February 2022 Event Roundup

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.


Here is the Infinity Room’s Covid Policy: “Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 48 hours required on entry for all shows and dining hours. A picture of your vaccination card is acceptable. Masks must be worn at all times in the venue when not actively eating or drinking, even if you are seated at a table.”

 

Heartbreak Jam - $55 to $130

Saturday, February 19 - 7 pm

Moda Center at the Rose Quarter - 1 N Center Court St. - Portland, OR


This show is going to be wild. Here’s the lineup: Ice Cube, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Jacquees. How absolutely bonkers is that? If you are a fan of hip-hop you are not going to want to miss this show. Do we even need to say more? This concert is going to sell out fast so don’t wait around or you are going to miss out.


Here is the Moda Center’s Covid Policy: “All guests ages 12 and up are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of either a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the event or a negative lab-based rapid test within 48 hours of the event. All attendees must wear a mask at all times while on the Rose Quarter campus and inside the arena.”

 

Beats Antique with Balkan Bump at Crystal Ballroom - $27.50

Saturday, February 19 - 8 pm to 11:30 pm Crystal Ballroom - 1332 W Burnside St. - Portland, OR


Beats Antique, a “experimental world fusion and electronic music group”, will be joining Balkan Bump, an Oakland-based trumpet player and producer, for a beat-heavy show at the Crystal Ballroom. This show also marks the 25th anniversary of McMenamins reopening the Crystal Ballroom.


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.


 

Emotional Intelligence Ft. mirin doja & bimbo hypnosis

Sunday, February 20 - 7 pm to 11 pm

No Fun - 1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd. - Portland, OR


Okay, there is basically no information about this show other than the groups playing and that it is at No Fun. We do know that there is no cover, that masks are required, and you need to be able to prove you are vaccinated. Other than that, we can assume that this is going to be an EDM show. Definitely techno/electronic. Maybe house music? You can listen to mirin doja’s music here on her Soundcloud, and we got to say “BXTCH DUB (WARDUB FOR CALICRY)” is heavy and quite a banger. If you want to check out bimbo hypnosis, her music can be heard on Soundcloud as well. If you look up her music on Google, you are going to get much different results. Trying to find the group Emotional Intelligence on the internet came up with a lot of stuff that isn't music, and two artists it could be. We honestly don’t know which it is. So it is either this Emotional Intelligence with no location listed, or this Emotional Intelligence from Charlotte, North Carolina, or maybe it is neither. If you figure it out let us know because we are intrigued and want to know if the group is even one of these two or not.

 

TU TU Tuesday (21+)

Tuesday, February 22, - 9 pm to 2:15 am

Cowfish Dance Club - 62 W Broadway Eugene, OR


A once in a lifetime opportunity has presented itself! On 22/2/2022 at the Cowfish Dance Club, the club is throwing a tutu dance party. That’s a lot of twos. Also, you can get in for free if you show up wearing a tutu. Music will be played by DJs Sapphire Strange and JASNKLZZ (we think you should be able to get it for free if you can figure out how to say that name). You really will be missing out on a truly unique experience if you don’t go to this event. If you end up liking the DJing from the duo, you can catch them at the Cowfish every Tuesday.

 

Interstellar Taco Tour: Stöner with Yawning Man and Fern (21+) - $15

Saturday, February 26 - 9 pm (Doors open at 8 pm)

The Big Dirty - 844 Olive St. - Eugene, OR


Head down to The Big Dirty to catch the Interstellar Taco Tour. Stöner, a heavy desert punk band, is composed of former KYUSS musicians Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri. They are joined by Yawning Man on the tour, and Fern as the local support. Yawning Man is a California-based desert rock band. Apparently, they are sometimes known as the originators of the desert rock genre, but we would need more evidence than a band’s bio to confirm that. Fern seems to not exist on the internet, and there are a few dozen Fern bands on Spotify, so good luck trying to figure out which one is the right one. But from the lineup we are going to go out on a limb and say they are punk rock music. At least alternative rock. Regardless, this will be an exciting show.

 

Hungry Hungry Hip-Hop - $10

Saturday, Feb. 26 - 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Mississippi Pizza - 3552 N Mississippi Ave. - Portland, OR


Coming to the Mississippi Pub’s