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Concert Picks from Your PRP Team! (8/3-8/9)

Coming August 12th – The 2nd Annual Record Store Crawl (Sold Out, but read below for more details on how you can win the opportunity to crawl for free!)

Portland Radio Project is proud to be a partner for Portland’s 2nd annual Record Store Crawl. Join a group of vinyl enthusiasts and crate diggers as we are escorted on a coach bus from record store to record store enjoying music, food, drinks and fun on Saturday, August 12th!

For more information and a peek into the swag bag, check out the 2nd Annual Record Crawl article on PRP.fm.

The crawl is SOLD OUT but tune into Subculture with Veronica Bisesti on Wednesday, August 9th at 7 pm for a text-to-win opportunity to crawl for free!



Jen’s Picks:


Thurs, Aug 3rd “First Thursday: Cedar Teeth + Costume Shop Tours”
You know you love roots band Cedar Teeth. You know you love First Thursday. You know you love Portland Center Stage. On Thursday, you can enjoy all three, plus food and drinks!
Every First Thursday, PCS opens their doors to the community: whether you’re just strolling by, headed to a gallery down the street, or here for a show, come on in and join PCS for local music, snacks a-plenty, and a complimentary beer from our neighbors over at Deschutes.

Check out Cedar Teeth’s Drop-In Session on PRP.

First Thursday: Cedar Teeth + Costume Shop Tours
Portland Center Stage at The Armory
128 NW 11th Ave, Portland (Entrance on NW 10th)
Thursday, August 3rd
5-8 pm | Free
All Ages



Thurs, Aug 3 Thursday Swing! Featuring Baby & The Pearl Blowers, The Newport Nightingales at The Secret Society
Learn to swing dance in the most accepting, wonderful environment. Upon crossing the threshold of the very beautiful Secret Society, one feels as though they have taken a trip back in time. This lovely venue hosts a weekly swing dance lesson every Thursday with 2 live bands for only $8. (Why am I not doing this every week?) So after you hit up your First Thursday art rounds and check out Cedarteeth at PCS, be sure to make the short trip across the Broadway or the Steele and head to NE Russell. Secret Society is always worth the experience and the bands who play there are consistently impeccable. A Thursday must!

Thursday Swing! Featuring Baby & The Pearl Blowers, The Newport Nightingales at The Secret Society
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St, Portland
Thursday, August 3rd
6-8 pm | $8 (Cash only at the door!) Tickets



Fri, Aug 4 Coco Columbia at Unwind
Hot off performing at Pickathon, the very cool Coco Columbia will help us all beat the heat at PSM’s Friday Happy Hour event, “Unwind”. Check out Dana/Coco Columbia on Sounds of PDX. See the YouTube video “Weight On Limb” – it is so happy-making!
This FREE event is presented by Portland Saturday Market,

Unwind with Coco Columbia @ Portland Saturday Market
2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland
Friday, August 4th
Event at 4, Band at 5 pm | FREE


Tuesday, August 8 Front & Center
Basic Rights Oregon and our friends at the Artists Repertory Theater invite you to Front and Center, a performance benefit featuring queer and trans artists of color! The evening’s performances will run the gamut of performance art, spoken word, singing, and dancing. All proceeds from the evening will go to fund the racial justice and transgender justice programs at Basic Rights Oregon.
No one will be turned away from the event due to an inability to pay. If you require a comp ticket, please use the form below to request one. You can also sponsor a ticket for someone else to attend! This event is ADA accessible and ASL interpreted.
Featuring Monica ‘Spirit’ McIntyre | Geeta Lewis | Jaycen Marcus | Sunsong Firedancer

Front & Center
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison Street, Portland
Tuesday, Aug 8th
7-9 pm | $20-25 Tickets
All Ages!

You can catch Fresh Spins with Jen Em every Friday, 10 am – noon on PRP. Follow Fresh Spins with Jen Em on Facebook



Bob’s Pick:


Thurs-Sun, Aug 3-6 19th Annual Pickathon Music Festival
Bob says, “I love Pickathon. I love Pendarvis farm and its history. I used to go out there for jam nights back in early 2000’s. It is becoming quite the local destination musical event, with the talent always ratcheting up every year.”
Pickathon is off-the-chain; check out this line-up!

19th Annual Pickathon Music Festival
Pendarvis Farm
16581 SE Hagen Rd, Happy Valley, Oregon
Thursday-Sunday, August 3rd-6th


You can catch Throwin’ It Back Thursdays with Bob Knowles every Thursday morning from 7-10 am.


Sharon’s Pick:

Friday, August 4 Aldous Harding // Briana Marela On Roof Deck
Sharon says, “It’ll be a good show.”

Aldous Harding // Briana Marela On Roof Deck
Roof Deck at Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland
Friday, Aug 4th
7 pm | $12

Sharon G is on the airwaves every Wednesday morning from 7-10 am.



Luke’s Picks:


Friday, August 4 Tara Velarde, Kaiya On the Mountain, La Rivera at White Eagle
Three powerful PDX acts team up for a night of soul-nourishing music!

