This week’s picks!

Jen’s picks:

Scott Pemberton Band is coming to the Doug Fir Lounge to celebrate the release of “Game Tapes, Vol. 1”, a brand new live album from their Spring West Coast Tour! They will have some friends making guest appearances throughout the night, so it’ll be a rocking good time! Asher Fulero will be kicking things off with a solo set, then SPB will play a long funky set.

Scott was a guest on Sounds of PDX, check out the podcast of his episode here.

Scott Pemberton Live Album Release Party @ Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St, Portland
Friday, June 2nd
9 pm | $15-18


Get your folk-pop fix with Tumbledown, Hammerhead and Kaiya on the Mountain live at Kelly’s Olympian.

9 pm: Kaiya On The Mountain
“Kaiya On The Mountain is one of the most promising bands to emerge in 2016.” ~ Luke Neill, PDX Spotlight/Sounds of PDX host
If Florence & The Machine and Alabama Shakes had a baby, Kaiya On The Mountain would be their love child. 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.

10 pm: Tumbledown
Tumbledown is best described as gritty and soulful folk rock. Take a journey through dark ballads, sweet love songs and rollicking road anthems, as the band draws from many genres to create an original sound that is simultaneously soft and sweet, and raucous and brooding. Tumbledown’s new EP, “In Between,” is available now.

11 pm: Hammerhead
Hammerhead is the indie-folk band consisting of Tyler Robson, Andrew Harrison and friends. Expect great storytelling, catchy hooks, raw lyrics, and talented musicianship, all filtered through two guys who love music but don’t take themselves too seriously. Check out their latest release, “Broken Poetry And Melatonin” available on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and CD Baby.

Kaiya on the Mountain, Tumbledown, Hammerhead @ Kelly’s Olympian
426 SW Washington St, Portland
Friday, June 2nd
9 pm | $7

Human Ottoman

Human Ottoman and Kulululu take the stage for a special performance. We will hear both band sets and their collaboration, Humulululuman.

9:00 Freeform DJ
10:00 Kulululu, Human Ottoman
12:00 Soul Dance Party w/ DJ Joshua Justice

Freeform Portland presents: Baker Sessions, vol. 3
Baker Building
5511 N Albina Ave, Portland
Saturday, June 3rd
9 pm | $5


The GLOW presented by Beat Parlor

Survival Skills, host of 89.1 FM KMHD’s ‘Beat Parlor’ brings the show to the stage with DJ sets and live production. A night of dance music steeped in electronic, house, future funk, and off-jazz beats. Join us and dance into the morning hours.

Nathan Detroit (Love in This Club / Nite Moves / Nathan Rede)

DJ Battles (Sean Battles)

DJ Roane (Zack Roane Taylor)


Survival Skills

DJ Jimbo

The GLOW: Electronic, House and Future Funk Dance Music
@ Holocene Portland
1001 SE Morrison Street, Portland
Saturday, June 3rd
9 pm | $5

Mbrascatu at Faeriecon

Mbrascatu at Faeriecon
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Mbrascatu is musical product of the creative melting pot of Portland, an indie rock band that draws from diverse European and American roots to create a unique signature sound. They will be playing in the intimate setting of the Atlantis Lounge at Mississippi Pizza Pub, joined by up-and-comers Lili St Anne. Good food, good friends, and almost certainly dancing! Mbrascatu helped get the crowd dancing at our recent Pop-Up Music Fest.

Mbrascatu, Lili St. Anne @ Mississippi Pizza Pub
3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
Saturday, June 3rd
9 pm | $5

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


Luke’s picks:

Camp Crush

Camp Crush is an exploration of new wave rock and melodic pop writing, fronted by forever sweethearts, Chris Spicer & Jen Deale. Weaving together a blend of current topics and whimsical and danceable pop melodies, Camp Crush makes you feel like you’re at the High School prom you wish you had.
Check out their latest music video here.

Camp Crush appeared on Sounds of PDX (as Santiam) – check out the podcast of that episode with Jen Deale & Chris Spicer here.


The Low Bones are a Roots Rock/Americana band based in Portland, Oregon. Their original songwriting recalls the country-rock sound of Gram Parsons, Camper Van Beethoven and Uncle Tupelo with enough classic rock to bring Tom Petty into the fray. Their songs evoke the dusty barrooms and taverns where bands sang stories that made you want to listen, laugh, cry, and dance. The Willamette Week affirms, ” Portland’s Low Bones’ distinctive sound sets them apart from the packed roots-rock crowd. Instrumentally tight and inspired”.

Straight-forward American rock with few frills, The Frequence musical influences range from 70’s era classic rock, to punk, to the blues. Eric Pastoral (guitar), Todd Murphy (bass) Drew Mork (drums), and Jennifer Nau (vocals) create loud and catchy tunes as well as thoughtful, heartfelt lyrics and melodies.

Camp Crush with The Low Bones and The Frequence @ The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St, Portland
Friday, June 2nd
9 pm | $8

Luke is the voice of Sounds of PDX & the new show Sounds of PDX Listening Party on PRP. 


Inessa’s picks:

Will West & the Friendly Strangers perform at the family-friendly Little Red Shed at Edgefield in Troutdale.

