday night at Mississippi Studios, She Shreds has curated an evening of some of the city’s best up and coming, female-representing, indie rock acts including Houndstooth, Bed. and Savila, a new cumbia inspired ambient psych trio featuring members of La Luz.
Judging from this weekend’s picks, it’s pretty obvious that we have a great weekend for music on our hands. As a matter of fact the tunes are so great this weekend, that on Saturday, they’re starting up at noon. That means that, if you choose to do so, you’ll get to spend basically the entirety of America’s birthday watching/listening to live music — sounds good to me. After you sleep off your Friday night festivities, head down to Bunk Bar on Water Ave, to check their 4th of July Beach Party. There’ll be beer, BBQ, sandwiches, ice cream, kiddie pools, TWO stages and an all-day stacked bill including Walter TV, Still Caves, Cat Hoch, Talkative, Cambrian Explosion, Psychomagic, Fog Father and Charts. It’ll be all the fun of a 4th of July at the beach minus all the annoying sand.
Portland’s 60’s psychedelic pop renaissance man, Joel Magid, will release his sophomore album Pyramids this Saturday night at Mississippi Studios. Although that genre description might get tossed around loosely these days, Magid adds a unique style to the city’s current musical landscape, playing a cooled down melody-driven folk inspired blend of psych reminiscent to the Kingsmen or the Kinks. Support by Minden and the Domestics make this a no brainer for $5 while all the other knuckleheads are out cheering for America.
Columbus was an oppressive jerk, and American pride is seemingly becoming a thing of the past. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still get to use the “Independence Day” holiday each fourth day of July as an excuse to party excessively and flaunt unapologetically the true assholes we really are. To that end, there’s no better way to cap off a night of partying in the name of the US of A than with a shit ton of illegal explosives. Portland’s two official big ass firework shows take place at Saturday night at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park following the Blues Festival at 10:10pm (watch for free from the Burnside, Morrison, and Hawthorne bridges, Mt. Tabor, or any SW waterfront area high rise with roof access) and Oaks Bottom Park “at dusk” (watch for free from the Ross Island or Sellwood bridges, or Sellwood Park).
Sunday – And And And, Woolen Men, No Lala at Rontoms – 9pm, 21+, free, (link)
Once again, Rontoms helps us end the weekend right. It’s three bands you know and love, and it’s a free show. Will it be hot on the patio? Most likely. You should still come, though. You can always spend your time oscillating between the AC of the bar inside and the sweet tunes outside. It’ll be a good time, guaranteed.