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Every Outdoor Concert and Festival to Go to in Portland This Summer

Published On 05/18/2016 Published On 05/18/2016
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Edu Hawkins/Redferns/Contributor

The time for beers, bands, and blankets is finally upon us -- summer concert season is here. Whether it’s staying mellow on a farm, wading around to house and EDM giants, moshing with tweens in a parking lot, or catching up-and-comers under the Hawthorne, the summer outdoor concert scene in Portland is legendary and all-encompassing. Reference this handy list before planning that camping trip to a crowded watering hole in the near wilderness, because FOMO is rampant when the sun is shining and the amps are turned way up.

The Cure | Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com

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May 27 Fri

Sasquatch! With a terminally chill attitude and stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge, Sasquatch is just right for music fans of all stripes who prefer comfy footwear and cool nights in the high desert of Central Washington over the heatstroke and scenester hysteria that makes bigger fests like Coachella and Bonnaroo such a slog.

The Gorge Amphitheater

Sasquatch! The Gorge Amphitheater With a terminally chill attitude and stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge, Sasquatch is just right for music fans of all stripes who prefer comfy footwear and cool nights in the high desert of Central Washington over the heatstroke and scenester hysteria that makes bigger fests like Coachella and Bonnaroo such a slog.

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May 28 Sat

The Cure Pay homage to the goth-lite gods while you still can, because Robert Smith’s reanimated corpse vibes are getting more and more convincing as time marches on.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

The Cure Sunlight Supply Amphitheater Pay homage to the goth-lite gods while you still can, because Robert Smith’s reanimated corpse vibes are getting more and more convincing as time marches on.

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Jun 7 Tue

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Arena folk is on the downturn, but this merry band of fauxhemians is still highly capable of providing plenty of crowd-pleasing entertainment beyond that song "Home."

McMenamins Edgefield

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros McMenamins Edgefield Arena folk is on the downturn, but this merry band of fauxhemians is still highly capable of providing plenty of crowd-pleasing entertainment beyond that song "Home."

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Jun 17 Fri

What the Festival Big enough to attract acts like Thievery Corporation and Bonobo, but still small enough to boast a massive wading pool for maximum crowd enjoyment, What the Festival is a Pacific Northwestern electro enthusiast's dream come true.

Wolf Run Ranch

What the Festival Wolf Run Ranch Big enough to attract acts like Thievery Corporation and Bonobo, but still small enough to boast a massive wading pool for maximum crowd enjoyment, What the Festival is a Pacific Northwestern electro enthusiast's dream come true.

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Jun 18 Sat

Cage the Elephant and Portugal. The Man Classic rock redux for kids who think "Dream On" is a Led Zeppelin song (it's Aerosmith, people). What can go wrong?

McMenamins Edgefield

Cage the Elephant and Portugal. The Man McMenamins Edgefield Classic rock redux for kids who think "Dream On" is a Led Zeppelin song (it's Aerosmith, people). What can go wrong?

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Jun 19 Sun

Chicago It’s unfortunate that this is happening on a Sunday in the park and not a Saturday, but you’ll quickly forget to feel sad about the foiled pun opportunity when you realize that Chicago has about 6,000 hit songs you never knew you liked.

Oregon Zoo

Chicago Oregon Zoo It’s unfortunate that this is happening on a Sunday in the park and not a Saturday, but you’ll quickly forget to feel sad about the foiled pun opportunity when you realize that Chicago has about 6,000 hit songs you never knew you liked.

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Jun 24 Fri

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Ben Harper’s legacy beyond a mid-aughts dormcore mainstay has remained intact largely due to him not saturating the market by touring constantly and releasing children's albums, so the opportunity to see him live after years of dormancy should be jumped at quicker than a shirt that says "College" that’s free if you sign up for a Chase credit card.

McMenamins Edgefield

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals McMenamins Edgefield Ben Harper’s legacy beyond a mid-aughts dormcore mainstay has remained intact largely due to him not saturating the market by touring constantly and releasing children's albums, so the opportunity to see him live after years of dormancy should be jumped at quicker than a shirt that says "College" that’s free if you sign up for a Chase credit card.

Flogging Molly | yakub88 / Shutterstock.com

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Jul 1 Fri

Diana Ross The disco legend is now on the pastoral outdoor winery circuit, but it’s a miracle she’s outlasted most of her contemporaries. We should celebrate accordingly.

