It's mid-November and the days are getting shorter as the temperature continues to drop. But there's still some great art happening all over the state.
Check out great events happening in your area, plus share this with your friends on social media and let them know what's going on in their streets!
Sea Caves, Lee and the Bees, Jame Doe - $10
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 9 pm to 2 am
Bunk Bar - 1028 SE Water Ave.
What a line up! Three melodic bands that will certainly put a smile on your face. Both Sea Caves and Lee and the Bees have amazingly folky female vocals that are beautiful.
This is a homecoming show for Jame Doe, since the group just got back from its first tour. We got an interview with Jame Doe that we will have available in the next few days.
Frontman Jake Moffett's voice is one of a kind. In a previous write-up we described his sound, "Slow and emotional, his music has a massive presence. Jake's voice is electrifying, with a range that is haunting and sends shivers down your spine within five seconds of listening." Overall this is going to be a dang good show.
Gem Faire- $7
Friday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov 17- Times Vary
Oregon Convention Center - 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Gem, fossil, and rock lovers unite! These precious Earthen beauty's are proof that geology rocks!
"Fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, minerals, gold & silver, fossils & much more at manufacturer's prices. Exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing while you shop. Free hourly door prizes. Displays & demos by Portland Bead Society."
Bocha, Harvee Bird, Rose City MissChief - $5 to $10 Sliding Scale
Friday, Nov. 15 - 8:30 pm to 11:59 pm
The Cobra Lounge - 2027 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Bocha, a hard-hitting and bassy rapper from Portland, will be playing with Harvee Bird and Spoken word hip-hop artist Rose City MissChief. Harvee Bird is described as “a culmination of styles and musical influences spanning R&B, hip-hop, poetry over post rock guitar riffs, rebel hooks and trap beats.” Rose City MissChief is a blend of spoken word poetry and hip-hop that mixes her powerful poetry with punchy hip-hop that is reminiscent of the 90’s.
Beautiful Dudes, Sadgasm, D. Fox
Friday, Nov. 15 - 9 pm to 12 am
The Governor’s Cup Coffee Roasters - 471 Court St. NE
Salem will be in for some great rock this weekend. Beautiful Dudes, a California-based band will be playing alongside Sadgasm and D. Fox. Sadgasm is self-described as an emo/pop punk band who, with songs like “Car Crash” and “Barnyard Fun”, have been rocking Salem for the last few years. D. Fox doesn’t seem to have any real online presence that we could find, but they will probably be good as well.
"When Beautiful Dudes’ frontman Tom Bevitori wrote the songs for their sophomore album Radio, he found himself finally confronting the demons of his past. Covering his own relapse, feelings of disconnection and abandonment, the opioid epidemic, and facing America’s upswing of reactionary politics; Bevitori and the Dudes captured these serious topics the best way they knew: heavy riffs, catchy hooks, and an eye on catharsis. A deep dive, though, reveals acutely vulnerable lyrics that contrast wildly with the band’s brazen sound." - Beautiful Dudes’ Spotify
Wild Ire, Sweet N’ Juicy, Easy There Tiger - $5
Friday, Nov. 15 - 8 pm to 11 pm
Venti’s Cafe + Basement Bar
Wild Ire, one of Salem’s premiere alt-rock bands, will be playing at Venti’s alongside Sweet N’ Juicy and Easy There Tiger.
Sweet N’ Juicy is a genuinely fun band. With songs like “Eat, Sleep, Fuck” and “Nefertitipharoahsandramundusifilopolis” this band is here to bring you a smile. According to their bio, “individual members have been on Warped Tour, MTV, High Times Magazine, co-written music with Blondie, and have been session musicians for dozens of records.” An impressive track record with even more impressive funk.
Wild Ire has quickly become one of Salem's most successful bands. Songs like “Ragtime Girl” have racked up over 240,000 plays on Spotify, and they have over 9,800 monthly listeners. Their sound has matured into something a bit different nowadays, but they are still bringing in crowds like few can.
Easy There Tiger is a punchy, instrumental band from Portland, who describes their sounds as funk rock with “a fresh taste of funk, jazz, and post-rock elements”. Though instrumental, they are able to grab the attention of the listener with their unique style.
