It's October, and many venues in town are celebrating their anniversary—including the Doug Fir, which celebrates its ninth anniversary starting tonight; Mississippi Studios, which hosts a 10th anniversary hootenanny on Wednesday, October 30; and LaurelThirst Public House, which turns the big 2-5 this month and will be celebrating its silver anniversary all month long.

LaurelThirst has a busy schedule this month with lots of great shows, including a few very noteworthy events within its stacked calendar: Dolorean plays a free happy-hour set on Wednesday, October 30; Michael Hurley performs another happy hour set on Friday, October 18 (as well as sharing the bill with the Horse's Ha on Tuesday, October 8; and some nefarious-sounding ensemble called White Tundra plays a free happy-hour set on Wednesday, October 9.

What's White Tundra, and why are they playing Black Prairie songs? Turns out it is Black Prairie, but with their instruments plugged in and cranked up. They'll be playing their acoustic folk favorites, but with lots of electricity connected to their strings. Black Prairie member Chris Funk describes it as a "bad idea." Maybe it is, and I can't wait to hear it:

Exactly how loud can a banjo get through a half stack and did we even want it louder in the first place? What does Jenny’s “Dirty River Stomp” sound like on a real Hammond B3 at 110 db? Will Nate slap or fuzz tone the intro solo to “Ostinato Del Caminito”? Does Captain Bluegrass simply implode when he touches an electric guitar or run in place while tapping solos? Or, will Annalisa’s Chinese made $64.00 electric white violin explode on the first song?
Black Prairie also performs a slightly more prestigious gig this month, joining the Oregon Symphony on October 19 for their "Portland's Indies" night. They're going into the studio in November to record their third album with producer Vance Powell, who's also produced the White Stripes and Kings of Leon, so who knows? Maybe this White Tundra thing will stick.

More info and schedules of the Doug Fir's, Mississippi Studios', and LaurelThirst's anniversaries after the jump!

LaurelThirst Public House 25th Anniversary

2958 NE Glisan Portland 97232
October 1-31, 2013 - see schedule below

The LaurelThirst Public House will be celebrating 25 years of Portland music and community the entire month of October.

Started in 1988, The LaurelThirst (or “The Thirst” as it is has affectionately become known) hitched it’s wagon to the local Portland Americana music scene and hasn’t looked back. Word spread about the new club and more shows were added leading to the present, when the pub hosts music twice a day, almost every day. Of the 12 - 14 shows presented a week, all but 3 are free shows. The Thirst has become so loved for it’s support of the local live music scene by the musician’s that frequent it, that many of them refer to it as “their living room”. What started as a couple musicians playing in the window for tips, has now grown up to be one of the most dependable local venues to see great music.

The celebration, as the pub itself, will be a low key mixture or old and new and focus on the unique bond that has developed between the pub, musicians and the live music loving community in Portland. The month long festivities will kick off on Tuesday October 1st at 6PM with one of Portland’s premier bluegrass bands, Jackstraw. Jackstraw plays every Tuesday from 6-8PM but the kickoff will involve a third set lasting until 9PM.

Laurelthirst Public House 25th Anniversary Complete Music Schedule

Tuesday, October 1st - Jackstraw (6-9PM free)
Wednesday, October 2nd - Ducky Pig (6pm free); Pete Kartsounes (9pm free)
Thursday, October 3rd - Lewi & The Left Coast Roasters (6pm free); TBA (9:30pm )
Friday, October 4th - Prairie Dogs (6pm free); Golden Delicious REUNION SHOW (9:30pm)
Saturday, October 5th - Old Flames (6pm free); Bingo Band (9:30pm)
Sunday, October 6th - Freak Mountain Ramblers (6pm free)
Monday, Oct. 7th - Portland Country Underground (6pm free); Kung Pao Chickens (9pm free)
Tuesday, October 8th - Jackstraw (6pm free); Michael Hurley, The Horse's Ha (9pm free)
Wednesday, October 9th – Electric Black Prairie: White Tundra (6pm free); Buster Blue, McDougall (9pm free)
Thursday, October 10th - The Resolectrics (6pm free); Jimmy Boyer Band (9:30pm)
Friday, October 11th - Joe McMurrian & Woodbrain (6pm free); Baby Gramps (9:30pm)
Saturday, October 12th - Psych Country Revue (6pm free); Miss Becky Kapell, The Rainworms (9:30pm)
Sunday, October 13th - Freak Mountain Ramblers (6pm free)
Monday, Oct. 14th - Portland Country Underground (6pm free); Kung Pao Chickens (9pm free)
Tuesday, October 15th - Jackstraw (6pm free): Shag’s Afroknot & Friends (9pm free)
Wednesday, October 16th - Quick & Easy Boys (6pm free); The Lowest Pair (9pm free)
Thursday, October 17th - Lewi & The Left Coast Roasters (6pm free); The Pine Hearts, Whistlin' Rufus (9:30pm free)
Friday, October 18th - Michael Hurley & The Croakers (6pm free); Lynn Conover & Gravel (9:30pm)
Saturday, October 19th - Psych Country Revue (6pm free); Lewi & The Left Coast Roasters, Mike Coykendall (9:30pm)
Sunday, October 20th - Freak Mountain Ramblers (6pm free)
Monday, Oct. 21st - Portland Country Underground (6pm free); Kung Pao Chickens (9pm free)
Tuesday, October 22nd - Jackstraw (6pm free)
Wednesday, October 23rd - Little Sue Band Reunion (6pm free); Jamie Leopold & the Short Stories (9pm free)
Thursday, October 24th - Lewi & the Left Coast Roasters (6pm free); Tim Acott Presents: The Ridgerunner Summit, Reggie Houston's Box of Chocolates (9:30pm)
Friday, October 25th - Alice Stuart (6pm free); Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners, guests (9:30pm)
Saturday, October 26th - Psych Country Revue (6pm free); Jack Ruby Presents (album release), guests (9:30pm)
Sunday, October 27th - Freak Mountain Ramblers (6pm free)
Monday, Oct. 28th - Portland Country Underground (6pm free); Kung Pao Chickens (9pm free)
Tuesday, Oct. 29th - Jackstraw (6pm free): Billy Kennedy, Dan Haley & Tim Acott (9PM free)
Wednesday, October 30th - Dolorean (6pm free); Simon Tucker Blues Band (9pm free)
Thursday, October 31st - Lewi & the Left Coast Roasters (6pm free); Pagan Jug Band (9:30pm)


