Music

Portland’s musical offerings are diverse as the city itself, with options including indie rock, jazz, classical, pop and more.

Music Events in Portland

Portland overflows year-round with live shows and music festivals.

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Classical Music in Portland

Portland's opera, symphony and other companies offer an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.

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Live Music Venues

These five venues showcase some of the best live music in each of the city's five quadrants.

  • Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

    This grand Italian rococo theater is a historic building and performing arts center whose Broadway marquee is crowned by a 65-foot-high “Portland” sign illuminated with 6,000 lights.

  • Mississippi Studios & Bar Bar

    Located in Portland’s historic Mississippi District, Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar is an acclaimed former Baptist church turned recording studio turned music venue (and home of great burgers).

  • Wonder Ballroom

    The wooden floors and cozy quarters of this 1914 restored building offer an intimate setting for a variety of artists, ranging from metal and hardcore to indie, pop and beyond.

  • McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

    See shows of every genre at this historic venue, which boasts vaulted ceilings, grand chandeliers and a famous “floating” dance floor. Downstairs, Lola’s Room hosts smaller shows while Ringlers Pub serves McMenamins ales and pub fare.

  • Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

    East Burnside’s iconic Doug Fir is known for great live shows in the lounge downstairs, delicious brunch and generous dinner plates enjoyed in the mid-century meets log-cabin dining room.

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Free Live Music and Comedy in Portland

Discover a new favorite comic or musician at Portland's free concerts and comedy nights, scattered across the city and scheduled throughout the week.

Local Musicians

The New Class of the Portland R&B Scene

A new generation of artists is attracting more light to the Portland R&B scene than ever before.

The Portland Hip-Hop Scene

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Niche Live Music Venues in Portland

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Upcoming Music Picks

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 Y La Bamba with Brown Calculus and Noche Libre
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Y La Bamba with Brown Calculus and Noche Libre

Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge $16-$20

Night One of Y La Bamba’s EP release shows. With: Brown Calculus, Noche Libre.

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Portland Night Market
Oct. 25–26, 2019

Portland Night Market

Central Eastside Industrial District Free

The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.

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 Y La Bamba with Reyna Tropical and Noche Libre
Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

Y La Bamba with Reyna Tropical and Noche Libre

Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge $16-$20

Night Two of Y La Bamba’s EP release shows. With: Reyna Tropical, Noche Libre.

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Beethoven's Fifth
Oct. 26–28, 2019

Beethoven's Fifth

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Free

More than 200 years after its completion, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony remains the most revered masterpiece in the repertoire – from the unsurpassed drama of its four opening notes to the still-shocking power of its finale. Artist-in-Residence Johannes Moser brings his astonishing virtuosity to Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto, once described as “the story of a twentieth-century Don…

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Siren Nation Festival
Nov. 7–17, 2019

Siren Nation Festival

Various Locations Free

The 2019 Siren Nation Festival presents a stunning musical lineup, a night of the best comedians from the Northwest, a visual art show with outstanding Northwestartists, an art and craft sale and free workshops, held throughout November 7-17. Schedule and venues vary daily; some events are free, and others require a cover. Please visit the…

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The First Annual Weird Portland Gala
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

The First Annual Weird Portland Gala

Polaris Hall $40-$75

Weird Portland United (WPU) is gathering a sampling of the city’s weirdest for one memorable evening that is sure to go down in Rose City history. The Weird Portland Gala is a celebration of everything that makes Portland, Portland and will include live music by Sweet N’ Juicy, a showcase of local artists, a photobooth,…

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My People's Market
Nov. 8–9, 2019

My People's Market

SEI (Self Enhancement Inc.) Free

My People’s Market showcases local entrepreneurs and makers of color, connecting them with industry professionals and consumers.

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The Hip-Hop Nutcracker
Nov. 12–13, 2019

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker

Keller Auditorium $35-$65

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ,…

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