Live music is a great way to jump into autumn.  Upcoming shows around the state will satisfy any Oregonian, no matter your music persuasion.


BandSwap: Quick and Easy Boys with Muskateer Gripweed | September 20 |

Don’t miss BandSwap, a meeting of the musical minds making waves in the two metropolitan areas. The Alberta Rose Theatre plays host to hometown favorites The Quick and Easy Boys, who will share the stage with Fort Collins’ Musketeer Gripweed. Shake your tail feathers at this radical collaboration of feel-good rock and roll before the Boys travel to Colorado to reciprocate on the Mustakeer’s home turf.

7th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert | October 5 |

Commemorate the stalwarts of our fair state’s musical legacy at this year’s Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction celebration. Recipients include pop-rock icons Quarterflash and Americana quartet Richmond Fontaine, who will perform live alongside The Kingsmen of “Louie, Louie” fame. Expect a packed house of musical royalty and share the love by bidding on rare autographed guitars in support of music education in Oregon schools.

Reel Music Festival 31 | Saturday and Sunday evenings, October 12-27 |

A little suspense goes a long way in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Celebrate the spirit of the season at the NW Film Center’s Reel Music Festival 31, where live music will accompany “The Hitchcock 9”—screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s restored silent films. Each evening of the festival, one film will be shown along with an original accompaniment played by a sampling of the city’s most talented musicians, including Tara Jane O’Neil, Three Leg Torso and the 1939 Ensemble.


Rocktoberfest | September 20 | | Lincoln City

Put a spin on your traditional Oktoberfest at Rocktoberfest, a gathering of rock n’ roll musicians and local vendors. For just $5 admission, attendees will rock out while sipping on cold beer, enjoying German food and supporting the Lincoln County chapter of RSVP, a retired and senior volunteer program.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party | October 4-6 | | Newport

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts commemorates the tenth anniversary of its inimitable Jazz Party, a weekend-long festival of live contemporary jazz music. Each notable performer will appear in a variety of different combinations throughout the three-day event, led by session leaders Terell Stafford, Bruce Forman, Jackie Ryan and more. Expect masterful improvisation and mind-blowing collaborations.

Yachats Celtic Music Festival | November 8-10, 2013 | | Yachats

Oregon-based performers share the stage with cutting-edge international acts such as the Young Dubliners and Brother during a spirited weekend of Celtic music. Yachats’ annual festival brings powerful live performances, delicious food and—of course—dance. Enjoy a juxtaposition of traditional Celtic sounds with contemporary and genre-bending artists.

 Willamette Valley

Yob, with Ninth Moon Black and TORMENTIUM | September 13 | | Eugene

The heavy metal soundtrack of youth is all grown up, thanks in part to Eugene’s Yob. Witness the powerful trio channel doom and gloom and captivate the audience with their sludgy epics. Metalheads and novices alike should have no difficulty recognizing why Ben Ratliff of the New York Times declared that “Yob might be one of the best bands in North America.”

Corvallis Fall Festival | September 28-29 | | Corvallis

Usher in the season at the 41st annual Corvallis Fall Festival, where an array of musical talent from around the state will help you celebrate. The city’s Central Park will host diverse acts including the Strange Tones, Kokobola, the Hank Shreeve Band and Norman. Visit the Community Stage for special performances by and for local youth groups.

Curtis Salgado | October 12 || Silverton

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the real-life inspiration for John Belushi’s Blues Brothers characters. Mac’s Place at the Wooden Nickel will surely be packed to the gills with fans of Salgado’s soulful performances. Grab a cocktail and a front row seat to witness this living legend belt out the blues.

 Southern Oregon

Hillstomp | September 26-27 | | Ashland

Oregon-born junkbox blues stompers Hillstomp take over the Caldera Tap House for back-to-back evenings of good ol’ country. Make no mistake, the duo is anything but traditional: their “instruments” range from buckets to barbeque lids. Experience the unexpected magic of a Hillstomp show and you’re sure to become a fan.

