Royalty descends upon the city Saturday in the form of Pop superstar Lorde, and the barely controlled hip-hop explosion that is Run the Jewels. But they are not the only royals laying claim to the weekend. The Magnificent is on the ones and twos Friday night, and a full-blown Ceremony of Sludge is occurring all weekend. That's not even getting into the various celebrations of deliciousness (including a festival dedicated solely to coffee, beer, and donuts, oh my!) and your last tastes of Hot Fruit. It's a very busy weekend ahead; hit the links below and load your plate accordingly.
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Friday, Mar 9
DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Wicked, DJ Nature
Jeff Townes is known as “The Magnificent” Jazzy Jeff because only such a mellifluous superlative could properly capture the precision in his hands and the genius between his ears. There isn't a single aspect of the DJ arts this hip-hop legend hasn't mastered. Hell, he probably invented about five or six of 'em himself. Selecting, scratching, blending, juggling—If this isn't the single best DJ showcase you see in this city all year, then 2018 is gonna be one miraculous year. BOBBY ROBERTS
10 pm, 45 East, $20
Ceremony of Sludge VII: Day 1
Ceremony of Sludge oozes into its seventh (!) year with another weekend of wall-to-wall bangers. While the two-night metal/doom fest used to feature lesser-known bands, it’s evolved to focus on a solid mix of obscure and globetrotting heavies. Disenchanter, who has risen to the top of Portland’s heavy metal heap through hard work and incessant live performances, leads the pack on night one. The addition of drummer Douglas Jennings Barrett has given the band a jolt, and the result is a lethal combination of American doom and NWOBHM. The funereal Will and heavy metalists Mane of the Cur creep out onstage for rare performances. (The latter’s forthcoming record Retreat of the Glaciers is out this month.) Newcomers Void Realm (featuring former Atriarch guitarist Brooks Blackhawk) and two-piece electronic doom band Glacial Fall round out a bill that’s so action-packed, you might need to wear a hardhat and safety goggles. MARK LORE
8 pm, Tonic Lounge, $10
The bluegrass, folk, and American roots singer/songwriter and in-demand producer swings through Portland in support of Almanack, his eighth collaboration with singer/songwriter Gillian Welch.
8 pm, Roseland, $35-47.50
International Women's Day Party: Festa Della Donna
The Star Theater hosts a global dance party in celebration of International Women's Day, with live music from Italian folk band Mbrascatu, Russian and Eastern European folk-punk party starters Chervona, and a "video discoteka" set from DJ Zhenya, who will be spinning an array of European hits from the past.
8 pm, Star Theater, $15-40
Ezza Rose, Bitch'n, Kendall Core
Tonight Portland singer/songwriter Ezza Rose celebrates the release of her excellent new album No Means No. Across seven shimmering pop-rock tracks, Rose examines the weight of words, particularly in terms of boundaries and forgiveness. For this hometown release show, she’ll be joined by rock ’n’ roll super-squad Bitch’n and goth folksinger Kendall Core.
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $10
Curtis on Tour: Bernstein's 100th Birthday Celebration
The grave of Leonard Bernstein sits on a Brooklyn hilltop, complete with a panoramic vista of water and city that includes the Statue of Liberty in the distance—an apt view for one of America's greatest musical legends. As a tireless educator, Bernstein would be proud to know that some of the brightest students from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music are traveling the country this year to celebrate the centenary of his birth. These young artists are joining forces with clarinet god David Shifrin and the Zorá String Quartet for a setlist that includes several works from the composer's catalog, including an arrangement of songs and dances from his smash hit West Side Story. Along with pieces from Bernstein, the program also includes music composed by other notable first-generation Americans: Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. Something's comin', something good! BRIAN HORAY
7:30 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $10-45
Between the Buried and Me, The Dear Hunter, Leprous
Any time Norwegian metal giants Enslaved stop in Portland, chances are very good they’ll be the most prog-influenced heavy band in town that week. But not this time—not with prog-metal veterans Between the Buried and Me rolling into Wonder Ballroom tonight. You see, where Enslaved spices up its sound with prog elements, Between the Buried and Me’s primary aesthetic revolves around the zigzagging arrangements, whiplash rhythms, and technical wizardry of prog-metal. For nearly two decades, the North Carolina band has skillfully walked the line between melodic grandeur, machine-gun thrash, and controlled chaos, rarely taking its foot off the gas. Their first part of its new two-part album, Automata I, comes out today, with Automata II expected to drop this coming summer. BEN SALMON
7 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $25-28 all ages
The Aces: Hot Fruit
It’s always a treat to see the Aces, the infinitely inventive, disarmingly handsome, buoyantly goofy sketch duo of Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters. Amid chaos and uncertainty, we can always count on them to make us laugh by pretending to be gorillas. Or sloths! Or rich bird enthusiasts speaking in soothing tones while their male model houseboy serves snacks! Whatever the Aces are up to—in their latest outing, Hot Fruit, that’s “fire, intrigue, and of course, produce”—it’s worth seeing.