Tara Velarde | Indie Folk Songstress (Full Band)
“Portland singer-songwriter Tara Velarde fuses a wide range of vocals and Latin rhythms to create a concoction I can only describe as diva folk. In the course of one album, Velarde maneuvers her voice from feathery to spine-tingling. You could compare her to Ingrid Michaelson or Laura Marling, but she raises the bar for folk-pop with her experimental and multi-influential mash-ups within the genre.” – Kelsey Rankin (Eugene Weekly)

Kaiya On the Mountain | Folk Rock
“Kaiya on the mountain is a vibrant collection of genres that brings the best of folk-rock, singer-songwriter, and jam-blues together in one captivating project. This eclectic sound is delivered in a high energy live performance filled with emotion and raw talent. Kaiya On the Mountain is one of the most promising bands to emerge in 2016, and I look forward to many great things from them.” – Luke Neill (PDX Spotlight)

La Rivera | ArtHouse Psych-Pop
Hot off an appearance at Onion Music Festival 2017, “Rivera has the world’s most earnest and appealing tenor…should appeal to anyone from Dead and Santana fans to world beat aficionados, spaghetti western soundtrack listeners, and melody addicts” – Rob Cullivan (Portland Tribune)

The White Eagle
836 N Russell St, Portland
Friday, Aug 4th
9 pm | $8



Saturday, Aug 5 The Junebugs Album // Balto // Falcon Heart
The Junebugs are releasing their album “Brothers In Music”

8 pm Falcon Heart
9 pm Balto
10 pm The Junebugs Check out The Junebugs on The Portland Playlist with a Drop-In Session

When I (Jen) first read the description of The Junebugs, I first read, “Gender-bending folk-pop transplants…” instead of “Genre-bending”.

The Junebugs, Balto, Falcon Heart
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
Saturday Aug 5, 2017
8 pm | $10 adv/$13 door


Luke Neill is the voice of Sounds of PDX on PRP. Catch Sounds of PDX every Tuesday night from 7-9 pm, and the SPDX Listening Party every Thursday from 1-3 pm! Follow Sounds of PDX on Facebook



Inessa’s Picks:

August 4 Rock Hard PDX
Don’t miss The DC’s. A high energy tribute to AC/DC…the Bon Scott years! Be there when these guys tear through a power packed set of classic Bon Scott era AC/DC tunes. This band features Kelly LeMieux of Buckcherry, Doug Rappoport of The Edgar Winter Group, Stephen McSwain-“the Voice of Bon” and local Portland musicians Ryan Moore and Tommy Pierson.

Also on the bill is Metts, Ryan and Collins. If your idea of a real rock band for the 21st century is one that blends the swagger and bluesy elements of classic bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, alongside more recent bands like The White Stripes, Black Keys and Rival Sons, then let me introduce you to the power trio from Portland Oregon- Metts Ryan And Collins.

The DC’s // Metts, Ryan, & Collins // Recker
Rock Hard PDX
13639 SE Powell Blvd, Portland
Thursday, August 4th
8 pm | $8 / $10 day of show


Sat & Sun August 5-6 Indo Expo at the Portland Expo Center
“The INDO EXPO supports the growth of the Cannabis Industry by bringing together industry professionals from around the world. This full-spectrum Cannabis B2B event showcases hundreds of companies, brands, and product lines, representing equipment, lighting, nutrients, greenhouses, supplies, tools, lifestyle and ancillary companies, and services such as legal, HVAC, IT, packaging, labeling, security, and real estate firms, staffing, HR, brokers, consultants, and more.”

Indo Expo
Portland Expo Center
2060 N Marine Dr, Portland
Saturday, Aug 5th at 10 AM to Aug 6th at 4 PM



Aug 9 Sam Densmore opens for Monk Parker
“(Sam) Densmore’s pleasant voice and smartly succinct songwriting make for a strong and impressive double whammy. Moreover, Densmore plays a mean acoustic guitar and never degenerates into mushy cliché at any point…”

Monk Parker‘s song “Sadly Yes” was described as “Transcendentally melancholy expression… vintage & futuristic, glittery & morose, downright tragic… a masterpiece of heartbreak songs” by the Chicago Reader

Sam Densmore // Monk Parker
Bunk Bar
1028 SE Water Ave, Portland
Wed, Aug 9 at
9 pm | $8 Tickets


Inessa is the PRP Music Director and Creative Services and is responsible for many great blog posts, interviews and Drop-In Sessions. Follow Inessa on her blog.


Teri’s Pick:


Fred Meyer presents the 2017 Soulful Giving Blanket Concert on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Yoshida Gardenview Estate. This annual event supports the efforts of Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Providence Cancer Center – Oregon in fighting children’s cancer. It is a day-long celebration of music, food & drink, art, games, special guests and hope! This year’s music features:
12:30 – Dancehall Days
2:15 – Goldfoot
3:30 – Barracuda – The Essential Tribute to the band Heart / All Fired Up – The Pat Benatar Experience
5:15 – Haley Johnsen
6:45 – Stone In Love – Journey Tribute Band

2017 Soulful Giving Blanket Concert
Yoshida Gardenview Estate
29330 SE Stark St., Portland
Sat, Aug 5th
11:30 am – 8:30 pm | Tickets: $50/$100 | Tickets

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With a passion for music and a love of all things radio, Jen Emerson joined the PRP team in 2016. Jen’s musical involvement includes a long history of choral and jazz singing. She hosts "Fresh Spins with Jen Em" every Friday, 10 am-Noon
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