This Weekend in Portland: 8.14 – 8.16
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.
Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Clarke & The Himselfs, and Junior Rocket Scientist at The Know
A tried and true favorite amongst Portland venues, The Know plays host to the ever boisterous Wooden Indian Burial Ground this weekend in a show that’s sure to be worth it. Every time I’ve seen WIBG, it’s been in a fairly dark, crowded atmosphere — the perfect way to experience their psychedelic fervor — and this weekend will be no different. Opening will be a couple of Boise, ID, favorites in Clarke & The Himselfs and Junior Rocket Scientist. Expect The Know to fill up, so get there early.
$5? $7?, 21+, 8p, (link)
Sun Angle, Summer Cannibals, and Blesst Chest at Mississippi Studios
With the imminent departure of their drummer (the ubiquitous Papi Fimbres), this Saturday evening at Mississippi Studios will be your last chance for a while to catch the gleaming, acid-tinged, tropicalia (that’s tropical-psychedelia) of local legends Sun Angle. Joining them will be label mates Summer Cannibals, who have been enjoying a great last year that has seen them tour almost endlessly and release their latest full-length to a heap of praise. Kicking things off will be Blesst Chest who… well, you can just watch the video below — it speaks for itself.
$10, 21+, 8p (link)
The PDX Adult Soap Box Derby at Mt. Tabor
If you’ve ever wanted to cram yourself into a wooden death box on wheels and launch yourself down a perilous patch of pavement… well, you should consider signing up for next year’s PDX Adult Soap Box Derby because it’s too late to sign up for this year’s. The good news, though, is that you can make your way down to Mt. Tabor to sip on some beers and watch other knuckleheads do exactly that.
Free, all ages, 10am-4pm (link)
Aan, Regular Music, and Bitch’n at Rontoms
It’s been a bit of a tumultuous year for Aan, but after a few personnel shifts, it looks like the new line-up has been solidified, and luckily the tunes sound as fresh as ever. They’re fresh off Capitol Hill Block Party, so come brave the Rontoms crowd this Sunday to see them play some tunes you likely haven’t heard. Opening up will be Regular Music, providing some weirdo, freeform, cosmic vibes, as well as Bitch’n, who I haven’t actually seen yet, but I have it on good authority that they sound like Fugazi — always a plus.
Free, 21+, 8:30pm, (link)
Devils Point 9th Annual Bikini Car and Dog Wash Benefit
Like you really need a good reason to go to Devils Point. But for the more timid individuals, here are a handful of reasons why this Sunday’s 9th annual bikini car and dog wash should be on your priorities list: All proceeds go to Family Dogs New Life No Kill Shelter; You don’t even have to be over 21 or even go inside the strip club to enjoy these beauties in bikinis; there is no set rate for a wash, just donate what you can to support a great cause; The temperature will be in the 80’s, so the ladies will be extra hot; They will be raffling off TWO brand new bicycles AND a longboard; Don’t have a car or a dog? Not a problem – you can bring your grubby motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, pogo-sticks, etc… anything that gets you places, bring it on down!
For those over 21, stick around into the evening and celebrate Devils Point’s 14th anniversary with their classic Sunday night “stripperaoke.”
Donation-based, 2pm-7pm, (link)