There are so many great shows this week. Jazz lovers, be sure to check for information about the shows involved in PDX Jazz Fest 2017, February 16-26.

We’ve selected some not jazz and not-quite-jazz shows, listed below, for your viewing and listening pleasure. Whatever you do this week, be sure to support our vibrant and wonderful local music scene!

Thursday, February 16

Portland trio Candace self-describes their Mazzy Star meets The Sundays sound as “bedroom pop”, “dream pop” and “witch gaze”. Whatever you want to call it, their dreamy sound on songs like the title track of their 2016 album “New Future” goes down easy, with jangly guitar under a blanket of sound. A new EP released Valentine’s Day is up now on their bandcamp page. Get a nice dose of Candace at The Liquor Store on Belmont.

@ The Liquor Store
3341 SE Belmont, Portland
9 p.m. | $7

Local band Falcon Heart plays a free, all-ages show at Kennedy School Thursday night. Falcon Heart is “Soaring melodic harmonies and captivating storytelling”. Check out their first radio interview back in 2015, when they played a couple of songs live in studio at PRP for a Drop-In Session.

Falcon Heart
@ Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland
7 p.m. | Free

Friday, February 17

The captivating and talented Coco Columbia plays White Eagle with the ultra cool jazz band Suenos Friday night. Coco Columbia puts on a crazy good show with jazz roots and mad pipes, and Suenos brings classy, brassy horns to their jazzy sound. Be sure to also check out Luke Neill’s interview with Coco Columbia on Sounds of PDX.

Coco Columbia & Suenos
@ White Eagle
836 N Russell, Portland
8 p.m. | $8

Samsel plays Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, and this intriguing and sad power pop ballad “Static” is why they’re on the Friday show picks. Be aware that Mississippi Pizza is remodeling, but they are open during construction.

@ Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge
3552 N Mississippi, Portland
6 p.m. | Free

Saturday, February 18th

Enjoy the old rock ‘n’ roll sounds of The Shivas at Bunk Bar. Gig starts at 9:30 with bands Giantology & Melt.

The Shivas, Giantology, Melt
@ Bunk Bar
1028 SE Water Ave., Portland
9:30 p.m. | $10

Human Ottoman, the mathematically-fueled power trio with their driving rhythms, soaring cello & slick vibraphone jams, plays White Eagle Saloon this Saturday night. To really do your homework, be sure to check their interview with Sounds of PDX. Kontext plays also, but no information appeared to be available on the internet for that band.

Human Ottoman, Kontext
@ White Eagle
836 N Russell, Portland
8 p.m. | $8

Sunday, February 19th

Special mention: Solidarity with Standing Rock; a fundraiser including an art auction, a raffle, and live music from local artists dedicated to supporting those who put their bodies in harm’s way to protect the water. We all live downstream. Stand with Standing Rock.

Standing Rock Fundraiser
@ SomaSpace
4050 NE Broadway, Portland
4:30 p.m. | $20

Portland multi-instrumentalist Sam Wenc with project Post Moves plays Rontom’s Sunday Sessions with 2 other great musicians Philip Grass & Emilie Weibel. Philip Grass’ “Come Back” starts beautiful and noisy and mysterious, with various clicks, bangs, and ticks over an ambling melody full of key changes. Emilie Weibel is Swiss-born and Brooklyn-based, with instruments like hand bells, an assortment of lo-fi electronics, loop devices, a cheap music box and vocal effects, always accompanied by Emilie’s dream-like voice. This Sunday Session is a can’t miss.

Post Moves, Philip Grass, Emilie Weibel
@ Rontoms
600 E Burnside, Portland
8:30 p.m. | free

Portland Americana guitarist Amber Russell plays Kelly’s Olympian Sunday with Kyle Pullanand Portland’s country rocker Shane Brown. Check out Amber’s video for her unique playing style.

Amber Russell, Kyle Pullan, Shane Brown
@ Kelly’s Olympian
426 SW Washington, Portland
9 p.m. | $5

Monday, February 20th

The Plutons is funk, soul, organ, grooves, and maybe some crushed velvet. Check them out at White Eagle Saloon and have a groovy Monday.

The Plutons
@ White Eagle
836 N Russell, Portland
7 p.m. | Free

Think of it as PRP After Dark – Groovy Wallpaper is a sonic journey with cello, guitar, mandolin, loop station, typewriter, glockenspiel, xylophone, djembe, various iphone apps and so much more. Make the trek to Edgefield to have your music-loving mind blown.

Groovy Wallpaper
@ Edgefield
2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale
7 p.m. | Free

Wednesday, February 22nd

A perfect band to end hours of sifting through event calendars – Mimi Gilbert‘s track “Strangers Won’t Exist” feels like a balm to the soul. In her own words, “May I continue to look up thankfully knowing that when we receive, it is always to give back.” Right on, sister.
Gilbert plays one of PRP’s favorite venues, Alberta Street Pub, with Elkke, which has been described as cinematic folk mixed with dream pop. Also playing, folk duo The Brambles.

Mimi Gilbert, Elkke, The Brambles
@ Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta, Portland
7:30 p.m. | $8

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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