The Fret Drifters | October 12 | | Canyonville

These local acoustic masters are making it big. The Fret Drifters will perform as a part of the Brittney Ride event before they go transatlantic in the New Year, when they head to Australia for their first international tour. Wish them bon voyage and support cancer research at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital as they participate in this 3-day event.

“The British Are Coming” – Southern Oregon Repertory Singers | October 27 | | Ashland

For one night only, the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers present an evening exploring 500 years of British choral music. The concert also premieres Scottish folk compositions arranged by piano virtuoso Jodi French and accompanied by live bagpipe.

 Central Oregon

Bend Roots Festival | September 27-29 | | Bend

Over 100 local performers and workshops anchor the annual Bend Roots Festival at Pakit Liquidators. The absolutely free festival celebrates local culture and provides an array of live music on six stages, ranging from bluegrass and folk to rock and electronic—and everything in between. Bring the whole family and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

East Forest | October 19 | | Bend

Find a state of bliss via East Forest, an electro-acoustic music project that weaves together audio healing techniques and dreamy vocals into ambient soundscapes. The solo performer (née Trevor Oswalt) will enrapture attendees at the new Yoga Lab space, where he promises an evening of otherworldly “shaman-pop” that will leave listeners with a renewed sense of self.

Oregon Piano Summit | December 27-28 | | Bend

A consortium of the state’s most prolific pianists gathers as part of BendBroadband’s “Jazz at the Oxford” series for a three-performance showcase. Four virtuosos (Gordon Lee, Darrell Grant, Bend Darwish and Randy Palmer) will play a range of special arrangements orchestrated by Lee, a veteran composer and arranger.

Mount Hood/Gorge

Hood River Hops Fest | September 28 | | Hood River

What’s a good show without a cold craft brew? Taste the best offerings of Hood River County microbreweries and Northwest brewers while enjoying live performances by Tony Smiley, Big City Wind Down, Tess Barr Band and The Poor Sports. $10 general admission includes entrance, a commemorative mug and four drink tokens for sampling your favorites.

Scott Law Acoustic Boogie Experience | October 15 | | Hood River

Sip a glass of Gorge-grown wine while enjoying Scott Law’s earnest crooning in the week’s installment of Springhouse Cellar’s “Ruins Tuesday.”  While Law’s warm and genuine acoustic Americana gets your feet a-tappin’, you can also peruse the ten handcrafted, single-vineyard local wines poured via tap in the Cellar’s rustic tasting room.

Sol Seed | November 9 | | Zigzag

Head in from the slopes to catch Eugene’s Sol Seed spread their message of universal love at the Skyway Bar and Grill. The sixpiece’s good-time psychedelic reggae will warm even the chilliest of fall nights.

 Eastern Oregon

35th Annual Alpenfest | September 26-29 | | Wallowa County

The four-day celebration of Swiss and Bavarian culture returns to Oregon’s “Little Switzerland.” Immerse yourself in the region’s customary food and drink, entertainment, and performances by traditional and not-so-traditional acts. Stick around on Friday and Saturday nights to catch Portland’s DJ GlobalRuckus, who will be spinning German hip hop and dance music from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Romancing the West | October 4 | | Pendleton

It’s more than just a show. Immerse yourself in Oregon history through a spirited documentary-style pageant highlighting the interwoven stories of our fair state. An array of award-winning local performers including Melanie, Christina Duane, Iron Butterfly’s Martin Gerschwitz and jazz legend Patti Moran McCoy provide the soundtrack as history comes alive onscreen.

Great Circle Music Festival | September 13-15 | | La Grande

“Party with a purpose” at the Blue Mountain 4-H center during the annual Great Circle Music Festival, a benefit for the Blue Mountains Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that supports the natural habitat surrounding Grande Ronde County. Expect a beautiful weekend of inspiring music, unity and sustainable practices during this family-friendly festival.

1859’s new music blogger, Meredith Frengs Wales, has been an Oregonian since 2001. Wales leads a double life as a high school English teacher by day and a passionate music fan outside the classroom. Meredith parlays her past experience as a radio promoter and marketing professional into discovering–and sharing–the incredible musical offerings of our fair state. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Meredith spends time show-hopping with her musician-slash-journalist husband and exploring all the history and culture that Oregon has to offer.


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