On the cover of your Sizzling Summer Shows this week:

Toothbone! Check out their upcoming show under Wednesday’s picks and read more about Toothbone, LiquidLight and Schwaggers.
Photo courtesy of Kirk Kalbfleisch


Thursday, July 19 Tempest Gold at The Big Legrowlski

Tempest Gold was founded by Chris El-korek in early 2017. Fans of artists Echo & The Bunnymen, Robyn Hitchcock, & Love and Rockets will find themselves on familiar ground here. El-korek’s songwriting centers around themes of the subconscious, interconnectedness, struggle and triumph. His stories are not just one’s personal observations and moments but experiences shared by all. Shifting between full band arrangements and solo acoustic songs, Tempest Gold lives as an ongoing project welcoming a variety of collaborators.

Tempest Gold at The Big Legrowlski
The Big Legrowlski
812 NW Couch Street, Portland
Thurs, July 19th
8:30 pm | Free?


Friday, July 20 – Sunday July 22 38th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival!

This is a North Portland music festival staple, and also the longest running jazz/blues fest ​west of the Mississippi River. It’s a great way to experience the rich dimensions of jazz in all it’s offshoots and iterations while sprawled on the grassy slopes of Cathedral Park, shaded by the Gothic arches of the St. Johns Bridge. The lineup is always fun and funky, featuring local talent and community favorites, like Portland blues legend Norman Sylvester. Check it out one day – or all three! – to drink in terrific music, experience the hospitality of North Portland, and support local businesses.

38th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival!
Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon
Fri, July 20th – Sun July 22nd
​FREE | All Ages




Saturday, July 21 – Sunday, July 22 PDX PopNow! Festival 2018

BACK AT IT FOR THE 15TH YEAR! Servin’ up yet another FREE and ALL-AGES two-day festival with buckets of local music. See you under the bridge this July!

– Street Fair
– Rigsketball
– Food Carts

Saturday, July 21 ———–

12 p.m. – DJ Max
12:40 p.m. – Jojo Scott
1:20 p.m. – Rahim Thornhill
2 p.m. – KayelaJ
2:40 p.m. – Miss Rayon
3:20 p.m. – Seamoss
4 p.m. – Máscaras
4:40 p.m. – Psychic Rites
5:20 p.m. – Gardener
6 p.m. – Bryson Cone
6:40 p.m. – Moorea Masa & The Mood
7:20 p.m. – Omari Jazz
8 p.m. – Lenore.
8:40 p.m. – Mr. Wrong
9:20 p.m. – Conditioner Disco Group
10 p.m. – Small Skies
10:40 p.m. – Fountaine (
11:20 p.m. – Blackwater Holylight (

Sunday, July 22 ———–

12 p.m. – My Voice Music youth band
12:40 p.m. – AMP Band
1:20 p.m. – IEImpress and BLK + IVY
2 p.m. – Petite
2:40 p.m. – Hair Puller
3:20 p.m. – STAR CLUB
4 p.m. – VanityProject
4:40 p.m. – Robin Bacior
5:20 p.m. – DPD (Dead Phone Dummiez)
6 p.m. – Ritual Veil
6:40 p.m. – Nick Normal
7:20 p.m. – Nasalrod
8 p.m. – Dan Dan
8:40 p.m. – Donte Thomas (
9:20 p.m. – Ural Thomas & the Pain

Want to get involved? Visit our volunteer sign up sheet here:

PDX Pop Now! is a non-profit organization dedicated to making music all ages and accessible. We are run entirely by volunteers, from the board members down to the bands playing the festival.

Festival Art Courtesy of Jodie Beechem

226 SE Madison St, Portland
12 pm-11 pm




Friday, July 20 Melt, Plastic Cactus, Baywitch, Swamp Meat at Turn Turn Turn

Plastic Cactus plays “dark, desert surf-rock”. I would love to have known about this sooner!
Swamp Meat & Baywitch are touring together down the west coast and this is our last stop, sorry if we’re smelly! and what a perfect one with some of our favorite people in the world ♥

garage rockers right outta a house party scene in a cult-classic movie

Plastic Cactus
that sparkly surf sound in the distance u follow home to portland from being lost in the desert

Swamp Meat (SEA)
cosmic carnified-garage-psych

Baywitch (SEA)
Anti-surf Toon-doom

Melt, Plastic Cactus, Baywitch, Swamp Meat
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth St, Portland
Fri, July 20
8 pm | Free(?)



