Fall is going to test Oregon’s art scene to limit. During spring and summer, it was easier for venues to convert to outdoor seating and adhere to health protocols. But as cooler weather sets in and the rains become more frequent, things are going to get decidedly harder for everyone. That’s why we should all take the opportunity to catch some local shows and support Oregon businesses as much as possible. We’re helping you do that with this roundup of socially distanced events this weekend, happening all over the state.
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Hawthorne Heights: The Stay Home Tour - $12
Saturday, Oct. 10 - 8 pm
Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR (Remote)
If we’re honest with ourselves, many of our 2006 ‘emo phases’ never really ended, and this year of isolation has a lot of us tapping into our angstier tastes. This remote show will let you step right back into that teenage nostalgia as Hawthorne Heights, darlings of the mid-aughts emo punk scene, are fittingly bringing their talents to The Hawthorne in Portland. The show will feature a virtual audience, with viewers who paid extra for the privilege to be featured in the “crowd” at the show. Expect melodic choruses that will have you singing along in your living room.
Friday, Oct. 9 - 9 pm
Holocene - Portland, OR (Remote)
Careful, you might have read that wrong. This isn’t a screening of a cult classic 2006 film starring Jack Black, but rather NOCHE Libre, a night of remote performances that feature music from specific Central and South American regions. This weekend’s highlight brings you grooves inspired by the Chiquitos region of Bolivia, featuring DJs Lapaushi and La Tati.
Abagama Desi Mic Nights
Friday, Oct. 9 - 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Portland, OR (Remote)
The purpose of these annually recurring open mic nights is to give people of all cultures a chance to perform in whatever language they want. This year’s events feature a fully virtual showcase and this week’s is a highlight of work by and for children. Check out the Abagama organization’s page and consider supporting them in other ways to keep this cool artistic showcase going for all Oregonians to enjoy.
Pigface - $15
Saturday, Oct. 10 - 5 pm
Dante’s - Portland, OR (Remote)
While we will refrain from repeating the full name of this tour here in this family-friendly roundup setting, the message of this show is positive. This event not only encourages people to stay home, it demands it. The supergroup Pigface, formed by former Ministry drummer Martin Atkins, is playing from their own home and streaming the set live for all to enjoy (those who buy a ticket, that is). While patrons at Dante’s bar will get to watch the proceedings “in person” and on a big screen, this is an event that begs you to do your part in stopping COVID by just staying home.
Saturday, Oct. 10 - 7 pm to 9 pm
Portland, OR (Remote)
No, you're not seeing Roman numerals, that acronym stands for the latest of an annual showcase by My Voice Music, a youth music organization that provides kids with access to music lessons and resources. This year’s installment will feature remote performances by some of the group’s talented young artists, as well as live auctions to provide direct support for this neat and valuable resource for kids during a pandemic.
SOCIAL DISTANCING EVENTS
Haunted Corn Maze - $13
All Weekend - 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Fordyce Farm - 7023 Sunnyview Rd. NE - Salem, OR
Oh, yes, the haunted capers of October are just beginning and this week kicks off this spooky event. This haunted corn maze runs throughout the month, setting the monsters loose on you as you try to find your way out of a custom corn maze. This local farm right outside of Salem provides an opportunity for some outdoor fun for all in the Mid-Willamette Valley this weekend, though little children are not the target audience here.
Oaks Park Haunted Drive Thru - $70
Friday, Oct. 9 - 7 pm
Oaks Amusement Park - 7085 SE Oaks Park Way - Portland, OR
Drive-thru events provided people with safe ways to watch movies, go to concerts and even graduate from high school this year, so it’s cool to see this socially distanced tradition continue for the Halloween season. The folks at historic Oaks Park have teamed up with ScareGrounds to create a frightening course of scares and monsters for the whole family to enjoy. While the ticket price is spendier than some other haunted house options you’re likely to find, this is an immersive and interactive event, where trained actors and special effects go off all around your vehicle as you’re placed dead in the center of the action. Er, poor choice of words maybe. . .
Free Standup Comedy
Friday, Oct. 9 - 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The Yard Food Park - 4106 State St. - Salem, OR
This downtown food court is turning into a live comedy space, featuring jokes served up over the entire month of October. Including sets by nationally touring comedians like Carl Lee as well as local talents and youth acts, this is a free showcase that proves how October doesn’t just have to be for scaring each other, but also for making each other laugh. The material is guaranteed to be “clean or cleanish.”
Saturday, Oct. 10 - 7 pm
WildCraft Cider Works - 232 Lincoln St. - Eugene, OR
The pleasant and rustic folk sounds of Shook Twins pairs perfectly with some pressed cider and Oregon’s penchant for americana music. For a bucolic listening experience that also provides cider to imbibe and food to fill up on, this is the musical event of the weekend in Eugene. OK, we’ll cool it on the wordplay a bit. We want you reading this site, not going off to find a dictionary.
Save The Music Concert Series
Saturday, Oct. 10 - 4 pm to 7 pm
Silver Moon Brewing - 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
This weekly concert series is making sure live music stays alive and kicking in Bend, with outdoor patio seating and a small stage for local musicians to play from. This weekend will feature up-tempo Bend rock band Slade & The Hatchet and another local act to be announced. Show support for musicians that are still getting back into the swing of things following COVID by coming out and, safely, enjoying some music.
Friday, Oct. 9 - 6 pm to 8 pm
Worthy Brewing - 495 NE Bellevue Dr. - Bend, OR
The other recurring outdoor showcase in Bend right now is the larger stage of Worthy Brewing, which serves up live and in-person shows as well as livestreams and recordings of the night posted on social media the following day. This weekend’s performance comes from local group Shady GroOove, which makes an eclectic mix of classical, folk, blues and jazz music. This free and all ages event will wrap up early, a perfect way to start off a weekend.
Breath of Bluegrass (And Pizza) Friday, Oct. 9 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Dunbar Farms - 2881 Hillcrest Rd. - Medford, OR
When fall has us all tapping into those rustic feelings, outdoor harvest settings pair perfectly with bluegrass music. Local musician John Galloway is serving up the tunes and pizza will also be served up using local, organic ingredients from Dunbar Farms and surrounding Rogue Valley properties. Breathe in a deep, refreshing breath of autumn at this Southern Oregon shindig.
Second Saturday Art Walk
Saturday, Oct. 10 - All Day
Downtown - Astoria, OR
Every second Saturday of the month, Astoria’s historic downtown celebrates local artists and businesses by turning whole city blocks into a walking art gallery -- with local painters, photographers, musicians and performers featured at venues all over town. Some related artists and exhibitions this weekend include Doug Whitfield’s Hanky Panky paintings series, Vaulted Gallery’s exhibit on Jen Crowe’s oil paintings, and photographs by Deliliah Anaya.
Friday, Oct. 9 - 7 pm to 10 pm
Three Rivers Casino - 5647 Hwy 126 - Florence, OR
Local jazz band Wild Rose will dole out pleasant and complex background music for diners at Three Rivers Casino in Florence this weekend. The show is a double feature this weekend, so if you can’t make it on Friday consider showing up on Saturday evening instead.
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