Every day in Portland there are a myriad of amazing things for one to get lost in. Sorting through it all 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.
Tacocat (free in-store) at Jackpot Records
Like many other conditions of the world, pop-punk music has evolved a great deal since the late 90’s/early 00’s when a couple of bands with numbers in their names sold their souls to MTV and convinced most people that true punk actually was dead. Nowadays, bands like Seattle’s Tacocat are smashing the stereotype that punk rooted pop music (or vice versa) is all tween/alt-jock garbage. In fact Tacocat are fully badass, the perfect soundtrack to beach days and summer parties. Catch them in October at Revolution Hall, or, see them this Tuesday, 7.12, at Jackpot Records for an intimate, free, all ages performance.
6pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
What started out as 150 local comics competing for glory has been narrowed down to a final twelve in Helium Comedy Club’s annual Portland’s Funniest contest. This Wednesday watch the funniest people in the city battle it out in the final round for a $1,200 cash prize and instant credibility to break out onto the national scene. Previous year’s winners include Ian Karmel (2011), Nathan Brannon (2012), Shane Torres (2013), Steven Wilber (2014) and Amy Miller (2015).
8pm, 21+, $20, (link)
2nd Annual Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum’s Monster Drawing Rally is back for a second year. Over 75 Portland-based artists are given one-hour to draw a monster of their wildest dreams, and all completed drawings made available for purchase at $35. Proceeds from all sold artwork goes to supporting free school and youth programs at the Museum. Fully awesome, amiright?
6-9pm, All Ages, (link)
Genders, Divers and Times Infinity at Bunk Bar
Have you heard the newest Genders song, “Life is But a Dream” that just premiered on All Songs? It’s fuckin’ gooood (stream it below)! Catch the local dream psych crackerjacks this Saturday at Bunk on a stellar bill with support from WWeek’s ‘2015 Best New Band’ Divers and Times Infinity, who both just recently put out rad new collections of music.
9pm, 21+, $10, (link)
Malt Ball at Mississippi Studios with Natasha Kmeto, Pt. Juncture WA, The Ghost Ease + more
Say what you will about the relationship between beer and watching sports, but the pairing of intoxicating suds with music dates back perhaps equally as far (see, Beethoven’s crippling alcoholism that may have lead to his death in 1827). In a fantastic celebration of the historic bond between booze ‘n’ bands, the Portland Mercury’s annual Malt Ball pairs up local breweries with up and coming bands to create specialty collaboration beers available for sampling during a night of live music. This Sunday marks the Merc’s 5th annual Malt Ball, showcasing live music by Natasha Kmeto, Pt. Juncture WA, The Ghost Ease, Aan, Bitch’n and Months and brews by Stormbreaker, Fort George, Lompoc, Double Mountain, Hopworks and Hair of the Dog.
2pm, 21+, $18 (4 beer samples included w/ cover), (link)
6th Annual Alley 33 Fashion Event
In what is perhaps the most epic annual DIY fashion runway endeavors in the City, This Sunday Alley 33 Productions is holding their 6th annual namesake fashion event in the alley at SE 33 and Hawthorne (where the beloved Umai ramen cart once triumphantly reigned). Eighteen designers are featured this year including the event headliner Sarah Bibb for Folly as well as Mink Boutique, Make It Good, Carolyn Hart, Chubby Cartwheels, Piper Dalton Knitwear and more.
5-8pm, All Ages, $10, (link)