Welcome to another installment of Curbside's events roundup, giving you a peek at some of the coolest art events happening near you this weekend. This time, we've got so much live, local music we don't know what to do with ourselves. There are big acts like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony up in Portland, a night of local punk in downtown Salem, and completely local billings everywhere you look, from Central and Southern Oregon to the coast.
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Atmosphere & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - $35
Friday, Feb. 21 & Saturday, Feb. 22 - 8 pm to 11 pm
Roseland Theater - 8 NW 6th Ave.
It’s a weekend of melodic hip-hop at the Roseland Theater in downtown Portland this weekend. Minneapolis duo Atmosphere, known for hits like “Sunshine” and “Trying To Find A Balance,” plays on Friday, but the show is sold out, so you’ll have to find overpriced scalper tix if you want to attend. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the Cleveland rap group known for blending gangster styles with harmonic soul a la Boys II Men, will be playing Saturday night. Tickets are going fast for that one, too!
DJ Seinfeld & Ben Tactic // Mothership - $10
Friday, Feb. 21 & Saturday, Feb. 22 - 9 pm to 2 am
Holocene - 1001 SE Morrison St.
The Holocene also has back-to-back nights of themed music, with EDM sets from traveling acts all weekend. Mothership will be spinning a futuristic dance party setlist on Friday night, for which the dress code says, “cyber tutus encouraged.” On Saturday night, Swedish act DJ Seinfeld and drum-and-bass musician Ben Tactic will throw down some grooves. If you’re looking to dance this weekend, this is the place to do it.
Rontoms Sunday Sessions: Moonshy // Shutups // SALT - Free
Sunday, Feb. 23 - 8 pm to 11 pm
Rontoms - 600 E Burnside St.
This weekend’s Sunday Sessions features three local acts. Moonshy is a band that is, according to its Facebook page, “crafting the soundtrack to the creepy, backwoods drive-In double feature of your dreams.” Punk rockers in the band Shutups will provide some moshy energy, and the night will be kicked off by SALT, which blends old-school funk and soul with a signature sound.
Cosmic Strings - Free
Friday, Feb. 21 - 9 pm to 11:30 pm
Victory Club - 155 Liberty St. NE
Local spouse musical duo Cosmic Strings will kick off a weekend of local music in Salem by bringing its psychedelic sounds to the Victory Club. With folk and rock influences that include The Grateful Dead and Van Morrison, the acoustic jams of this night will be pleasant and playful.
Tiger Touch // The Anxieties // City of Pieces
Saturday, Feb. 22 - 9 pm
The Dehn Bar - 157 Commercial St. SE
It’s a night of punk rock at The Dehn Bar this Saturday, with local act Tiger Touch capping off a night that will be full of blast beat music. The Anxieties, a band based out of Portland but started in Eugene, blends surf punk with a dystopian flare. Salem punk group City of Pieces will be kicking the night off.
Clay Ball: The Roaring Twenties - $95
Saturday, Feb. 22 - 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Salem Convention Center - 200 Commercial St. SE
This 21st annual Salem Arts Association fundraiser is a dinner, performance and costume party all in one. You’re sure to see lots of Roaring 20’s themed gatherings this year (maybe all decade…) and this one is sure to be a good time. The ticket price is spendy, but the dining is sure to be fine and the proceeds go toward helping this local arts organization.
Red Cloud // Kvasir // Freebase Hyperspace - $7
Friday, Feb. 21 - 9 pm
Old Nick’s Pub - 211 Washington St.
Grooving, psychedelic rock is the theme of this show to kick off the weekend at Old Nick’s. Heavy rock group Red Cloud headlines, supported by Portland rock group Kvasir and cosmic boogiers Freebase Hyperspace. These are all Oregon bands, so come check out this event to show support for your local musicians.
Whirled Music Series: The Atmospheres - Free
Friday, Feb. 21 - 6 pm to 8 pm
Whirled Pies - 199 W 8th Ave.
If you didn’t catch Minneapolis rap duo Atmosphere at the McDonald Theatre earlier this week, you can catch a different kind of atmosphere at this show on Friday. This concert and performance series but on by Whirled Pies is continuing with local reggae and soul band The Atmospheres.
Annual Mardis Gras Ball - $22
Saturday, Feb. 22 - 8 pm to 2 am
Sessions Music Hall - 44 E 7th Ave.
The big night of revelry in New Orleans is on Feb. 25, but Eugene will be celebrating in full force this weekend. All the proceeds of this annual event go to support women’s health and safety programs, so not only can you party hardy this Saturday but you can also dance it out for a good cause. Bring your beads and glitter masks.
Maha Shivaratri - Kirtan & Puja - $10 donation
Friday, Feb. 21 - 7 pm to midnight
The Sanctuary - 339 SW Century Dr. #203
Also called The Great Night of Shiva, this is one of the biggest yearly celebrations in India. It celebrates the end of darkness and is symbolically known as a way of overcoming personal darkness and ignorance. In Bend, the occasion will be celebrated with yogic exercises, chants and cultural rituals. A suggested donation of $10 (what that goes to is anybody’s guess as the events page doesn’t bother to say) is recommended, though, “No one is turned away for lack of funds.”
Boss’ Daughter // Andy Carew And His You Can Too’s - Free
Friday, Feb. 21 - 8 pm to 11 pm
AVID Cider Company - 550 SW Industrial Way
Bend is keeping the weekend of Oregon punk rock going strong with this show at AVID, featuring Boss’ Daughter from Reno, Nevada and local rock group Andy Carew (formerly of local band Larry and His Flask) and His You Can Too’s. The cozy space and up-tempo tunes are sure to make for a raucous time.
Bend A Cappella Festival Sing Off - $37
Saturday, Feb. 22 - 7 pm to 10 pm
The Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall St.
Tickets are almost sold out to this show, which pits local high school and college a capella groups against each other for a $1,000 grand prize. For those wanting a lighter, more vocal persuasion to their music this weekend, check this show out.
LEFT - Free!
Friday, Feb. 21 - 8 pm to 11:30 pm
Grape Street Bar & Grill - 31 S Grape St.
LEFT is a local rock group comprised of five Southern Oregon musicians who have decades of performing experience between them. They will be rocking out at Grape Street in Medford this weekend in a marathon setlist to fill an evening.
Gunstock Red & Zack Knutson - Fee
Friday, Feb. 21 - 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant - 142 N Front St.
Continuing the weekend of local music in Medford, hometown rock band Gunstock Red, with a country rock and blues sound, will be jamming out at the local Mexican eatery Habanero’s this weekend. The band is supported by Zack Knutson of local rock group Fogline.
The Boondock Boys - Free
Friday, Feb. 21 - 8 pm
Seadogs - 839 SW Bay Blvd. - Newport, OR
The sounds of southern rock ‘n roll are on the Oregon Coast, too, this weekend with this show featuring local blues and country rockers The Boondock Boys. This is just one of many events happening all over town to celebrate Newport’s Wine and Seafood Weekend. Enjoy some local music, along with a gorgeous view of Yaquina Bay.
LOL-ing Comedy Night - $10
Friday, Feb. 21 - 7:30 pm
Beach Club and Event Center - 2020 NE 22nd St. - Lincoln City, OR
Professional stand-up comedians are the draw to this local eatery and performance hall on the Central Oregon Coast this weekend. This cheap ticket price is well worth supporting local and touring comedians, who take their talents to small venues all over the country for our pleasure. Plus, you can enjoy some food and beverage along with your entertainment.
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