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Saturday, November 17

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An Evening of Esperanza: Buliding Hope in the Immigrant Community

WHERE: 721 NW 9th Ave. # 200, Portland, OR 97209
WHEN: Nov. 17, 2018, 6 p.m.

An Evening of Esperanza: Building Hope in the Immigrant Community is a celebration of the resilience and strength of our region’s immigrant community to benefit affordable housing developer Bienestar. Food will be served, wine and beer will be poured, and Esperanza Spalding will perform, as will Denzel Mendoza Trio and Integrantes Del Coro de la Iglesia de San Mateo. Read More »

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WHERE: Crystal Ballroom, Portland
WHEN: Nov. 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Texan trio Khruangbin is formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald "DJ" Johnson on drums. Taking influence from 1960's Thai funk - their name literally translates to "Engine Fly" in Thai. Read More »

Wednesday, November 21

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

Jorja Smith w/ Ravyn Lenae

WHERE: Roseland Theater, Portland
WHEN: Nov. 21, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

It all started in January 2016, when Jorja Smith uploaded “Blue Lights” to Soundcloud, her self-released debut single. Written after watching Dizzee Rascal music videos while taking a break from her A-Level dissertation (titled: “Is Postcolonialism Still Present in Grime Music”) the song was inspired by the hostile situations innocent young black men were facing every day, not just in her local town of Walsall but around the world. It blew up unexpectedly, earning the praise of Skrillex and Stormzy, before it was eventually included on Drake’s OVO radio show. Read More »

Friday, November 23

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

*KMHD DJ Event: The Morning Session's Derek Smith*

WHERE: Paydirt, Portland
WHEN: Nov. 23, 2018, 8 p.m.

Digest your festive food and get the weekend started right! The Morning Session's DJ Derek Smith hits Paydirt in NE Portland armed with a box-o-wax for a post-Thanksgiving Friday night gig. Read More »

Friday, November 30

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

Trio Subtonic w/ Dan Balmer

WHERE: Jack London Revue, Portland
WHEN: Nov. 30, 2018, 9 p.m.

The Portland-based, groove-heavy power trio hits the downtown Jack London Revue. Read More »

Saturday, December 1

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

NW Quartet Fest

WHERE: Kennedy Violins, Vancouver
WHEN: Dec. 1, 2018, 1 p.m.

Featuring over 15 ensembles performing a variety of genres including classical, traditional Irish, jazz, bluegrass, rock and more, the NW Quartet Fest celebrates local small group ensembles and benefits local school music programs in need. Read More »

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

*KMHD DJ Event: DJ Action Slacks' Sno Ball Dance Party*

WHERE: The Spare Room, Portland
WHEN: Dec. 1, 2018, 8 p.m.

DJ Action Slacks, host of Travlin' the Tracks on-air Thursdays 9-11pm, hits The Spare Room for her annual Sno Ball: an all-out jingle bell get-down stacked with '60s and early '70s soul, Northern Soul, '50s R&B, and more! Rarities plus familiar favorites. Don't miss it! Read More »

Sunday, December 2

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

A New Shade of Blue: Bobby Hutcherson & Harold Land 50th Anniversary Tribute

WHERE: The Old Church, Portland
WHEN: Dec. 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

PDX Jazz customarily closes its annual season in recognition of a significant milestone by members of the Portland jazz community. Each December we have honored legacies ranging from Andrew Hill to The Beatles, Chet Baker, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, and Dexter Gordon. On December 2, the classic collaboration between Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land will be celebrated with a performance featuring Mike Horsfall, John Nastos, Gordon Lee, Jonathan Lakey and Alan Jones. Read More »

Thursday, December 6

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

Sun Ra at the Portland Art Museum: DUG Open Mic w/ Lonnie Holley

WHERE: Portland Art Museum, Portland
WHEN: Dec. 6, 2018, 5 p.m.

Organized by a cosmic kin of four women, Deep Underground (DUG) was originally founded in 2015 as an open mic project dedicated to instilling a sense of safety and freedom within Portland’s underrecognized black and brown community. Today, DUG puts on large-scale events, in-depth youth programming, film screenings, concerts, and multimedia performances, all with the hopes of providing insight into the needs of black and brown artist communities Read More »

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

Sun Ra at the Portland Art Museum: A Joyful Noise Film Screening

WHERE: Whitsell Auditorium, Portland
WHEN: Dec. 6, 2018, 8 p.m.

Director Robert Mugge spent two years documenting Sun Ra and members of his jazz Arkestra starting in 1979, capturing ensemble performances of their otherworldly music, ancient Egypt- and space age-inspired clothing, and of course Ra’s own poetry and mythological pronouncements. Read More »

Friday, December 7

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

Concert + Masterclass: Ari Hoenig Trio

WHERE: Mt. Hood Community College , Gresham
WHEN: Dec. 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Mt. Hood Community College presents this evening with the acclaimed drummer and his trio. Read More »

Arts | NW Life | Music | Performing Arts

Blue Cranes w/ Wayne Horvitz

WHERE: Jack London Revue, Portland
WHEN: Dec. 7, 2018, 9 p.m.

The Jack London Revue presents an evening of cutting-edge jazz with Blue Cranes, a perennial key player in Portland's creative music scene — this time joined by composer/pianist/electronic musician Wayne Horvitz. Read More »

Friday, December 14

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

The True Loves

WHERE: Jack London Revue, Portland
WHEN: Dec. 14, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

The heavy-hitting 8-piece instrumental soul ensemble, based in Seattle, makes a stop at Portland's Jack London Revue. Read More »

Friday, December 21

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Sun Ra at the Portland Art Museum: Brown Calvin & Omari Jazz

WHERE: Portland Art Museum, Portland
WHEN: Dec. 21, 2018, 5 p.m.

Brown Calvin, 1/2 of the Portland-based alt-R&B duo Brown Calculus, plays the Portland Art Museum as part of a series of events surrounding their Sun Ra exhibit (on display Oct. 27-Jan. 25). Experimental electronic group Omari Jazz rounds out the proceedings. Read More »

Friday, January 25

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

Sun Ra at the Portland Art Museum: Closing Ceremony w/ Brown Calculus & Friends

WHERE: Portland Art Museum, Portland
WHEN: Jan. 25, 2019, 5 p.m.

Closing night of the Portland Art Museum's Sun Ra exhibit, featuring performances from Portland-based alt-R&B group Brown Calculus and friends. Read More »

Saturday, February 9

Arts | Performing Arts | Music

West Salem Jazz Festival

WHERE: West Salem High School, Salem
WHEN: February 9, 2019

Join middle and high school jazz students from across the state for this annual celebration of jazz in schools — featuring guest artist Wycliffe Gordon of the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra. Read More »