1859 Oregon's Magazine | May/June 2019

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Find Your Favorite

Oregon’s best places to catch live music written by Ben Salmon

FOR LOVERS OF LIVE MUSIC, Oregon has no shortage of must-visit destinations. Here are just a few of the best spots to catch a concert across the state. WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Sam Bond’s Garage, Eugene Eugene’s a distinctive town, and few places embody it quite like this cozy corner bar in the funky Whiteaker district. For twenty-five years, Sam Bond’s has been an excellent place to get some grub, down a pint or two, and settle in for that evening’s entertainment, whether it’s a touring rock band, a bluegrass pickin’ session or the Sunday afternoon Irish jam. It’s open to anyone, because at Sam Bond’s, everyone’s welcome. That’s why Esquire called this place the “family room of one of the weirdest neighborhoods in America.” Also check out: • Sokol Blosser Winery, Dayton • Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Broadway, which bisects downtown Portland, was home to a number of large theaters in the mid-20th century. Now, only “The Schnitz” remains. The grand hall is home to the Oregon Symphony and is easily spotted, thanks to its bright “Portland” sign that towers over the intersection of Broadway and Main Street. Make no mistake: The Schnitz is not some outdated museum piece. It hosts scores of events each year, including films, dance performances, conferences and concerts of all styles.

Doug Fir Lounge Nestled in the heart of Portland’s hip East Burnside area, this “rustic chic” bar hosts a wide variety of bands in its often chilly basement, where the walls are lined with the massive milled logs that give the place its name. The acoustics down here are almost perfect, which makes the music particularly enjoyable, whether it’s being made by a popular local band or a fast-rising indie artist. (Bonus tip: Arrive early and eat in the restaurant upstairs. The meatloaf is excellent.) Also check out: • Oregon Zoo’s Summer Concerts • Mississippi Studios • Pickathon festival, Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley • Horning’s Hideout, North Plains

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