Curious what cool art is happening near you this weekend? Well, look no further than this roundup of some of the coolest local shows and events happening all over Oregon.
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Robots of the Ancient World // Bromf // Egotones
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - 9 pm to midnight
No Fun - 1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Some great local shows are happening all weekend, but it’s starting over at No Fun with heavy, fuzzy tunes laid down by Portland acts Robots of the Ancient World and Bromf, plus a performance from psychedelic rockers Egotones out of Eugene.
Oregon Lunar New Year - $20+
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 - 7 pm
Keller Auditorium - 222 SW Clay St.
Not only is this event a cultural showcase put on by the Chinese Friendship Association of Portland, it’s also a marvelous display of dancing, music, costumes and performances of all kinds. The Lunar New Year, according to traditional Chinese calendars, lasts all week. However, this type of celebration has roots all over the world and many cultures celebrate “the start” of a lunar calendar throughout the winter and into spring. All of them offer some cool opportunities to see some unique creativity.
Northwest Coffee Beer Invitational - $25
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 - Noon to 7 pm
Goose Hollow Inn - 1927 SW Jefferson St.
There will be libations of all kinds offered at this event, from beer and cider to coffees and teas. Even though it’s got some adult beverages on tap, this event is still kid-friendly and there will be music and arts all around for people of all ages to enjoy.
Layperson // Sawtooth // Half Shadow
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 - 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Holocene - 1001 SE Morrison St.
Local indie rock groups are on display this weekend at the Holocene. Layperson is a moniker for Julian Morris, who’s played all over the Portland music scene in bands like Little Star and Post Moves. He released his debut album, The Divide, last year and is sure to play some songs off the album. Sawtooth is a folk and americana group from Washington, and Half Shadow is a Portland group helmed by Jesse Carsten.
Johnny Franco // Brothers Busk
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - 9 pm to midnight
The Governor’s Cup - 471 Court St. NE
This is going to be an eccentric night of local music to start the weekend in Salem with. Johnny Franco, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a Portland street performer peddling “high energy spaghetti Western rock ‘n’ roll.” Brothers Busk, also no strangers to performing on the street, will kick things off at the Governor’s Cup.
Tarzan: The Musical - $9
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - 7 pm
North Salem High School
The classic tale of an orphan raised by apes has been depicted throughout film and television history, but this stage adaptation of the nostalgic 1999 Disney film is being put on by the students and faculty of North Salem High School. Support local arts in education by catching this show before it ends!
Salsa & Bachata Nights - $5
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 - 8 pm to 11:30 pm
Red Lion Hotel - 3301 Market St. NE
The sultry, electric dancing of the Caribbean islands is the draw at this recurring event in the hotel ballroom. You’ll learn the basics of salsa and bachata styles during this class that’s one part informative and one part casual dance session. It’s a workout and a creative outlet all in one.
Salem Symphonic Winds - Tales of Sorcery - $46
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 - 3 pm
Elsinore Theatre - 170 High St. SE
Formerly called the Salem Concert Band, this orchestra is putting on a show that celebrates all things mystical and Victorian. Steampunk attire is even encouraged for those in the audience, and lots of local talent will be on display in the historic Elsinore Theatre. What’s not to love?
Time Machine Show - $5
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 - 7 pm to 11 pm
The Space - 1128 Edgewater St. NW
This event at the West Salem club, billed as having “a bit of the past, a bit of the present and a whole lot of the future,” is going to have tons of local rock talent. Performers include Plushie, a psychedelic group based on the sounds of 1969, MICKY WICKD, a hard rock group from Eugene, as well as sibling group Zoe Imperium and solo act Abby Dusek.
Dead Chemist // Laundry // Spiller - $5
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
The Dead House - Eugene, OR (address posted on the date of the show)
This night of tunes featuring local acts is being put on in one of the many residences in Eugene where you can find laid back house shows. Acts include progressive rap group Dead Chemist, dream rockers Laundry, and “emo jazz” group Spiller, which is returning from a West Coast tour.
Randy Houser - $30
Friday Jan. 24, 2020 - 7 pm
McDonald Theatre - 1010 Willamette St.
