Social Distancing Roundup - Aug. 14. 2020

As usual, we did the tedious work of scouring the internet for local arts events so that you don’t have to. Here’s the roundup of safe, socially distanced events happening near you, no matter where you are in Oregon.

There are more big-name concerts happening via free livestream this weekend, including The Lumineers in Portland. Local music is hitting wineries and bars, including a Prince tribute in Astoria. Just like the last few weeks, pop-up drive-ins all over the state are providing moviegoers with a safe space to catch a flick. Check out all this and more below, and be sure to share this events roundup with the art-lovers in your life.

Have a safe and fun weekend, Curbsiders.



The Lumineers - Free

Friday, Aug. 14 - 10 pm

Moda Center - Portland, OR (Remote Livestream)

The Lumineers have always had a warm welcome in Portland’s indie-centric music scene but this show is bound to be unlike any they’ve ever played. Just like the big names touring all over the world right now, the Colorado indie folk group will be performing via remote livestream this weekend, with the performance hosted at the Moda Center. Be sure to register online beforehand and look for open streams, as these performances have a limit on the number of devices that can connect.

Jim James - Free

Friday, Aug. 14 - 8 pm to 11 pm

Salem Pavilion - Salem, OR (Remote Livestream)

Jim James, frontman and songwriter of My Morning Jacket, is touring around the country with original solo music (though, some of his work with the famous Louisville, KY rock group is sure to make an appearance). James has roots here in the Pacific Northwest, even recording albums for MMJ and his solo project with local producers and recording studios. He has two Oregon performances slated this weekend, so be sure to catch one of these streams for some bluesy, folksy rock.

Multicultural Day Reimagined - Free

Saturday, Aug. 15 - 10 am to 2 pm

Remote Locations - Salem, OR

Under normal circumstances, the Oregon State Capitol transforms once a year into a space to celebrate the many cultures that make up the people of our state. Live dances, demonstrations, music, speakers and local merchants are all a feature, though this year is reimagined as a virtual experience. Learn a little bit about other peoples while enjoying some great cultural arts this weekend -- all from the comfort of your own home.



Steve Hopkins // A Band Of Brothers

Friday, Aug. 14 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Bricktowne Brewing - 44 S Central Ave. - Medford, OR

Reservations are required at this concert to keep crowd sizes in line with social distancing. This night of local music will feature pop, jazz and rock played in this intimate brewery venue. Indoor concerts are risky these days, so use your best judgement on attending this one if things seem crowded.

Back To The Future - Pop-up Drive-in

Saturday, Aug. 15 - 7 pm to 10 pm

BendFilm Festival - Bend, OR (Location details in link)

With people unable to pack into movie theaters, audiences are starved for cinema. Luckily, local film heads and festival groups have joined forces all over the state to create pop-up drive-in movie theaters -- providing safe spaces for people to catch a flick. That means spots tend to go fast, however, so if you’d really like to attend this one some weekend, you should bookmark it and buy tickets for an upcoming show. This weekend is Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 classic, Back To The Future.

Safe Summer Nights

Friday, Aug. 14 - 5:30 pm to 8 pm

Crater Lake Distillery - 19330 Pinehurst Rd. - Bend, OR

Bend folk act Appaloosa has been doling out “High Desert Americana” for years now and they bring their talents to the Distillery stage for a night of outdoor socially distanced music. Masks are required at this event and those looking to attend should bring their own seating or blankets for the lawn.

Erotic City - Prince Tribute - $50+

Saturday, Aug. 15 - 7pm to 10 pm

Merry Time Bar & Grill - 995 Marine Dr. - Astoria, OR

Prince was one of the most notable musicians the world lost in 2016, which is saying something for the year that also saw David Bowie, Leonard Cohen AND George Michael pass (to name just a few). People around the world still celebrate Prince’s life and music with tributes like this show on the Northern Oregon Coast. Local tribute band Erotic City will be paying homage to the man who was also a symbol with a night that’s sure to feature all of his greatest hits and some rare deep cuts. The ticket price is high to keep away the crowds and keep things safe, but those who can afford it can go “party like it’s 1999.” That was a good year. Prince was still alive.

Nick Garrett-Powell

Sunday, Aug. 16 - 3 pm to 5 pm

RoxAnn Winery - 3283 Hillcrest Rd. - Medford, OR

RoxAnn Winery is keeping its outdoor summer concert series going with even more local music. This weekend features the acoustic stylings of Nick Garrett-Powell, who brings covers and original works to the stage. There’s no cover, but reservations are required to limit crowd sizes.


Got a safe, socially distanced event or livestream coming up that you want people to know about? Let us know so we can feature it in an upcoming events roundup. Be sure to share this article with your fellow Oregonians to let them know what's happening on their streets.

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