On any given day in Portland, there are a myriad of amazing happenings for one to get lost in. Sorting through everything to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing, so to help make planning a little easier, Noise & Color puts together a list of events each week that that we think are most worthy of checking out.


Battles, Chanti Darling and Máscara at the Wonder Ballroom

Red Bull’s Sound Select concert series has really stepped their game up this month. Curated by the terrific folks at Banana Stand Media, this Tuesday’s all-ages RBSS showcase brings experimental rock legends, Battles, to the Wonder Ballroom stage for a mere $3. Support from Portland favorites Chanti Darling and Máscara means you’d better bring your dancing shoes and a change of clothes ’cause things will be moving hard, all night long.

9pm, All Ages, $3 w/ RSVP, (link)


1939 Ensemble, The Domestics and Moorea Masa & the Mood at Mississippi Studios

There’s no better way to celebrate hump day this week than to get fornicatious with the tantelizing sounds of vibraphone and explosive, mathy rhythms from 1939 Ensemble. Playing as main support for the evening, the Domestics will be kicking off a short string of shows along the west coast, and celebrating the release of a live album recorded at Banana Stand Media (check out the live video we premiered last week from that album). Moorea Masa & The Mood open the night with their delicate, soulful folk songs.

9pm, 21+, $10, (link)


Harry Nilsson’s 75th Birthday Tribute at The Old Church

Harry Nilsson was one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He was also one of the most underrated, and under the radar artists of all time. This Thursday marks what would have been Nilsson’s 75th birthday, and what better way to celebrate the man than with a tribute night in his honor. Held in the historic and haunting Old Church, the eclectic lineup features 10 local songsters with elements of Nilsson influence traceable in their own sounds, including funky-chill-faves Fog Father and lofi power-poppers Mo Troper.

8pm, All Ages, $10-20 sliding scale, (link)


Eleven PDX 5-Year Anniversary Party with Kyle Craft, Tango Alpha Tango and Joel Magid at the Alberta Abbey

It ain’t easy running a DIY arts and entertainment publication that competes with the best of the well-funded local weeklies and monthlies. Eleven PDX have been killin’ it with their monthly print coverage of local music and arts for five years, a milestone certainly worth celebrating. And they’re doing so in style Saturday night in their home base at the Alberta Abbey, with live music by Sub Pop’s best new asset, Kyle Craft, as well as rippers Tango Alpha Tango, and the loveable, inimitable Joel Magid.

8pm, All Ages, $5-11 sliding scale, (link)


Snackdown: 10 Breweries vs. 10 Chefs at The Evergreen

This Sunday, Portland Beer Week and Gigantic Brewing are throwing a royal SNACKDOWN! They’re pairing up chefs from 10 favorite local eateries including Nomad, Bollywood Theater, Lardo and Biwa, with 10 favorite local breweries including Gigantic, Ex Novo, Breakside and Double Mountain. Sure $49 ain’t cheap, but if you can find another 10-course meal with beer pairings (of this caliber) for under $50, I’ll eat my hat. Seriously, you’ve been challenged. 

Noon-4pm, 21+, $49, (link)

All Weekend

Portland Pride Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Given the recent, devastating tragedy that just took place at a gay club in Orlando florida, there couldn’t be a better time to rally with our community to show support and love for one another. This Saturday and Sunday, Portland’s annual Pride Festival will take place at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with the Pride Parade kicking off at 11am Sunday morning (check out the route and lineup here). Regardless of our sexual orientation, this weekend we should all spend an afternoon showing pride for our LGBTQ community in Portland.

Noon-6pm, All Ages, $7 suggested donation, (link)