Portland's Live Music Scene Offers Something for Everyone

Meagan Shamy

By , Local Expert, Portland
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Portland, Oregon, often recognized as one of the top music scenes in the nation is home to thousands of musicians and you can find them playing around the city in different venues every night of the week. Portland concerts are entertaining for all different tastes in music from indie to mainstream and pop to blues. Portland hosts multiple music festivals each year that bring in hundreds of musical groups, including the Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, River City Music Festival, PDX Pop Now, and the massive Musical Fest NW. With so many places in the city offering live music it was hard to narrow them down,...  Read more »

  • 1

    Doug Fir Lounge

    Doug Fir is considered one of the Top 40 music venues in America.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check their website to see upcoming shows."

  • 2

    Jimmy Mak's

    This is the place to enjoy jazz in the Pearl District.

    Local Expert Tip: "Jimmy Mak's is closed on Sundays."

  • 3

    McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom

    The Crystal Ballroom has a variety of live music to choose from.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check their website to see which bands are performing."

  • 4

    Mississippi Studios

    The perfect place to see your favorite band in an intimate setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Bar Bar Veg Burger before the show. "

  • 5

    Landmark Saloon

    Landmark Saloon features some of the hottest country bands in the region and is open everyday.

    Local Expert Tip: "For some fresh air go play corn hole in the back yard where you will still be able to here the music. "

  • 6

    Vie de Boheme

    • Type: Wine Bar
    • Neighborhood: Southeast Portland

    An elegant place that offers a delightful experience each night.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check the calendar to see who will be performing live when you visit."

  • 7

    The Goodfoot

    Goodfoot has a variety of live music that changes thoughout the week.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go on a Monday night to enjoy open mic night."

  • 8

    Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub

    Kells is an exciting place to hangout and a locals' favorite.

    Local Expert Tip: "On weekends Kells can get very crowded. Happy hour is generally low-key."

  • 9

    Muddy Rudder

    Muddy Rudder offers live music 5 nights a week and has good food and drinks.

    Local Expert Tip: "Live music typically starts at 8 PM Thursday through Monday. "

  • 10

    White Eagle Saloon

    Another great McMenamins property that has the added bonus of live music every single night.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order a Spanish coffee and enjoy the show as they flambe their spanish coffee cocktail."



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