The Nashville country star, known for songs like “Anything Goes” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” is kicking off a weekend of country acts at the historic McDonald Theatre. Put on yer best pair of boots.
Wynonna - $40+
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 - 8 pm
McDonald Theatre - 1010 Willamette St.
The decorated country singer/songwriter, who first rose to fame alongside her mother in The Judds, is keeping the country going in Eugene with this show at the McDonald. Known now by just Wynonna, her hits include “Girls With Guitars” and “Come Some Rainy Day”.
Soul Tribe Sunday (21+)
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 - 10 pm to 2 am
Sessions Lounge - 44 E. 7th Ave.
This recurring event at Sessions features local DJs providing the tunes for a killer dance party in downtown Eugene. This week, local disc-smith Bizio kicks things off with an extended opening set and LA-area DJ Terrakroma will spin for hours to close things out.
Bend Burlesque Presents Studio 541 - $25
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - 9 pm
The Volcanic Theater Pub - 70 SW Century Dr.
This celebration of the 1970’s will showcase the fashion, music and, yes, the hair of the era. This event will also allow performers of all ages, shapes and sizes the opportunity to feel sexy and celebrate their bodies. For a night of burlesque fun, this is the spot in Bend this weekend.
The Lil Smokies + Brent Crowles
Sunday, Jan. 26 - 7 pm
Domino Room - 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
It's a night for folk rock in downtown Bend with these two touring acts. The Lil Smokies is a rising bluegrass band from Colorado, with new releases like “World’s On Fire” and “Carry Me”. They are supported by indie folk artist Brent Cowles, who released a new single “High To Low” last fall.
Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show - $22
Saturday, Jan. 25 - 6 pm to 10 pm
Midtown Ballroom - 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
This annual fundraiser for local schools is also a celebration of “upcycled” fashion. Reclaimed or upcycled fashion is the pursuit of reusing common rubbish and turning it into spectacular pieces of art. In addition to a live fashion show, there will be a silent auction and a gallery.
Queen: A Night at the Opera - $70
Saturday, Jan. 25 - 7:30 pm
Craterian Theater - 23 South Central Ave.
The recent revival of Queen’s place in pop culture, thanks to an Oscar-winning biopic and world tour by the British rock group, is still going strong. The Craterian Theater is doing its part by turning its Classic Albums Live Series into an operatic tribute to the band.
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe - $12
Sunday, Jan. 26 - 2 pm
North Medford High School Sjolund Auditorium - 1900 N Keene Way Dr.
In yet another chance to catch some local theater put on by students in Oregon this weekend, the C.S. Lewis tale of British children who discover Narnia is being put on by the North Medford High School theater department. “All shall be done, but it may be harder than you think.”
Saturday, Jan. 24 - 7 pm to 10 pm
Jefferson Spirits - 404 E Main St.
This show in downtown Medford will highlight Dead Lee, a folk duo based in Portland and a project of Brian Koch of Blitzen Trapper and singer/songwriter Kara Harris. The group will be playing multiple sets throughout the evening.
FRAA Winter Arts Festival - Free
Saturday, Jan. 25 - 10 am
Florence Events Center - 715 Quince St. - Florence, OR
This annual festival brings artists and artisans from all over the Oregon Coast to Florence for a marketplace and afternoon of demonstrations. Not only will there be the handcrafted, mercantile event happening downtown, but a music fest, also put on by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, is happening all day, too.
Oregon Coast Film Fest - $15
Friday, Jan 24 & Saturday, Jan. 25 - 7 pm to 9 pm
Egyptian Theatre - 229 S Broadway - Coos Bay, OR
This celebration of Oregon films and filmmakers is a weekend-long affair at the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay. Not only will there be screenings of local films, but also discussion sessions with the directors and producers themselves.
Tribute to 90’s Grunge and Alt Music - $5 - (21+ show)
Saturday, Jan. 25 - 9:30 pm
Labor Temple Bar - 934 Duane St. - Astoria, OR
Bring your nicest (or patchiest) flannel and your whitewashed jeans for this show, which will see local tribute band Schwing pay homage to the decade of grunge, gangster rap and electronica.
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