8 pm, Siren Theater, $12-15
Global Based: Noche de Cumbia
The city's only monthly moombahton showcase returns, with headlining sets from San Antonio-hailing tropical bass outfit Bruk Out and Dallas cumbia house producer Erick Jaimez, along with local support from Mami Miami and Monkarch.
10 pm, The Whiskey Bar, $10-15
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Franklin Schaffner's 1968 sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes is one of the best counter-arguments to the (broken) conventional wisdom suggesting hysterical spoiler-avoidance at all costs is the purest, most important aspect to enjoying storytelling. For the longest time this movie has been sold to audiences via the image of Charlton Heston beating up a beach in response to learning the planet of the apes is EARTH! And for something like 30 years, the film has managed to grow and maintain an appreciative audience anyway. It's almost like the "what" of a story isn't anywhere near as important as how the story is told—and the how of Planet of the Apes balances classiness and kitsch, elegance and chintz in a way that still packs a punch even when you know (maybe even because you know) what's coming. BOBBY ROBERTS
9:55 pm, Academy Theater, $3-4
Saturday, Mar 10
Lorde, Run the Jewels, Tove Stryke
When I think of music's greatest friendships—Hall and Oates, Simon and Garfunkel, motherfuckin' Captain and Tennille—Lorde, El-P, and Killer Mike aren't the first group of BFFs who come to mind. AND YET, here they are, on tour together, with the clever, thundering hip-hop of RTJ—AKA El-P and Killer Mike—setting the stage for Lorde, the New Zealand singer/songwriter whose haunting, gorgeous albums Pure Heroine and Melodrama are pretty much perfect. It's gonna be a weird, fun night. ERIK HENRIKSEN
7 pm, Moda Center, $39.50-99.50
It's like a mixtape you can drink, starring some of Portland's best brewers, all coming together to see what kind of miraculous concoctions they can cook up together, with one-of-a-kind beers being created by Golden Valley, Ex Novo, Mt. Tabor, Stormbreaker, Widmer, and more. Proceeds benefit the Nature Conservancy.
2 pm, Base Camp Brewing, $25-40
Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap
With admission only a buck, it's hard to justify not swinging by Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap—which returns this weekend to take over the Eagles Lodge with table after table and crate after crate of classic comics, weird old magazines, battered VHS tapes, dog-eared paperbacks, creepy toys, and all sorts of half-forgotten pop-culture ephemera. Chances are good you'll find something you had no idea existed, and chances are also good you'll end up taking it home. ERIK HENRIKSEN
11 am, Eagles Lodge, $1-5, all ages
The Cider Rite of Spring
Admission includes a glass and eight tasting tickets with which to sample over 100 ciders from 35 of the Northwest's top cider makers, including Finnriver, Dragon's Head, 2 Towns, Portland Cider Company, and many more. Visit nwcider.com for a full list of participating cideries and vendors.
noon, Leftbank Annex, $25-50
A full weekend of stand-up with the veteran comedian and actor who got his start on Star Search before becoming a household name for his starring roles in Houseguest, First Kid, and Jingle All the Way. (But not Shazam. Because that's not a movie. So he was never in it. There's a whole story about it. Your memory likes to fuck with you. He'll probably talk about it in the show.)