Friday, July 20 ​​Cambrian Explosion, Fortune’s Folly, ​​Kaiya on the Mountain at Mission Theater

​It’s amazing to see these three Oregon powerhouse bands in one lineup, so hustle over to the ​ ​McMenamins Mission Theater’s website and grab tickets before they sell out! It’s sure to be a wild night, with a mix of soaring mountain folk (Kaiya on the Mountain), cosmic sonic-scapes (​Cambrian Explosion) and musical mad-hattery (Fortune’s Folly). These bands always pack powerful, danceable, original music, with a keen sense of audience energy – and the knowledge of how to crank it up to a rafter-shaking 10. Bring your musical-minded friends, stomping shoes, and a joyful heart – you’ll need all three before the night is through.

​​Cambrian Explosion, Fortune’s Folly, ​​Kaiya on the Mountain
​​McMenamin’s Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, Oregon 97209
Fri, July 20th
​Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm | $10-$12 TICKETS
21+ ​





Our cover feature:

Wednesday, July 25 Toothbone, LiquidLight, Schwaggers at Alberta Street Pub

Catch killa, jazz-trained drummer, Kirk Kalbfleisch, in two performances with both Toothbone & Schwaggers this Wednesday night at Alberta Street Pub!

Toothbone is a 3-piece band hailing from Portland. They bring together an array of music from different genres creating a sound completely their own. Toothbone brings an energy to live shows not to be missed. All members have a background in improvisation which helps the band experiment and grow. Each new show has elements that previous did not, a constant supply of new material, and new ideas. No two Toothbone shows are the same!
Toothbone released a self titled full length album on February 7th, 2018, recorded in Portland, OR.

Recently selected as Portland Oregon’s 2015 Best Emerging Alt Rock Band by The Deli Magazine, LiquidLight has momentum and they aren’t stopping any time soon. Their recently released first full length album, Uninitiated, showcases a band with tremendous potential as a pop-rock
powerhouse. Referencing post-punk and alternative bands such as Husker Du and The Replacements, LiquidLight has been described as “melodic, thoughtful and jingle-jangly as well as shred-crazy and
powerful”. In an age where popular culture pushes to “out-extreme” the latest and greatest, LiquidLight pursues balance and clarity with respect to great rock tradition. With a high standard of execution, strong melodies and elements of psychedelic and alternative influences, the music conveys a new, yet referential optimism.


Schwaggers: A Very Serious Band

Schwaggers is a hard-rock fusion duo formed in 2017 in Los Angeles by brothers-in-law Christophe Filippi (vocals, guitars) & Kirk Kalbfleisch (drums, sampling); the name is derived from the German word for brother-in-law. Christophe is a French-born composer and music producer whose solo work combines traditional and modern sounds in music crossing over from classical to alternative. Kirk is a jazz-trained, versatile drummer who records and tours with artists such as Coco Columbia, World’s Finest, and Toothbone. Schwaggers’ music is a hard-rock base spiked with elements of the duo’s eclectic influences, which range across metal, jazz, funk, and even Corsican music. In an industry where image is everything, Schwaggers are all about being taken very seriously, which they tell the world through their very serious band photos and very serious music videos.

Toothbone, LiquidLight, Schwaggers at Alberta Street Pub
Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St, Portland
Wed, July 25th at
9 pm | $7 TICKETS



Wednesday, July 25 Naomi LaViolette and Dr. Larry Sherman, Neuroscientist collaboration for ‘Music and the Aging Brain: A Discussion and Concert’ at The Kiggins Theater, Vancouver

“Hi Friends, If you’re in the Portland/Vancouver area next Wednesday, you can hear me perform in a unique event at the Kiggins Theatre, called ‘Music and The Aging Brain.’ Dr. Sherman will share some fascinating info about neuroscience of the aging brain and music, and I will also perform music by Debussy, the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, and Steven Goodwin, from the Saving His Music project. I hope you can make it! Thanks for your continued support of my work as an artist, it means the world to me to share it with you!
love, peace and music, Naomi”

Naomi LaViolette and Dr. Larry Sherman, Neuroscientist collaboration for ‘Music and the Aging Brain: A Discussion and Concert’
The Kiggins Theater
1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA
Wed, July 25th
7 pm | $8-15 TICKETS



Nastacia V: Monday mornings 7 am-10 am you can find Nastacia behind the mic at PRP, getting your 9-5 work week starting with some blood pumping, happy jams and a healhty sampling of local artists!


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