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Local Portland Music Scene


Portland is part of the Pacific Northwest Region that has produced many successful artists. The metro population of Portland is over 2.2 million, according to the 2010 Census. Large campuses include Portland University, The University of Portland and Reed College. The local scene is covered by Oregonlive.com and Oregon Music News.

The history of the Portland music scene has included The Kingsmen, Everclear, Decemberists, Quarterflash, Nu Shooz, Dan Reed Network and Dandy Warhols. KNRK has been the flagship radio station for local music and is where Everclear began their climb to national fame. Some of the venues where Portland artists developed include Aladdin Theater and Satyricon. Certain times in history the Portland and Seattle scenes have worked together to create a national buzz about the Pacific Northwest region, as in the 60s with The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & The Raiders, who both recorded in Portland.

Portland Music Acts

Ahmond * Blue Phoenix Radio * Carrie Cunningham * Catherine Feeny * Cloverdayle * Cody Weathers * Courtney Jones * Dae * Eastern Sunz * Element 115 * Emma Hill * Falling Up * Floater * Ill Lucid Onset * Jacki Wheeler * Jennifer Batten * Kasey Anderson * Kousefly * Last Empire * Love Lies Dying * Morgan Grace * Naomi LaViolette * Oh, Hush! * Quarterdeck * Patrick Lamb * Phil Agrue * Rachel Lynn * RadioJet * Red Fang * Redwood Son * Rena Jones * Rob Stroup and The Blame * Scoobalachi * Shatterbrains * Sir Digital * Sixtieen Cities * Stephanie Schneiderman * Sue Zalokar * The Raining * 3 a.m. * Unter Null * Vintage Time Machines * Whiskey Hill * X-Day

Local Highlights

One of the most authoritative sources that tracks the Portand music scene is OregonLive.com, which is the website for The Oregonian. The online publication covers local scene acts such as Aan, Kye Kye and Caroline Oakley and the Old Time Highway. The website offers the latest headlines relevant to Portland. It's a useful site for posting community information. The site also covers local opera and college presentations.

Mississippi Studios is a legendary bar that was originally a Baptist church. The venue includes a balcony above the bar. The venue attracts national acts and offers many good deals on shows. It's a venue with an upstairs area that bands can rent as an option. Another legendary venue is the Aladdin Theater, where many sit down indie acts perform. The Aladdin Theater is a multi-purpose venue used even for media events.

The Decemberists are a Portland band who had gained national attention with music based on historical theme or folklore themes. They formed in 2000 and soon became leaders of the Portland folk scene before getting national airplay on alternative stations. Since their beginning through 2014 they have released six albums. The band has a unique baroque sound because they mix in sounds that are uncommon to pop such as the accordion and melodica.

Vortex Music Magazine published an overview of the Portland jazz scene on February 4, 2016. Some of the local venues mentioned that present live jazz include Jimmy Mak's, Solae's Lounge and Wilfs Restaurant. Radio stations that play local jazz artists include KMHD and KBOO. Much of the local jazz scene revolves around non-profit groups such as Jazz Society of Oregon, PDX Jazz and Creative Music Guild.









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