3939 N Mississippi

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Mississippi Studios 10th Anniversary Hootenany with many special guests including
Laura Gibson
Adam Shearer
Kyle Morton (mini-Typhoon)
Sneakin Out
Matt Sheehy

6-9pm, on the patio, FREE
All-ages w/parent until 8pm

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CONTINUES with a few of our favorites and a few special guests!
Americana roots music with a punk flair from Brooklyn
The Defibulators
Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters

7:00pm Doors, 8:00pm Show
Mostly Standing / Seated Balcony
$8.00 Advance / $10.00 Day of show
Purchase advanced tickets

A week of specials & prizes
OCTOBER 1-8th 2013

In 2004 we opened the log-lined doors as early pioneers of the Lower East Burnside neighborhood, and have since established the restaurant, bar and music venue as an iconic Portland staple. The subterranean lounge has served as the rock-fueled engine of Doug Fir, continuing to bring thousands of rising stars as well as industry veterans to Portland’s music lovers. Most recently, Rolling Stone Magazine recognized us with the distinguished honor of being one of the “Best Clubs in America” on their 2013 list. Upstairs in the restaurant and bar, Doug Fir boasts a full menu of distinctive Northwest cuisine serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night grub with a drink menu to satisfy every Portland palette.

Buy an advanced ticket online to any show during THE ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER and you are automatically entered to win the grand prize.


The more advanced tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win! We’ll enter all entries into a drawing on October 31st and announce the winner on Friday, November 1st via Facebook, Twitter and our e-newsletter. This contest is only open to ONLINE ADVANCED TICKET PURCHASERS FOR OCTOBER DOUG FIR CONCERTS!

Instagram Contest! Win Tickets for 2 to an upcoming show and a Food+Beverage Voucher to the restaurant. Top three photos win a pair of tickets plus $50/75/$100 Food + Beverage voucher!

Here’s how to win: Take a photo at Doug Fir during anniversary week, Tag it #dougfirlounge and #9years and upload to Instagram. You’re automatically entered to win! We’ll choose the best photos, notify you via Instagram that you’ve won and share it across our networks!

Tickets for all Doug Fir shows are available for purchase on our website, Jackpot Records, as well as the Doug Fir box office on show nights starting at 7:00pm. Our anniversary week lineup of shows includes:

· Tuesday October 1 - Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Red Fang, Aan, WL*
· Wednesday October 2 – Lee Dewyze
· Thursday October 3 – Tom Odell
· Friday October 4 – Houses, Amp Live, Jeni Wren
· Saturday October 5 – Laura Veirs, Karl Blau
· Sunday October 6 – Wild Ones, Minden, Paper Brain
· Monday October 7 – Ha Ha Tonka, Samantha Crain
· Tuesday October 8 – Dave Simonett, Ark Life

*no advanced tickets available – RSVP Here

First 25 people in the door each night during anniversary week receive a FREE Doug Fir beer koozie

As a thank you for nine years of support, Doug Fir would like to celebrate by offering food and drink specials during our nine-year anniversary week, featuring $9 Eggs Benedict, $9 Fir Burger/Fries, $5 Blackberry Cosmo’s and $2 Pints of Rainier.