This Week in Portland: 4.11 – 4.17

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given week, it can be taxing to sort through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time, between work and other obligations. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of events we think are most worthy of your time.

Wednesday

Thundercat at Revolution Hall

Thundercat is without a doubt the top bass player of the decade. His syncopated, melodic and groove-heavy styling is unparalleled, and has been featured on albums by Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus and more, though his solo work is perhaps his most impressive. Catch Thundercat this Wednesday at the beautifully converted historic Washington High School auditorium venue, Revolution Hall, as a part of this week’s Soul’d Out Music Festival. – T.L.

9pm, All Ages, $20, (link)

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at Crystal Ballroom

If Thundercat doesn’t do it for you, then maybe something a little more classic will — yes, I’m talking about George Clinton. A living legend, Clinton got his start in the late 50’s with The Parliaments, an early doo-wop iteration of what would go on to become Parliament. Joining forces with Clinton’s other project, Funkadelic, the world famous P-Funk was born. Of course, since then Clinton has stayed busy, consistently collaborating with others as well as putting out solo work, and generally forming one of the most prolific careers in the industry, having spanned over 60 years. This Wednesday he’s at Crystal Ballroom, again as part of the Soul’d Out Music Festival. – A.S.

9pm, 21+, $25 ADV/$27 DOS, (link)

Friday

Too Late 35mm Screening with Writer/Director Dennis Hauck at Hollywood Theatre

When it comes to filmmaking, I think it’s safe to say that people are generally suckers for three things (when well-executed): slow-motion, time-lapses, and long, one-take scenes. Of course, there are many other ways to catch an audience, but those three things are sure to make an immediate impact, and — utilizing long, single takes — that’s exactly what’s Dennis Hauck’s latest film does. Too Late is a modern take on the classic noir genre, and it consists of five 20-minute, single-take scenes which look pretty damn beautiful. And here’s the kicker: this baby was shot on 35mm film, adding to the complexity and difficulty of the shoots. Hauck, apparently, has never shot digitally — impressive. Too Late stars John Hawkes, whom you may recognize from American Gangster or Eastbound and Down among other films. Check out the trailer for Too Late below, and if it piques your interest, head to Hollywood Theater this Friday. – A.S.

6:45pm, $9, All Ages, (link)

AU and the Camas High School Choir, plus Edna Vazquez and Luz Elena Mendoza at Yale Union Building

What a week for all ages shows. Friday brings us AU’s return from hiatus, and it’s a pretty epic return, I’ve gotta say. Not only will we be privy to performances from Edna Vazquez as well as Luz Elena Mendoza, we’ll get to see AU joined by the Camas High School Choir, which features 155 singers. Talk about harmonies. AU has been expanded to a six piece for this show, including members of Like A Villain, Blue Cranes, Aan, and Crenshaw. This project has been in the works for a year, and Friday night it all finally culminates in what’s sure to be a killer show.  – A.S.

7pm, all ages, $10 ADV/$12 DOS, (link)

Saturday

Record Store Day in Portland

For those of you who RSDdon’t consider every day record store day and could use a reason to support your local music haunt, this Saturday marks international Record Store Day, and there are some pretty legit shindigs happening around town to help you do just that. Last year we created a whole article just to highlight our favorite RSD specialty releases and celebrations, but that was a lot of work. This year we give you the abridged version. There are some promising looking releases this year including a reissue of Notorious B.I.G’s Mo Money, Mo Problems, a 15-year anniversary pressing of Pinback’s Blue Screen Life, more intimate lo-fi goodness on Mac Demarco’s Another (Demo) One, long lost tracks by J Dilla found on 2-inch tape shortly after his passing, a cover album by The Feelies, a 7” split by Metz and Mission and Burma in which they cover each other’s songs, new music from Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, plus some amazing looking compilation albums exploring 60’s/70’s Cambodian rock ‘n’ roll and 60’s Japanese garage psych. Check out the full list of special releases here.

Now that you know what to spend your money on, here’s where you can do it in style. Everyday Music’s West Burnside location is hosting an all day celebration starting at 8am with dj sets by My Body, Typhoon, Valet, and Wild Ones, with live performances by Bed. Little Star, Barna Howard, Haley Heynderickx and more. Tender Loving Empire’s Hawthorne location will host dj sets from noon to 4pm by Sally Ford, Theo Craig and more. And Jackpot Records has dj sets from 10am-4pm by Steve Turner of Mudhoney, Nate Carson of Witch Mountain, and more, and they’ll have free coffee, energy drinks and gift bags while supplies last. Go forth and vinyl yourselves, Portland. – T.L.

All day, All ages, Free

Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, No Lala, Michael Bruce (Gran Ritmos), and Daniela Karina at Holocene

There’s no local show that’s more fun to attend than an OPT show — just my opinion, but I’m pretty sure it’s right. The cumbia stylings combined with the size of the band make for an atmosphere that’s more party than show. It’s almost like a Latino take on the famous go-go shows of DC. And as if that wasn’t enough of a party, No Lala (aka Minden II) will be making an appearance, and even though Sam Adams (who played keys on the recordings) is off galavanting around Europe on the Sama Dams tour, I’m sure someone will fill in accordingly. Michael Bruce and Daniela Karina round out the lineup. Get to Holocene before 10pm, and get in for only $5 — that’s like, $1.25 per band, which is what we call, a screamin’ deal. – A.S.

9pm, 21+, $7, (link)

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