This Weekend in Portland: 7.10-12
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 – The Portland Project Opening Reception at One Grand Gallery – 7-10pm, All Ages, (link)
While the infamously tacky retro carpeting of the PDX airport has been replaced with a similarly outdated yet less appealing print, the old and overly-instagrammed carpet will live on forever thanks to the Portland Project. Throughout the month of July get nostalgic at One Grand Gallery on SE 10th and Burnside where where the work of 20 artists will showcase various interpretations of what the iconic carpet means to them – from the feeling of departing on a journey, to arriving back home, and everything in between.
Saturday – Lagerfest at White Owl Social Club – 2-10pm, 21+, $10, (link)
There never really needs to be a good reason to put on your schwasty pants and get drunk. But when doing so benefits something amazing, like this Saturday’s Lagerfest at White Owl Social Club in which proceeds go to Portland’s newest and best radio station XRAY.FM, then bottoms up, baby! Entry is $10 and comes with 5 drink tickets, but don’t worry you can get six more drink tickets for only $10 more. With 54 different breweries on tap pouring their distinct takes on the traditional lager, you’ll have your work cut out for you if you want to try them all.
Saturday – HOT MASS with Sun Angle, Phone Call, and Lost Cities at Church – 6-10pm, $5, (link)
There is a lot happening this Saturday, but you’d have to be a dummy to pass up on HOT MASS taking place early evening in the parking lot behind Church bar. Super rad, funny-fucker, old-guy spastic psych rock ‘n’ rollers Sun Angle headline the evening in their second to last show ever (or at least until Papi comes back from Germany next year and they have more reunion shows). Playing support is the sexy and funny white-boy r&b duo Phone Call, which is the newest moniker for Bailey Winters and Johnny Zeigler who were formerly known as Strength.
Saturday – Mississippi Street Fair – 10am-9pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
Like your parents and significant other’s birthdays, the Mississippi Street Fair is another one of those things you just don’t miss each year, unless you’re perfectly happy being a disappointment. The MSF provides one of the few great opportunities for folks of all ages to check out Portland’s amazing and eclectic mix of musical offerings, with over 40 bands (including Grandparents, Luz Elena Mendoza, Thanks, Genders, and many more) performing on 6 different stages. The all day event also showcases a diversity of the city’s DIY goods creators with over 200 vendors spread out up and down Mississippi Ave.
Sunday – Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Quarto Negro, and Minden at Rontoms – 8:30pm, 21+, Free, (link)
If I had a dollar for every show played by Portland’s prolific David “Papi” Fimbres (yes, this is his second show that made our staff picks this weekend) in just the last year, it still wouldn’t quite cover my rent in this God forsaken town, but I’d at the very least have my bar tab covered for a month. Headlining this week’s Rontom’s Sunday session, Papi’s ripper cumbia dance party band Orquestra Pacifico Tropical will undoubtedly inspire some serious boogie on the back patio dance floor. Bringing their piano-balladic orchestral blend of psych all the way from Brazil, Quarto Negro play support for the night along with local sexy pop maniacs Minden.