7:30 pm, 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $35
Colin Jenkins, Ryan Oxford
Some might know Colin Jenkins through his piano skills and harmonic hand in the Portland pop brigade Ages and Ages. A few less might know Jenkins through his solo material, which amounts to just a few sparse demos and covers uploaded online. That's about to change with his newest record, RE: FWD: FWD, which diverges from that old simplicity and dives headfirst into bright ’80s retro-pop territory. From the campier “Get My Weed from You” to standout “Closer2You,” Jenkins has built a collection of songs with kaleidoscopic synth juxtaposed by tight percussive beds, creating a world that feels palpably neon. The real thrill comes from Jenkins' vocal performance, often flanked by soft harmonies and guest vocalists. At times, his velvety pop timbre even evokes tamer moments of old Prince lines. Tonight’s record release show will kick off with the dreamy psych-folk offerings of fellow local Ryan Oxford.
9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $10
Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival
During last Sunday's Academy Awards, Frances McDormand called on Hollywood to financially support women. While the organizers of the annual Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POW Film Festival) couldn’t possibly have predicted the timeliness of their event, it’s timely as hell: The fest showcases films directed by women. That, in and of itself, is reason to hand them your dollars. But also: There’s some good stuff here! Saturday (in conjunction with the Hollywood Theatre's Feminist March film series) features two documentaries by Barbara Kopple: 1976's Harlan County U.S.A., an unforgettable documentary about a coal miners’ strike in Kentucky; and striking a totally different tone, 2015's Miss Sharon Jones!, about the beloved soul singer’s bout with cancer. ELINOR JONES
7 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $15
Donavon Frankenreiter, John Craigie
Billabong-sponsored surfer and Jack Johnson protégé (shudder) Donavon Frankenreiter headlines tonight’s show, but his opening act is the name worth remembering. John Craigie is the California-born, Portland-based singer/songwriter whose Americana ballads and aw-shucks humor instantly won over the crowd at Pickathon’s 2018 kickoff party (he’ll play the festival this summer). Last year Craigie released a new LP called No Rain, No Rose, which delivers more of the Mitch Hedberg-meets-Bob Dylan folksongs he’s been honing over the past decade, especially his ode to astronaut Michael Collins and cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice.” But the best introduction to Craigie is still probably “I Wrote Mr. Tambourine Man” (from 2013’s The Apocalypse Is Over); at the Pickathon party he said he’d written the song after meeting a man in a New Orleans bar who claimed to have been ripped off by Dylan. CIARA DOLAN
8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $25-30
Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls
While the Timbers’ faithful eagerly await next month’s home opener against Minnesota United FC, you’ll want to tune in to the season before then, as Portland’s 2018 campaign-opening road trip might prove to be one of the most intriguing stretches in club history. This afternoon’s matchup against the New York Red Bulls pits newly minted Timbers’ head coach Giovanni Savarese against a foe he’s more than familiar with. Drafted in the ninth round of the MLS Inaugural Player Draft, Savarese became one of the league’s first breakout stars while playing for New York in the late ’90s, and would return to the organization a decade later to head up youth development. With a large mix of talented new arrivals and familiar faces eager to cement their place in the Timbers’ starting 11, Savarese will have no shortage of cards up his sleeve when he returns to face-off against the club he famously helped establish over two decades ago. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
4 pm, Your TV, or a Friend's TV, or a Bar's Big Screen Surrounded by Enthusiastic Drunkards with a Passion for Footy
Carla Cackowski plays ringmaster in this wild and loose local sketch comedy revue, with a cast that includes Shelly Santa Cruz, Hallie Zmroczek, Katie Behrens, Jake Hull, Emily Larkin, DK Reinemer, Chris Parsons, and Justin Himes.
9:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater
Ceremony of Sludge VII: Day 2
The Ceremony of Sludge mini-fest returns for a seventh year, bringing you a landslide of headbang-worthy heavy metal and doom played at ear-melting volumes for a great cause. Night two features performances by Witch Mountain, Eye of Solitude, Marche Funebre, Usnea, and HZ.