Friday, Nov. 15 - 5 pm to 7 pm
Noisette Pastry Kitchen - 200 W. Broadway St.
All Ages and Identities Welcome
A lot of the events we end up posting, though unintentional, do incorporate an environment that promotes drinking. So this is a perfect event to relax from the near-constant social drinking world we are surrounded by as a culture.
“Join us for a new Trans*Ponder monthly Sober Social Hour! This is a monthly gathering for those who identify as trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, gender diverse, gender questioning, AND our allies. This is a place to socialize while sober, no matter your ongoing relationship with substance use. Come hang out, meet new people, connect with old friends, and help us build a better sense of community here in Eugene. No cover for this event, please support this amazing space by getting food or a beverage if you can.
This is a trans/gender diverse dedicated event. No gender or sexuality policing will occur and all are welcome to enjoy!”
Big Freedia, Low Cut Connie, Boyfriend - $25 ($27 Day Of Show)
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 8 pm to 11:30 pm
The WOW Hall - 291 W 8th Ave.
Big Freedia is a powerhouse of bounce. Her bio describes her sound saying, “A veteran of the New Orleans music scene who took the city’s bounce music movement national around 2010, the flamboyant diva known as Big Freedia became the mainstream face of bounce, delivering high-energy, body-positive, and LGBTQ-empowering anthems.” Her song “Karaoke,” which features Lizzo, has over 7 million plays on Spotify, and she is featured on Dillon Francis’ new single “Bawdy”.
Low Cut Connie is an impressive rock band, with credentials that would make anyone jealous. According to the band’s bio on Spotify, “Low Cut Connie made their network television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers where they performed the rollicking album opener ‘All These Kids Are Way Too High.’ That following month, the band, who can already count Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and Nick Hornby as fans, received a shoutout from Sir Elton John.” You know you are doing well when Sir Elton John likes your music.
Boyfriend defies one description. Her music has been described as “high-concept booty bass” by Rolling Stone, and she has been described as a “mysterious, raunchy, feminist rapper” by NPR. The bass in her music hits harder than a lot of dubstep, and has to be heard to appreciate the complicated sound she achieves. Her Facebook bio explains it best, “Perhaps, like the Grand Canyon, Boyfriend is best witnessed in the flesh.”
Friday, Nov. 15 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Crux Fermentation Project - 50 SW Division St.
Porch Light is a folk band from Idaho who brings a simple, joyful folk experience that will warm you up during this cold season. Check them out and enjoy some good beer from the Crux Fermentation Project.
“Six feet deep in the brutally cold Idaho winter, members of Porch Light first came together to create a space for warmth and connection through music in the Wood River Valley. These whiskey-soaked evenings inspired an earnest exchange of original lyrics that eventually became the honey-sweet harmonies and thoughtful folk songs found on their debut EP.”- Porch Light
The Color Study “Dead Leaves” Single Release - No Cover
Friday, Nov. 15 - 7 pm to 10 pm
The Brown Owl - 550 SW Industrial Way, Suite 120
Come out and enjoy the “sonic epic-ness” of The Color Study. They are an alternative folk band based in Oregon, who have a lot to offer. Their complex mix of alt-rock and folk brings a depth of sound that is as thrilling as it is expressive. They are debuting their new single “Dead Leaves” this Friday.
Comedy at the Beach Club and Event Center- $10
Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 pm
Beach Club and Event Center - 2020 NE 22nd St. - Lincoln City, OR 97367
Come out for some laughs with comedians Nariko Ott and Shain Brenden. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show begins at 8 pm.
Troll, Robots Of The Ancient World, Heavy Priest - $5
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 9 pm
Charlie’s Chop House - 934 Duane St.1313 Marine Drive - Astoria, OR 97103
Come on down to Charlie’s Chop House for a night of metal! Robots Of The Ancient World is a doom/stoner metal band that is heavy. Heavy Priest is an Astoria-based band that describes their sound as “heavy gothic western”, which ends up being a truly interesting mix. Troll is a progressive doom metal band from Portland, that uses their heavy, yet methodical sound to weave mystical stories of dragons, witches, trolls and evil. This is the last stop for Troll’s tour.
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