This Weekend in Portland: 7.17-19
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.
The Domestics Album Release and Listening Party with Boone Howard at Tender Loving Empire – 5:30pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
Last year, The Domestics independently released a record that was so good, TLE decided they’d give it a proper release this summer. That’s right… a record so nice, they released it twice. And in the spirit of doubling up, at 5:30 you’ll be able to heard the record as part of the listening party, followed later by a live performance from The Domestics. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see The Domestics, this is a good a chance as any (and honestly, if you haven’t seen them, where have you been? They’ve been busy as fuck this year). Going on right before them will be Boone Howard (former The We Shared Milk frontman), whose new project is quite a treat and features a handful of talented musicians you may know from various other acts. You could call it a “super group”… as a matter of fact, I just did.
Portland’s Not Dead: Houndstooth, Woolen Men, Spookies, White Glove and Nick Delfs at the Spare Room – 8:30pm, 21+, $8, (link)
Contrary to popular belief, Portland isn’t dead. Dying? Maybe. (But aren’t we all?) Regardless, the Spare Room will play host to five killer acts, for a paltry eight bucks, which will definitely be well worth your while. A great chance to catch Houndstooth before they head off to Europe in September and perhaps hear some new tunes from the Woolen Men (whose new record is also coming in September). Last time I saw Spookies, they were wearing costumes — not saying it’ll happen again, just saying it happened once. Either way, I’m not exactly sure what the Spare Room’s capacity is, but one thing is for sure: fire marshals, stay away, this show isn’t for you.
Jim Gaffigan at Arlene Schnitzer Hall – 7pm and 9:30pm, All Ages, $46-72, (link)
If you’ve got deep pockets and a love for a big man who tells funny jokes and kind of looks like a baby, then you should probably shell out the ~$50 to go see Jim Gaffigan this weekend. He has a new show, aptly titled The Jim Gaffigan Show, that is a few episodes in, and while I haven’t seen any of those episodes, I watched the clip below and came away thinking, “Well, Michael Ian Black is in it, so it works on that level“. Additionally, the Schnitzer is a pretty slick venue, so it should be a treat to see Gaffigan work his magic in the big hall.
Rob Schneider at Helium Comedy Club – 7pm, 21+, $30 (link)
Rob Schneider… a carrot? A stapler? You may never know, unless you go see him at Helium this weekend. All jokes aside, Schneider is much more than a vegetable or an office supply — he’s a legitimately funny dude who has been doing this comedy thing for right around 30 years now. This summer, Schneider is working on a show called Real Rob, which is basically a continuation of his cancelled CBS sitcom Rob. Gotta love the “never say die” attitude. Sunday night’s event is a special, one-night, one-show event, so if you’re thinking about going, better buy a ticket quick.
Project Pabst Music Fest at South Waterfront – 1-9pm, 21+, $40/day or $75/Weekend, (link)
And of course, there’s the unicorn in the room — Project Pabst. Will it come with a water fiasco like last year’s MFNW? Probably not. Is Weezer finally at the “play the hits” stage of their career, or will they still be trying to play new(ish) stuff? Let’s hope for the former. Can Debbie Harry still bring it at age 70? Undoubtedly, yes. That’s not a joke or a typo, by the way — she actually is 70 and still killing it. Kudos to you, Debbie Harry — you fucking rock! And on top of that, Thee Oh-Sees will be there, Alvvays will be there, Wampire will be there… it really should be a pretty fun time, so maybe go check that out.