Will West & the Friendly Strangers @ Little Red Shed
Little Red Shed at Edgefield Winery
2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale
Thursday, June 1st
7 pm | Free


“After a long hiatus Merrill & Hammer are joining forces yet again to bring you smooth grooves, soaring vocals, and stage banter guaranteed to leave you in stitches. Playing all their can’t miss hits, don’t miss your chance to see the reunion tour!”

Chris Merrill & Eli Johnson @ The Wild Hare Saloon OC
1656 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City
Thursday, June 1st
7 pm | Free


Fernando, 2016 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee, and Trujillo – Rock en Espanol at The Fixin’ To! Fernando will be performing songs from his classic album Pacoima and songs from his yet unreleased record Justicia. First come, first serve at the door, with cover only $10 cover, and all money goes straight to the band.

Fernando & Trujillo @ The Fixin’ To
8218 N Lombard Street, Portland
Friday, June 2nd
9 pm | $10


Kathryn Claire, from

Please join Kathryn Claire to celebrate her 38th birthday with an open house at her studio space in St. John’s. Kathryn will be showing her artwork in the gallery and sharing music live, selling CD’s and vinyl and will have new merchandise!

Event will be open to the public from 6-9 pm in the Gallery at Cathedral Park Place. Refreshments and birthday cake will be provided.

6-7 pm – Reception for art show – Kathryn Claire w/Don Henson
7-8 pm – Kathryn Claire w/Ara Lee
8-9 pm – Kathryn Claire w/Allen Hunter and birthday cake

Kathryn Claire @ Cathedral Park Place
6635 N Baltimore Avenue, Portland
Saturday, June 3rd
6 pm | Free


We are kicking off PRIDE week with a special Pride edition Tea Dance! Come celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion with seasonal cocktails, dancing, and pink anything and everything. (Rosé, please!) Portland’s own blogger Byron Beck and Poison Waters will be hosting an afternoon of relaxed engagement or raucous gyration, whatever your flavor.
DJ; bites, bittersweet cocktails and gorgeous surroundings – The Solo Club’s metier. Your cover charge supports our partners New Avenues for Youth/SMYRC so you can spoil yourself and do right by others at the same time.

PRIDE Tea Dance! @ The Solo Club
2110 NW Raleigh Street, Portland
Sunday, June 4th
4 – 7 pm | $10


Will West Residency guest list:

Sun 6/4 – Mike Coykendall, Redray Frazier & Michael Sheridan
Mon 6/5 – Nathan Earle (of The Get Ahead) & Tanner Cundy
Tues 6/6 – Rob Wynia & Skip vonKuske
Wed 6/7 – Pretty Gritty & Matt Meighan
Thurs 6/8 – Moody Little Sister & Groovy Wallpaper
Fri 6/9 – Kathryn Claire
Sat 6/10 – The Druthers (Jeff’s B-day)

Residency @ McMenamins Al’s Den & Ringlers Annex
303 SW 12th Ave, Portland
June 4th – June 10th
7 – 10 pm

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


Teri’s picks:

Portland’s “Boogie Cat,” Mr. Norman Sylvester, has a great evening in store for you Friday night at Alberta Rose Theatre. The Journey of American Music show will trace music’s heritage from Africa, to the earliest days of gospel and blues, right up to the 21st century. You’ll travel from the cradle of Africa with Chata Addy, experience the inspirations of Gospel with LaRhonda Steele & Lenanne Sylvester, go down to the Mississippi Delta with Tevis Hodge, Jr.., then stop for some Chicago Blues with Bill Rhoades, and The Norman Sylvester Band.

Filmmaker Jeff Dodge will also show a sneak peak of his project with Sylvester called “Tales of Old Portland.”
After the intermission, it will be the usual Boogie Cat dance party with the Norman Sylvester band featuring Renato Caranto and Peter Moss. This will be a night to remember!

Phenomenal Concert: the Journey of American Music
Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St., Portland
Friday, June 2nd
8 pm | $20
All Ages Show (kids welcome!)


This one will be an awesome show!

Lisa Mann (bad-ass, Buddhist loving, Bass-playing Goddess) & Her Really Good Band will bring the Blues she’s won awards for to Lake Theater’s fabulous stage. Originally from West Virginia, Lisa’s voice “effortlessly straddles the line between the honey-sweet warmth of the south and the force-of-nature sound she’s cultivated by mastering everything from rock and roll to Memphis soul.”
This show will also be a video shoot for Robert Parish’s “Musicians Rising Up” series. Feeling a need to do and create, Robert Parish has initiated a new film series “of live performances to heal and inspire a confused and angry nation.” On June 5th, Robert will film Lisa Mann’s contribution to his series at the Lake Theatre, and the public is invited! It will be just like any other live show, except two songs will be performed twice, to ensure a good take is captured on film. Final video will be posted on Robert’s Facebook group page, Musicians Rising Up, to be broadcasted to audiences around the world.

Lisa Mann was one of the many fun guests on The Portland Playlist at Portland Radio Project – check out the podcast of her episode here.

Lisa Mann Video Shoot for “Musicians Rise Up”
Lake Theater & Cafe
106 N. State Street, Lake Oswego
Monday, June 5th
7 – 9:30 pm | Free

You can follow Teri’s work with the PRP street team on her Facebook page, Teri’s Tunes PDX.



Jen Em

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