With the hyper-abundance of merriment accessible in Portland on any given week, it can be taxing to sort through everything to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free. To help make planning a little easier, Noise & Color puts together a list of events that we think are most worthy of your time each week.
Dungen and Boogarins at Mississippi Studios
Sweden’s psychedelic prog rockers Dungen (Swedish for “the groove”) are among the top 5 best live performances I’ve ever seen. Monday night the impressive four piece return to Portland, this time playing Mississippi Studios, for what will be an intimate, mind altering experience of swirling, groove-heavy instrumentation and delicate vocal harmonies. Playing support for the night, Brazil’s tropicalia-psych group Boogarins are a great match with Dungen, also incorporating elements of from jazz and pop into their exotic, progressive jams. No need to take drugs for this one as the music ought to do it, buuut taking a little somethin somethin certainly couldn’t hurt.
9pm, 21+, $17, (link)
Aaron Draplin Pretty Much Everything Book Release Party at Hand Eye Supply
Aaron Draplin is without a doubt one of the top graphic designers of this generation, having cut his teeth working for many of top dogs in the snowboard industry and beyond for the past decade and a half. Now, having designed enough stuff to fill the pages of a book, he’s done just that. Draplin celebrates the release of his new book, Pretty Much Everything, a “mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-to’s, and advice,” this Wednesday night at Hand Eye Supply. Go have a drink with the man himself and pick up a signed copy for your future art-appreciating grandkids to drool over.
6pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
Animal Eyes (vinyl release), Fauna Shade, and Sama Dams at Mississippi Studios
Portland (by way of Alaska) indie psych pop heartthrobs, Animal Eyes, will celebrate the vinyl release of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Where We Go, this Thursday night at Mississippi Studios. Pop Matters teased us with the album’s first single “Mushroom Hunter” last summer, promising a September release, but alas it is finally here. Join the notorious party boys for an undoubtedly raging night of cross-dressing, sweaty dancing times. Washington’s Fauna Shade, who just released a new EP last month themselves, play support along with the inimitable Sama Dams.
8:30pm, 21+, $5, (link)
10th Annual St. Johns Bizarre
This Saturday afternoon marks the 10th annual celebration of the St. Johns Bizarre. And falling on the same day as the North Portland neighborhood’s 54th annual parade, entertainment will be bountiful for folks of all ages. As usual, the bizarre will feature a beer garden of local craft brewers and over 100 arts/crafts vendors lining the streets. The musical curation this year, however, is some next level shit featuring Quasi, Chanti Darling, Minden, The Domestics and more. Bring the fam, bring the flask, just don’t not go be a part of a flowering local culture.
10am-7pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
PDX Pop Now! Compilation Release w/ The Minders, Months, and Kulululu at Holocene
This Sunday night help celebrate the release of the city’s undisputed champ of local music compilations. Put together by an all star team of volunteers dedicated to supporting and expanding participation in the local music community for folks of all ages, this year’s PDX Pop Now! Comp features 42 tracks from a diverse bunch of local favorites including New Move, Gaythiest, Fog Father, The Last Artful Dodgr, Candace, Myke Bogan, Roselit Bone, and many more. Playing the release party Sunday night at Holocene, and all featured on the comp, are The Minders, Months and Kulululu. Go support local music and those supporting it.
7:30pm, All Ages, $8-10, (link)
JB Smoove at Helium Comedy Club
Best known for his role in perhaps the best comedy series of all time, “Curb Your Enthousiasm,” as the wildcard character Leon Black, that Rolling Stone dubbed “TV’s funniest character,” catch JB Smoove at Helium Comedy Club this Friday and Saturday night, spilling the comedic wisdom wisdom of a man with only the realist and smoovest of worldly experience.
7:30 and 10pm showtimes, 21+, $27, (link)