McMenamins Edgefield

Diana Ross McMenamins Edgefield The disco legend is now on the pastoral outdoor winery circuit, but it’s a miracle she’s outlasted most of her contemporaries. We should celebrate accordingly.

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Jul 1 Fri

Waterfront Blues Fest Boasting Fourth of July fireworks and a far-out selection of regional and national jazz acts, this ain’t your weird ponytailed uncle’s riverfront jazz and ribs fest.

Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Waterfront Blues Fest Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park Boasting Fourth of July fireworks and a far-out selection of regional and national jazz acts, this ain’t your weird ponytailed uncle’s riverfront jazz and ribs fest.

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Jul 2 Sat

Neko Case, K.D. Lang, Laura Veirs Each of the alt-folk heroes on this bill are capable of packing the house on their own, so when the three converge for a night of NPR-approved country-esque crooning, it’s definitely not to be missed.

Oregon Zoo

Neko Case, K.D. Lang, Laura Veirs Oregon Zoo Each of the alt-folk heroes on this bill are capable of packing the house on their own, so when the three converge for a night of NPR-approved country-esque crooning, it’s definitely not to be missed.

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Jul 8 Fri

Goo Goo Dolls While the Goo’s salad days of being an A+ Replacements knock-off are sorely missed, you’re basically a hollowed-out emotionless husk of a human if "Black Balloon" and "Name" don’t hit you right in the feels.

McMenamins Edgefield

Goo Goo Dolls McMenamins Edgefield While the Goo’s salad days of being an A+ Replacements knock-off are sorely missed, you’re basically a hollowed-out emotionless husk of a human if "Black Balloon" and "Name" don’t hit you right in the feels.

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Jul 14 Thu

Northwest String Summit With heady heavy-hitters like Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, and Keller Williams on the bill, it’s basically the best of Bonnaroo circa 2003 -- y'know, back before Eminem and The Police came and ruined the vibes forever.

Horning’s Hideout

Northwest String Summit Horning’s Hideout With heady heavy-hitters like Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, and Keller Williams on the bill, it’s basically the best of Bonnaroo circa 2003 -- y'know, back before Eminem and The Police came and ruined the vibes forever.

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Jul 15 Fri

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Indulge your inner jazzbo deep in the heart of St. John’s with a panoramic view of the neighborhood's now-famous titular bridge in the background.

Cathedral Park

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Cathedral Park Indulge your inner jazzbo deep in the heart of St. John’s with a panoramic view of the neighborhood's now-famous titular bridge in the background.

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Jul 17 Sun

Barenaked Ladies Like hockey and Molson Ice, this popular Canadian export is just too damn likeable to outright ignore.

McMenamins Edgefield

Barenaked Ladies McMenamins Edgefield Like hockey and Molson Ice, this popular Canadian export is just too damn likeable to outright ignore.

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Jul 21 Thu

The Avett Brothers The Avett Brothers are on the fast track to usurping Dave Matthews as the resident roots rocker of choice for the post-college set, and for good reason: the Bros wear their hearts on their sleeves and sing in intelligible English, which is ideal for the stoney summer shout-alongs that make Edgefield such a magical place.

McMenamins Edgefield

The Avett Brothers McMenamins Edgefield The Avett Brothers are on the fast track to usurping Dave Matthews as the resident roots rocker of choice for the post-college set, and for good reason: the Bros wear their hearts on their sleeves and sing in intelligible English, which is ideal for the stoney summer shout-alongs that make Edgefield such a magical place.

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Jul 22 Fri

UB40 They be 60-ish by now (hey-o!), but "Red Red Wine" still bangs.

Oregon Zoo

UB40 Oregon Zoo They be 60-ish by now (hey-o!), but "Red Red Wine" still bangs.

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Jul 22 Fri

PDX Pop Now! Your barista won’t stop bugging you about checking out his new psych/surf pop band, so you may as well give them (and a ton of other hot new bands) a listen while it’s free and under a bridge.

AudioCinema

PDX Pop Now! AudioCinema Your barista won’t stop bugging you about checking out his new psych/surf pop band, so you may as well give them (and a ton of other hot new bands) a listen while it’s free and under a bridge.

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Jul 23 Sat

The B-52s Few underground curiosities-turned-one-hit-wonders have endured as long as the B-52s, but you know cuts like "Rock Lobster" and "Private Idaho" will tear the Oregon Zoo down.

Oregon Zoo

The B-52s Oregon Zoo Few underground curiosities-turned-one-hit-wonders have endured as long as the B-52s, but you know cuts like "Rock Lobster" and "Private Idaho" will tear the Oregon Zoo down.

