Updated: Mar 3
It’s February, so you know what that means: Pointless consumerism veiled as romantic intent! By that we mean Valentine’s Day, of course. With all of the hearts and overt propaganda, we once again bow our heads to the hedonistic gods of materialism with hopes of love being gifted in return for our devotion. So let's not let them down, shall we? In all seriousness, this month we have found a great lineup of local music and some dope bigger shows that we think you will love. Funnily enough, as far as we can tell none of these events are about Valentine’s Day.
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Sweet N’ Juicy Plays Hippie Museum
Thursday, February 3 - 7 pm
Hippie Museum - 535 Main Street - Springfield, OR
Curbside has written about Sweet N’ Juicy quite a bit over the years. Back in May of 2021 we referred to them as “Portland’s #1 fruit-based funk band” which is hard to refute. They make fun, energetic funk music that is bound to get a smile out of you. They are a bit inappropriate at times, but that’s what makes their music so fun. The band will be playing at the Hippie Museum in Springfield on the third. We have featured them on a few playlists, including one from two years ago called “Bands Playing in Oregon (February 2020) ” if you want to check them out ahead of time.
DOJA DANCE: A Doja Cat Dance Night - $15
Thursday, February 3 - 9 pm to 1 am
Holocene Portland - 1001 SE Morrison St - Portland, OR
Doja Cat has exploded onto the scene in the last few years, and she keeps killin’ it with her music. According to her bio, she released her first song on Soundcloud in 2013 at the age of 16. We imagine she did not expect how popular her music would become in the following years. Just to put it into perspective, her Spotify gets 56 million monthly listeners. So if you want to get down for a night of great music and dance your feet off, head down to Holocene to get your fill of Doja Cat.
Obscurley // Tiny Empire // Perfectly Normal // Keeper - $10
Friday, February 4 - 7 pm
The Big Legrowlski - 812 NW Couch St, Portland, OR
The Big Legrowlski always has such fun shows, and this Friday lineup is no exception. PNW-based band Obscurley is hard to put into a particular genre, but they describe themselves as a band “whose eclectic, richly detailed alternative pop is informed by Reggae, Afro-Caribbean, Calypso, Soul, Hip-hop, and many others.” While we might not describe them exactly like that, they are an interesting listening experience to say the least. There isn’t a ton of information that we could find online about Tiny Empire, other than their Instagram describing themselves as a Portland-based groove band. You can find their album Ernest Bell, which was released in June of 2021, on Spotify if you want to check them out. Perfectly Normal is a Vancouver, Washington-based alternative pop punk band. They recently released an EP back in October of 2021, also called Perfectly Normal. Lastly, Keeper is a Portland-based band who describes themselves as “Fall Out Boy meets John Mayer.” The group is a poppy and interesting indie band that we are excited to hear more from. Check out their EP from 2020 From the Neck Up. This show should be a good time.
The Wonder Years at Crystal Ballroom - $27.50
Saturday, February 5 - 6:45 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
Crystal Ballroom - 1332 W Burnside St - Portland, OR
The Wonder Years, a Pennsylvania-Based band, is coming to the Crystal Ballroom this month. Though this writer has never heard of the band, they seem to be a pretty popular pop punk band that admittedly hits pretty hard. So if you are a fan, this is a good chance for you to get up close (as close as Covid restrictions let people that is) and personal. The band also recently released a new single “Threadbare” in November 2021 that is definitely worth checking out.
Here is a rundown of the Crystal Ballroom’s Covid policy: “All attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID (proof is required via vaccination card or photo of vaccine card on phone), or show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours preceding the show. Proof in all cases must be accompanied by [a] photo ID.” Learn more here.
Comedy: The Musical! - Grunge Edition at Infinity Room - $15 (+Fees)
Saturday, February 12 - 6 pm to 7 pm
Infinity Room - 210 Liberty St. SE - Salem, OR
This show sounds like a ton of fun. Here is the gist: “Comedy: The Musical is a stand-up comedy & musical improv show. A comedian tells jokes, then our musical improvisers sing a funny song inspired by their punchlines! Our musicians make up every song on the spot after hearing the comic's jokes for the first time.” Not only do we love improv, but how awesome is it that there will be music with the comedy? We give this our highly coveted seal of approval. The comedians include Armando Santoyo, David Kildal, Eliza Butler, and Ty Boice. The music will be played by the Artistic Director for Torchsong Entertainment Heidi Davis, and Ken Bussell. The show will be hosted by Chelsea Burns and Jaren George.