9 pm, Tonic Lounge, $10-13
Sunday, Mar 11
Celebrating David Bowie
Bowie tributes have multiplied like the giant rats in Hunger City, but when Bowie’s original collaborators are involved, it’s worth scoring a ticket. Pianist Mike Garson (that’s him pole-vaulting all over “Aladdin Sane”) and guitarist Earl Slick (Station to Station, the “Serious Moonlight” tour) are just two of the Starman’s longtime associates involved with the “Celebrating David Bowie” tribute tour, and with Sting’s kid Joe Sumner on vocals, they’re well suited to pay proper homage to one of the greatest catalogs in music. NED LANNAMANN
8 pm, Roseland, $35-50
Turtlenecked, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Whitney Ballen
It’s time for the second installment of 555-Burn, the Doug Fir’s new monthly concert series showcasing some of the best in local music. For this month’s show, they’ve teamed up with Good Cheer Records for a lineup featuring three of the label’s artists. Despite the fact that Harrison Smith (AKA Turtlenecked) and Katherine Paul (AKA Black Belt Eagle Scout) are two of Good Cheer’s biggest names, they've yet to take the stage together. Paul's 2017 debut Mother of My Children blends post-grunge and tender pop, and is gently captivating when played live. Seattle's Whitney Ballen will open with her warm Joanna Newsom-meets-Kria Brekkan slow-pop. Proceeds from this 555-Burn show go toward Portland Public Schools' Nutrition Services, so seeing some good artists for a good price and a good cause are pretty synonymous.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $5-8
Squirrel Nut Zippers
The reunited Chapel Hill-hailing band bring their delta blues, gypsy jazz, and swing back to the Aladdin Theater for the stop on a North American tour supporting Beasts of Burgundy, their first new album since 2009's Lost at Sea.
8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $35
Awolnation, Nothing but Thieves, Irontom
Singer/songwriter Aaron Bruno and his Los Angeles-based alt rock and electropop outfit make their way back up the West Coast for a Portland stop on the "Here Come the Runts" tour.
8 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $29.50-35, all ages
The Fur Coats, Souvenir Driver, Seance Crasher
This past spring, the Fur Coats returned to Portland after a month-long European tour a tighter-knit group and an even mightier live act. The shadowy R&B six-piece has been riding that momentum through 2017 and recording new material, including the single “Mirror Gazing Pt. 1: We Live.” It’s a slow-building lounge song with an accompanying video that’s a little more sparkly than their previous efforts, but still perfectly captures the Coats’ knack for blending the best of traditional rock and soul with the arty and strange visions of songwriters Chris Hoganson and Betty Downey. MARK LORE
8 pm, Rontoms, free
4th Annual Baker's Dozen Coffee, Beer & Doughnut Festival
You probably just clutched at your heart simply reading the title to this event. Slowly retract those claws. Redirect them to your wallet. Keep it in your hand as you drive to Ecliptic. You will want it at the ready, because holy shit it's a beer/coffee/doughnut festival! All at the same time! Admission includes a souvenir glass, and 4oz samples of all 13 coffee beers available, as well as samples of the doughnuts available.
10 am, Ecliptic Brewing, $28-33
Colin Mochrie & Friends
If you're unfamiliar with Curious Comedy, they are a terrific theater providing stand-up comedy, improv, and classes to a laff-needing city. So don't miss tonight's fundraiser for the venue, Colin Mochrie and Friends, starring the verrrry funny former star of Who's Line Is It Anyway? doing improv with all-star members of the Curious Comedy troupe. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
7:30 pm, Revolution Hall, $25, all ages
Longclaw, The Hague, Wayside Ghost
Up-and-coming Portland quartet Longclaw headline Mississippi Studios with their heartfelt and atmospheric post-hardcore sounds. Local math-rock shapeshifters The Hague and newly-minted indie folk trio Wayside Ghost round out the proceedings.
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $5
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!