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Jul 28 Thu

"Weird Al" Yankovic Yankovic’s poignantly spastic medleys of reimagined pop culture swill have been helping nerds "get weird" for three decades, and it’s high time the master has finally earned his due.

McMenamins Edgefield

"Weird Al" Yankovic McMenamins Edgefield Yankovic’s poignantly spastic medleys of reimagined pop culture swill have been helping nerds "get weird" for three decades, and it’s high time the master has finally earned his due.

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Jul 30 Sat

Weezer and Panic! at the Disco Weezer is mostly a subpar Weezer cover band at this point, but they still have an adequate amount of goodwill stocked up from their first two records to allow Rivers Cuomo and company to coast into the classic rock canon with only a brief flash of throwback brilliance here and there.

McMenamins Edgefield

Weezer and Panic! at the Disco McMenamins Edgefield Weezer is mostly a subpar Weezer cover band at this point, but they still have an adequate amount of goodwill stocked up from their first two records to allow Rivers Cuomo and company to coast into the classic rock canon with only a brief flash of throwback brilliance here and there.

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Jul 31 Sun

Flogging Molly If you told this writer Flogging Molly was playing the zoo 10 years ago, he would’ve feared for the safety of every animal within sight, but the LA-based septet’s evolution from shit-starting seafarers to the classier contemporary of Dropkick Murphys makes this a surprisingly logical choice. Still, the wine and the folding chair is best left at home for this one.

Oregon Zoo

Flogging Molly Oregon Zoo If you told this writer Flogging Molly was playing the zoo 10 years ago, he would’ve feared for the safety of every animal within sight, but the LA-based septet’s evolution from shit-starting seafarers to the classier contemporary of Dropkick Murphys makes this a surprisingly logical choice. Still, the wine and the folding chair is best left at home for this one.

New Found Glory | George Koroneos / Shutterstock.com

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Aug 5 Fri

Pickathon With Beach House, Yo La Tengo, and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy atop this year’s excellent lineup, Pickathon is the cozy music festival of choice for the NPR devotee who’s "too punk" for Garrison Keillor.

Pendarvis Farm

Pickathon Pendarvis Farm With Beach House, Yo La Tengo, and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy atop this year’s excellent lineup, Pickathon is the cozy music festival of choice for the NPR devotee who’s "too punk" for Garrison Keillor.

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Aug 10 Wed

Jackson Browne Your parents probably made out to "These Days" in the back of the Volvo they drove across the country before you were born... and again to "Lawyers in Love" when their yuppie dual-income dream finally came full circle. You’re welcome for the mental imagery.

McMenamins Edgefield

Jackson Browne McMenamins Edgefield Your parents probably made out to "These Days" in the back of the Volvo they drove across the country before you were born... and again to "Lawyers in Love" when their yuppie dual-income dream finally came full circle. You’re welcome for the mental imagery.

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Event

Location

Aug 13 Sat

Culture Club Because what ironic '80s dance night is complete without a hoedown to "I’ll Tumble 4 Ya"?

McMenamins Edgefield

Culture Club McMenamins Edgefield Because what ironic '80s dance night is complete without a hoedown to "I’ll Tumble 4 Ya"?

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Event

Location

Aug 13 Sat

Vans Warped Tour Featuring Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, and about 60 other bands you thought disappeared when Myspace was acquired by Rupert Murdoch.

Portland Expo Center

Vans Warped Tour Portland Expo Center Featuring Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, and about 60 other bands you thought disappeared when Myspace was acquired by Rupert Murdoch.

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Event

Location

Aug 19 Fri

Fitz & The Tantrums The perfect soundtrack to clearing last season’s H&M duds out of your closet to make way for unironic Tommy Bahama shirts!

Oregon Zoo

Fitz & The Tantrums Oregon Zoo The perfect soundtrack to clearing last season’s H&M duds out of your closet to make way for unironic Tommy Bahama shirts!

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Event

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Aug 20 Sat

Lord Huron and Trampled By Turtles Lord Huron’s high and lonesome tunes about the wild, wide-open west are perfect for an outdoor setting like the zoo. The idea of seeing a band with a name like Trampled By Turtles at said venue, however, is a little terrifying. And cute!

Oregon Zoo

Lord Huron and Trampled By Turtles Oregon Zoo Lord Huron’s high and lonesome tunes about the wild, wide-open west are perfect for an outdoor setting like the zoo. The idea of seeing a band with a name like Trampled By Turtles at said venue, however, is a little terrifying. And cute!

