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.
Homiefest Benefit with Máscaras, Boone Howard and Roselit Bone at Bunk Bar
Portland music community’s ultimate camp-out good-time music extravaganza, Homiefest, is back the weekend of August 12 for a third celebration. But the task of bringing 23 bands together to perform on a DIY stage in the middle of wine country in front of a couple hundred bffs, and cover-free to boot, is no short order. Think sound equipment rentals, porta-johns, etc. These festival necessities don’t just materialize out of posi-vibes. Nay, fundraising endeavors must be utilized. And that’s exactly what’s happening this Wednesday night at Bunk Bar with performances by vets of Homiefests-past, Máscaras and Boone Howard as well as N&C faves Roselit Bone. Patrons should feel doubly content paying the already generously priced $5-10 sliding scale cover, knowing you’re money will go the extra mile to helping make Homiefest III a reality.
9pm, 21+, $5-10 sliding scale, (link)
Dig A Pony Turns 5 with The Ghost Ease, Cat Hoch, Lithics and Strange Babes DJs
How old is 5 in bar-years? In “new Portland,” I reckon it’s pretty damn old. To celebrate Dig A Pony’s fifth rotation of the sun, they’ve put together an epic bill with some of the city’s finest experimental rock troupes, The Ghost Ease, Cat Hoch and Lithics, as well as tunes spun by the renowned Strange Babes DJS. Free events don’t get much better in this rapidly changing city.
8pm, 21+, Free, (link)
Blesst Chest (album release), Hot Victory and Plankton Wat at Mississippi Studios
The first musical release from XRAY Records is finally here with the debut album Wish We Were There by the elusive, spastic prog-y rippers Blesst Chest. Join the power trio Friday night at Mississippi Studios for their release celebration with support by Hot Victory and Plankton Wat. Don’t find yourself bemoaning the very words of BC’s album title and go to this show ya dummy!
9pm, 21+, $5, (link)
Rigsketball Musicfest with Magic Sword, Aan, Mic Capes + more
Rigsketball is one of the single greatest things about living in Portland. Organized by our should-have-been-mayor Bim Ditson, the 3 v. 3 bracket-style half-court basketball tournament kicked off this past weekend during PDX Pop Now! with 32 bands competing against each other. This Saturday, witness the final two teams as they go head-to-head for the trophy and ultimate bragging rights. And what better way to celebrate such a monumental sporting event than with a two-stage, all-day, music-fest block-party? Head down to Bunk Bar at 2pm to join in on the attempted Guinness World Record game of horse, followed by an incredible day of live music from Ali Muhareb, Laura Palmer’s Death Parade, Fog Father, Ah God, Lower 48, Chugger, Mic Capes, Aan and Magic Sword.
2pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
Hustle and Drone, Astro Tan and Earth World at Holocene
You don’t need to be a handsome devil to play rad music, but hey, why not! Hustle and Drone may very well be the closest thing Portland has to a modern-day boy band. Think shirtless glistening man-bodies, impressive light shows, otherworldly synth tones over driving bass and electronic beats, and sensual vocal harmonies. Won’t you please excuse me while I go change my pants? See you at Holocene Sunday night and don’t forget to bring moist towelettes.
8:30pm, 21+, $5, (link)