As usual, we did the work of scouring the internet for local events so you don’t have to. Here’s what’s going on Oregon this weekend:
As music venues and artists reimagine how to engage with their fans and perform safely, the whole concert industry is starting to return, albeit in a very different way than we’re used to. While many of us are missing out on in-person performances (and state orders once again begin to limit crowd sizes) the silver lining to all this turmoil is getting the chance to watch some of the biggest acts coming through Oregon for free.
Many big-name musicians are making stops at Oregon venues, streaming the whole thing live at no cost to viewers. Benefit shows are cropping up all over, with charity drives supporting local food banks, businesses and frontline medical workers -- all providing ways that we can support the arts and get through these tumultuous times.
This week’s events roundup features both remote performances and in-person shows, no matter where you are in the state. Until the pandemic is better under control, we will only be using this space to highlight events that clearly adhere to and communicate their efforts to maintain safe social distancing. If you or someone you know has an event coming up that you’d like featured in an upcoming events roundup, hit us up on our website at curbsidepress.org or let us know in the comments below.
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Have a safe and fun weekend, Curbsiders.
Luke Bryan: Proud To Be Right Here
Friday, July 24 - 7 pm to 10 pm
Les Schwab Amphitheatre - 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.
The first of many free, livestreamed concerts hits Oregon Friday night with this virtual performance of country crooner Luke Bryan at the Les Schwab Amphitheatre. Even with the outdoor venue, it seems like attendance will be restricted and the concert will mostly be shown live online. For those looking to jam out to some party country, check out this show in Bend.
Megadeth - Free
Sunday, July 26 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Moda Center - 1 N Center Court St. - Portland, OR
Now that the concert industry has shifted to virtual performances for the rest of this year, tons of acts are following suit, providing Oregonians all over the state a chance to see shows they might not typically be able to attend. Thrash metal icons Megadeth are bringing their metal (and so much hair) to the Moda Center in this livestreamed performance of the night. The stream, provided via EventFlix, is live and totally free. You won’t have to be “Sweating Bullets” watching from the comfort of your own livingroom.
Deftones - Free
Monday, July 27 - 7 pm to 9 pm
Moda Center - Portland, OR
While it’s not a weekend event, Sacramento-born hard rock act Deftones is joining the fray of free livestreamed concerts in the next week. The band has been showcasing its funky time signatures and experimental concept albums for decades, earning tons of progressive rock cred in the indsutry. With a Monday evening showtime, this is a heavy way (musically, speaking) to start of your week.
Crafty Wonderland - Free
Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 - 5 pm to 7 pm & 11 am to 1 pm
After spring arts and craft markets got cancelled, many local artists and makers took a big hit. But local organizers put together this virtual craft market, complete with live demonstrations and performances, too. Items can be ordered throughout the event, so show some love for local crafters who haven’t had the benefit of in-person marketplaces.
SOCIAL DISTANCING EVENTS
Sparrow Street Show - Free
Friday, July 24 - 6 pm
The Astoria Column - 1 Coxcomb Dr. - Astoria, OR
The local Sparrow Dance Company is gathering at this historic Oregon landmark for a performance of numerous dances that include salsa, samba and Irish fusion. This outdoor event encourages masks of all attendees, as well as safe six-foot distancing. Come out and support local dancers while taking in the sites of the beautiful Northern Oregon Coast this weekend.
Jared Gutridge at Downtown Market
Friday, June 24 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Downtown Market Co. - 123 E Main St. - Medford, OR
For solo acoustic music in an outdoor patio setting, Southern Oregonians should check out this intimate concert in downtown Medford. Jared Gutridge has been playing gigs all over the Rogue Valley for years now, bringing his John Meyer-esque originals (and covers) to venues just like this one. For a night of laid-back and low-key listening, this is a good way to start the weekend.
Silvan Ridge Outdoor Concerts
Friday, July 24 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Silvan Ridge Winery - 27012 Briggs Hill Rd. - Eugene, OR
Local wineries all over Oregon are hosting outdoor concerts to accompany their tastings, but Silvan Ridge deserves the shout-out for partnering with local charities, which receive 100 percent of the proceeds from their Friday night concert series this summer, according to the event page. Reserve tickets are required in order to keep attendance manageable, and it’s important to still practice safe social distancing, even outdoors. Sip on some vino, enjoy some tunes and support local relief efforts all at once.
Sunday Slow Roll - Free
Sunday, July 26 - Noon to 3 pm
This isn’t something you can just go attend, but it is an outdoor musical performance that you can vibe to on a sunny Sunday afternoon. These slow-rolling tunes, spun by a local DJ out of the back of a vehicle that cruises all over the neighborhood, are courtesy of the City of Eugene. There will also be a livestream of the fun that you can access from the Cultural Services website.
Lincoln City Farmers & Crafters Market
Sunday, July 26 - 9 am to 2 pm
Lincoln City Cultural Center - 540 NE Hwy 101 - Lincoln City, OR
Outdoor marketplaces were up in the air for a while there (pun intended... ), especially in Lincoln County, where an outbreak of new COVID cases shot up when the state first lifted gathering restrictions in May. Luckily, people adapted quickly and this open-air showcase of local wares requires masks of all attendees and vendors, and there is plenty of hand sanitizer around. If things are too crowded in Lincoln City, you can try the Farmer’s Market right down the road in Newport, too, as a way of supporting local art on the coast.
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