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Event

Location

Aug 24 Wed

Josh Groban Be extra-nice to your secretary the morning after this show -- it’s very likely she’ll be hungover from wine and endorphins after this one.

McMenamins Edgefield

Josh Groban McMenamins Edgefield Be extra-nice to your secretary the morning after this show -- it’s very likely she’ll be hungover from wine and endorphins after this one.

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Event

Location

Aug 27 Sat

MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst Legend has it that Pabst was on the verge of calling it quits until the proto-hipsters of Portland decided their brand of easy drinkin’ was most closely aligned with their brand of rocker dude coolness. Those hesitant days are long gone, but Pabst still feels obligated to throw us a kick-ass music festival with performances by Duran Duran, Ice Cube, Tame Impala, Ween, and a handful of others to properly return the favor. We’ll take it!

Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park

MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park Legend has it that Pabst was on the verge of calling it quits until the proto-hipsters of Portland decided their brand of easy drinkin’ was most closely aligned with their brand of rocker dude coolness. Those hesitant days are long gone, but Pabst still feels obligated to throw us a kick-ass music festival with performances by Duran Duran, Ice Cube, Tame Impala, Ween, and a handful of others to properly return the favor. We’ll take it!

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Event

Location

Aug 28 Sun

Steve Miller Band The OG frat rocker has a catalog of hits that’s deeper than the kiddy pool in front of the Sigma Chi house, and the saucy "f it all" attitude to back it up. Take the money and run, Steve

McMenamins Edgefield

Steve Miller Band McMenamins Edgefield The OG frat rocker has a catalog of hits that’s deeper than the kiddy pool in front of the Sigma Chi house, and the saucy "f it all" attitude to back it up. Take the money and run, Steve

Black Sabbath | DFP Photographic / Shutterstock.com

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Event

Location

Sep 1 Thu

Father John Misty If weepy meta ballads about subprime loans and self-referential solipsism are your jam, an evening of shimmying and chagrin with J. Tillman may be the hottest ticket in town.

McMenamins Edgefield

Father John Misty McMenamins Edgefield If weepy meta ballads about subprime loans and self-referential solipsism are your jam, an evening of shimmying and chagrin with J. Tillman may be the hottest ticket in town.

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Event

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Date

Event

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Sep 2 Fri

Faerieworlds Imagine a section of Middle Earth that has access to glow sticks, turntables, and psychotropics, and you’re about halfway to Faerieworlds.

Horning’s Hideout

Faerieworlds Horning’s Hideout Imagine a section of Middle Earth that has access to glow sticks, turntables, and psychotropics, and you’re about halfway to Faerieworlds.

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Event

Location

Sep 4 Sun

Ray LaMontagne Bring an extra blanket to this one, because there won’t be a dry seat in the house.

McMenamins Edgefield

Ray LaMontagne McMenamins Edgefield Bring an extra blanket to this one, because there won’t be a dry seat in the house.

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Event

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Sep 4 Sun

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas Lest you’ve forgotten your favorite records from middle school, it’s worth a trip down memory lane to remember how much Counting Crows rule. Even Rob Thomas is worth a shot, provided he doesn’t have Carlos Santana in tow.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas Sunlight Supply Amphitheater Lest you’ve forgotten your favorite records from middle school, it’s worth a trip down memory lane to remember how much Counting Crows rule. Even Rob Thomas is worth a shot, provided he doesn’t have Carlos Santana in tow.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 9 Fri

Sisters Folk Festival If you only know of Sisters as a base camp for climbing adventures, this is the perfect chance to see the small Cascadian town in a new light, with headliners like Richard Thompson, Sam Lewis, Whitehorse, and many more.

Sisters, OR

Sisters Folk Festival Sisters, OR If you only know of Sisters as a base camp for climbing adventures, this is the perfect chance to see the small Cascadian town in a new light, with headliners like Richard Thompson, Sam Lewis, Whitehorse, and many more.

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Event

Location

Sep 13 Tue

Black Sabbath Provided Ozzy doesn’t wander off again, this is likely your last shot at seeing the legendary proto-metal pioneers in the saggy flesh before they ride off into the netherworld.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Black Sabbath Sunlight Supply Amphitheater Provided Ozzy doesn’t wander off again, this is likely your last shot at seeing the legendary proto-metal pioneers in the saggy flesh before they ride off into the netherworld.

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