local music

Portland is not a desert in any capacity: Great food, great music, great drinks, great people abound. Which means we have the wonderful problem of great shows every night of the week. Without prior knowledge of a band, sometimes it’s hard to pick a show. But fret no longer – PRP is here to help! Below you will find band, venue, and cost information, as well as links to each of the artists, so you can give their music a test spin.

Wednesday, January 25th

If you’re in the mood to get funky and play some giant Jenga, head to Triple Nickel to check out Argyle, an “instrumental funk quartet with a soulful style.”

Argyle @ Triple Nickel
3646 SE Belmont Street, Portland
9 pm | $free

Thursday, January 26th

Turn! Turn! Turn! is featuring singer/songwriter Johanna Warren, The Secret Sea and Indira Valey.

Johanna Warren, Secret Sea & Indira Valey @ Turn! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth Street (@ Williams) Portland
8 pm | $7

Fans of Nickell Creek should know about Ben Larsen. He is playing several nights this week at Al’s Den – all shows are free and start at 7 p.m.

Ben Larsen @ Al’s Den
303 SW 12th Avenue, Portland
7 pm | free

Friday, January 27th

For some Classic Western Swing, head over to 1907 Victorian-era dance hall The Secret Society for Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys.

Pete Krebs & his Portland Playboys @ The Secret Society
116 NE Russell Street, Portland
6 pm | $5

Saturday, January 28th

PROWUS Presents: Best of Portland 5, a benefit concert at Wonder Ballroom for School of Rock with a ton of amazing local bands, including:
Alan Jones Trio, from Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM)
Cat Hoch
Chanti Darling
Coco Columbia
The Domestics
The Last Artful, Dodgr
Moorea Masa
Red Fang
Summer Cannibals
Taylor John Williams
Ural Thomas and The Pain

Best of Portland 5 @ Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell, Portland
Doors at 7 pm | $15 advance, $20 at the door

Sunday, January 29th

Fun rockers Autonomics, the lushly layered Arlo Indigo & Melt play Rontoms.

Autonomics, Arlo Indigo, Melt @ Rontoms
600 East Burnside Street, Portland
8.30-11.30 pm | free

Tuesday, January 31st

Hip Hatchet, that sweetly gruff-voiced folk singer with gorgeous instrumentation plays Alberta Street Pub Tuesday night. Sounds like: you’re walking in the country & you might go chop some wood and feed your goats.

Hip Hatchet & King Twang @ Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta Street, Portland
7-9 p.m. | free

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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