the junebugs

Just when you thought you had your week’s plans finalized, in walked almost a dozen of the hottest shows in Portland this week. Grab your datebook and pens, kids – you’re gonna wanna write this down!

Luke’s pick:

The Scottish powerhouse trio, Biffy Clyro bring their blistering and inspiring sound to The Hawthorne Theater this Saturday night! In a rare visit to the United State we are lucky enough to have the band stopping by Portland this weekend! With their latest release “Ellipsis”, Biffy Clyro continues to push their exploration of sonic layers backed by their signature anthemic songwriting. Check out the link below for the details on what is sure to be an epic night of music!

Biffy Clyro @ Hawthorne Theatre
1507 Southeast 39th Avenue, Portland
Saturday, April 1, 2017
8 p.m. | $20-25
Luke is the voice of Sounds of PDX on PRP. Catch his show every Tuesday night from 7-9 pm!


Teri’s picks:


Skip VonKuske, photo by Teri Briggs

Skip VonKuske, photo by Teri Briggs

Will West & The Friendly Strangers have a new album and the first 15 to come to Alberta Street Pub on Thursday get a copy with their ticket price to the WW&TFS Live album release ~ Thursday 3/30 show, 8-11 p.m. Will West will be joined by The Friendly’s: Tanner Cundy, Don Henson, Julio Appling, and Skip VonKuske, (pictured.) Groovy Wallpaper will open the show and they are terrific too!
Disclaimer: Be prepared to dance and leave with a smile on your face and in your heart.

Will West & The Friendly Strangers @ Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St, Portland
Thursday, March 30th
8 p.m. | Free

“Imagine if you put R. Kelly through a banjo,” that’s what you get when you see The Junebugs. “The Junebugs combine high-energy pop with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness to create a genre-bending sound you can kick up your heels to.” They are a trio lucky enough to play enough shows in and out of town in a year to make music their full-time gig. The Junebugs were guests on PRP’s The Portland Playlist last April. They are releasing a new video which they will premiere on Sunday at Wonder Ballroom, at a show also featuring performances by The Pearls and Jacob Westfall.
Jacob Westfall is one of Portland’s soulful, singer-songwriters recently featured on this season’s “The Voice”, was one of the 70 bands in the popular MOGO Music Festival, and was also a guest on The Portland Playlist.
With “gritty, aggressive, and melodic tunes, The Pearls are a vocals-driven band with songs that blend the spirit of travel and adventure with Cajun, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and country influences.”

I will be at The Junebugs show, so I will see you there – or see you through Facebook live streaming!

The Junebugs Video Premier w/The Pearls and Jacob Westfall @ Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St, Portland
Sunday, April 2nd
8 p.m. |  $10 in advance, $13 at door

I’ve been a fan of Moorea Masa‘s since before she was of legal age to be in the bars. I was lucky to be one in the choir for five performances in one of her former bands. She has sung in the caves of Spain, toured with Allen Stone, and was a featured artist on tracks for El Vy, Nick Waterhouse, The Decemberists, Ural Thomas and the Pain, and Nu Shooz. She is a ray of sunshine befitting her favorite, the Sunflower. Her voice cuts straight to your heart and lifts your soul in the way a warm blanket wraps you up in its lovely cocoon. She will be at Mississippi Pizza Pub on Tuesday with Margaret Wehr. The way these two harmonize is pure gold.

Moorea Masa

Moorea Masa, Photo By Teri Briggs

Check out her video for “Shine a Light, (Black & Blue)“, a stripped down groove of just electric guitar and beautiful three-part harmony. Moorea has also toured with Emily King and appeared on The Portland Playlist with Luke & Teri last year.

The Singer and the Songwriter w/ Moorea Masa & Margaret Wehr @ Mississippi Pizza Pub
3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
Tuesday, April 4th
8 p.m. | Free
All Ages Show!

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Jen’s pick:

Portland artists Johanna Warren and Forest Veil are playing Turn! Turn! Turn! on Monday night, with The Raven and the Writing Desk. Start off with the first 3 tracks of Johanna Warren’s album Gemini I –


Johanna Warren, photo courtesy of

let the luxurious layers of beauty wrap you up in a favorite quilt and sing to a place of honesty and vulnerability deep inside you – then see if you can rip your ears away. Take my word for it; it’s not an easy task.

Oh, and bonus! Forest Veil’s bandcamp page includes songs featuring Johanna Warren, just in case you can’t get enough.
The Raven and the Writing Desk: I was taken by this Denver band’s song “Stay the Same,” and also that it was “recorded in the fall (of 2016) after drummer, Scott (Roush), recovered from a hatchet accident in which he almost lost his thumb.”

Johanna Warren, The Raven and the Writing Desk, Forest Veil @ Turn! Turn! Turn!

8 NE Killingsworth, Portland
Monday, April 3rd
8 p.m. | $5

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


Heather’s picks:



Helvetia | J&L Defer | Clarke and the Himselfs
Helvetia, J&L Defer, Clarke and the Himselfs @ Bunk Bar
Bunk Bar
1028 SE Water Ave, Portland
Thursday, March 30th
9 p.m. | $8

2-Hour Variety Show by Kulululu benefiting Planned Parenthood @ Eastburn
1800 E Burnside St, Portland
Friday March 31st
10 p.m. | $5-10

Maszer | Flaural | Queen Chief
Maszer, Flaural, Queen Chief @ Bunk Bar
Bunk Bar
1028 SE Water Ave, Portland
Friday March 31st
9 p.m. | $8

Sunbathe | Sinless | Mere Mention
Sunbathe, Sinless, Mere Mention @ Turn Turn Turn
Turn! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth St, Portland
Friday, March 31st
8 p.m. | $5

2958 NE Glisan St, Portland
Tuesday, April 4th
9 p.m. | $5
835 NE Broadway St, Portland
Tuesday, April 4th
8 p.m. | $8

You can catch Heather on her show The Bus Stop every Wednesday from noon-4 p.m. on PRP!

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