With the mandatory closures and cancellations of nearly every live arts event in Oregon this spring, Curbside’s weekly events roundups fell by the wayside, too. Now, as restrictions are slowly being lifted and artists find new ways to spread their work in their communities.
We still want to be responsible and safe, however, so we are only going to highlight events that clearly adhere to and take precautions regarding proper social distancing. That means, predominantly, livestreamed events and outdoor performances. As such, we’ve got a smaller sampling than usual and we’ve broken our selections down based on the type of performance.
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Live From 45: Delta Heavy // Hal V & Spacecase // ATL
Friday, June 26 - 7 pm
Remote Livestream - 45 East - Portland, OR
For those looking to dance the night away, safely, this livestream show hosted by 45 East will have plenty of club jams for you to get down to in the comfort of your own home. British drum & bass duo Delta Heavy will top a bill that also features PNW acts like Hal V & Spacecase and ATL. Who says you can’t rave during quarantine?
Zoom Sing For All - Free
Every other Friday until Aug. 7 - 7 pm to 8 pm (pre-reg required)
Being cooped up at home doesn’t mean you can’t still make great local art with fellow creators in your community. In just one of the many awesome remote jam sessions you can find in Oregon, this scheduled sing-along event is for those who have a good (or bad) set of pipes they want to show off. Preregistration is required for this event hosted on Zoom.
Alicia Viani Online CD Release
Friday, June 26 - 7 pm
Remote - Bend, OR
Even if we can’t physically go out to concerts in these strange times, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still ways to directly show support for artists and celebrate new work. This livestream event proves it, as local folk and bluegrass acts join forces for a concert in honor of Alicia Viani and her debut album out of Parkway Sounds Recording Studio. Whatever proceeds don’t go to pay the acts will be donated to BOLD, according to the event page.
Front Row w/ Gyspy Soul
Saturday, June 27 - 6 pm
Remote - Facebook Live Event - Medford, OR
Medford’s Gypsy Soul has been rockin’ out the blues for years, and a little social distancing can’t stop this party. This livestream, via Facebook Live, will provide soulful songs and a high-energy atmosphere that you didn’t realize you could get from a remote performance. Tune in no matter where you are.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Saturday, June 27 -
Remote Livestream Event - Coos Bay, OR
The folks at So It Goes Coffeehouse in Coos Bay are reimagining live theatre with this streaming performance of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. The online event hosted through Facebook Live will be completely free -- yes, free! -- and feature an entirely local production. Support live, local arts the safe way by participating in this awesome local performance.
Social Distancing Events
Saturday, June 27 - 1 pm to 4 pm
Cubanismo Vineyards - 1754 Best Rd. NW - Salem, OR
Outdoor venues provide the lowest level of transmission risk for large gatherings of strangers, so this airy show at beautiful Cubanismo Vineyards outside Salem will provide a responsible option for those looking for live music to physically attend this weekend. That said, everyone should still be bringing protective masks and maintaining safe social distancing. Salem neo-funk band The Ferenjis will be making their return in an up-tempo show you're sure to love.
Garth Brooks Live - Drive-in Event
Friday, June 26 - 9:30 pm
99W Drive-in - Newberg, OR
This is a bit of a hybrid event, since you get to physically attend an event but it’s being performed from a remote location. Country legend Garth Brooks is making “More Than A Memory” with this first-of-its-kind livestreamed concert that will be shown in over 300 venues all across the country. The local one is hosted by one of the nation’s last remaining drive-in movie theaters, right here in the Willamette Valley. Talk about a clever way to practice safe social gathering while supporting a dying American tradition. Expect other mega-acts to do something similar to this style of show this year.
Old Doverlaff Songwriters Circle
Friday, June 26 - 5 pm
Doverlaff Songwriters Circle - 7326 SE Woodward St. (Portland, OR)
For those who want a more in-person jam this weekend than what a livestream can offer, consider attending this laid-back gathering in Portland. Performers will be spread out safely and masks will be required, so check out this freewheeling session in a community music venue.
Johnny Bourbon // The Shining Dimes
Saturday, June 27 - 8 pm
Volcanic Theatre Pub - 70 SW Century Dr. - Bend, OR
Bend has got plenty of social distancing options, including at the Volcanic Theatre Pub, which has turned into a breezy, open-air venue during these times of pandemic restriction. This night features a pairing of bluesy country with local acts Johnny Bourbon and The Shining Dimes. Advanced ticket sales are required to keep track of occupancy.
Live Music Patio Series
Thursday, June 25 - Saturday, June 27 - 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Cabin 22 - 22 SW Century Dr. - Bend, OR
In one of the few music festivals still going on during COVID, Bend has this patio festival at Cabin 22 that will feature multiple nights of local acts. Genres will vary by day, and those with a more bluegrass persuasion should aim for Friday night.
8th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 27 - All Day
Crux Fermentation Project - 50 SW Division St. - Bend, OR
Oregon’s microbrewery trend has had plenty of success stories, including Crux Fermentation Project out of Bend. Celebrate the company’s 8th anniversary with this open-air concert that’s kicking out the jams all day long.
Open Mic Night Returns
Saturday, June 27 - 4 pm to 6 pm
Shula Morgan Music - 540 N Holly St. - Medford, OR
Gathering restrictions are being lifted all over Oregon, allowing recurring showcases to once again become spaces for people to express and create. That’s the case with this open mic in Medford, hosted by local music instructor Shula Morgan. Don’t make local businesses regret opening their doors back up to the public -- be safe and considerate with your attendance.
Kissing Fish Paint Party
Saturday, June 27 - 2:30 pm to 5 pm
Beach Club and Event Center - 2020 NE 22nd St. (Lincoln City, OR)
If you’re looking for some visual arts rather than performative ones this weekend, check out this paint-along on the Central Oregon Coast. While stations will be spread out all over the spacious event center, masks are still required at all indoor gatherings, per Oregon’s latest executive order.
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