In the Cooky Jar
There is ass-shaking to be done in this town, and DJ Cooky Parker (Scott Magee) provides one of the best dance nights to do just that. Held on the first Friday of every month at the East Portland Eagles Lodge, In the Cooky Jar clearly demonstrates the magnificent depth of Parker’s crates as he pulls out awesome 45 after 45 of the greatest classic soul and RnB cuts you will ever hear, and lose your goddamn mind to. Pro-tip: Feel free to wear clothes—but don’t go overboard—because you will work up a sweat. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
9 pm, Eagles Lodge (F.O.E.#3256), $5 w/ food donation, 7 w/out
It’s that time of year again—Pickathon time! The music festival, celebrating its 20th birthday this year, has flourished at a time when other Portland-area music festivals are dropping like flies. Perhaps this has to do with their adventurous curatorial approach, stretching far beyond the roots and acoustic music that got them started to embrace the most talented bands in the world, regardless of genre. Or perhaps it has to do with the premium they put on attendant experience, such as the fest’s glorious farmyard setting, its pioneering sustainability practices, and a something-for-everyone approach that caters to both families and all-night revelers. Whatever the reason, it’s the best weekend of the summer. Don’t miss it. NED LANNAMANN
Fri-Sun, Pendarvis Farm, $160-320, all ages
Tualatin Crawfish Festival
People love lobster, but what about the good ol' crawdad, huh? Why can't crawdaddy get some festival love? Tualatin's got the answer to that question with this weekend-long celebration of the crayfish in all his tasty glory, with multiple food, beer, and wine booths available, with kids activities, a watermelon eating contest (for the kids) and Crawfish eating contest (for the grownups), with live music from tribute bands Ramble On (Led Zeppelin) and Stone in Love (Journey). And if you're one of the first 50 people through the gates on Friday, you get into Saturday for free!
Fri 4 pm, Sat 10 am; Tualatin Community Park, $5, all ages
The Body, Dark Castle, Lingua Ignota, MSC
In May, experimental metal duo the Body dropped I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer, and soon after released a collaborative album with New York industrial duo Uniform. Mental Wounds Not Healing—a lyric from Ozzy Osbourne's 1980 single "Crazy Train"—takes the best qualities from each band;: the pulsing drum machine pairs nicely with fuzzy guitar reverb and screeching synth tones. Though it’s difficult to decipher the lyrics, the whole album is a noisy piece of art that captures the feeling of an unstable psyche. CERVANTE POPE
9 pm, Doug Fir, $12
Adam Ant, The Fixx
The UK post-punk and new wave icon breaks out the hit singles live on stage when the "Anthems" Tour swings through the Oregon Zoo Amphitheater.
7 pm, Oregon Zoo, $35-95, all ages
Please Underestimate Me
Jason Rouse directs Jay Flewelling's latest creative endeavor, a combination of traditional play, sketch comedy show, and autobiographical storytelling event, tracing Flewelling's long and winding path through life, with five actors and an ASL interpreter playing Flewelling and his various allies and antagonists at different points along his timeline.
Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $15-25
Saeeda Wright & the Wright Way
Join vocalist Saeeda Wright and her band for a night filled with soul, jazz, and gospel sounds when she swings through the Jack London Revue.
9 pm, Jack London Revue, $15
The minds behind Tribute Night have once again put together one hell of a Friday night throwdown for those who recognize greatness when they hear it, and it's easy to recognize it when it arrives in the forms of Janelle Monae, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, Salt 'n' Pepa, and more. Partial proceeds from the festivities will go towards charities benefitting women of color, as well as the family of Nia Wilson.
9 pm, Holocene, $10
Plastic Weather, Gender Confetti, The Social Stomach, Kids Table
Plastic Weather’s love of the bizarre is obvious, but it’s oddly inviting, carving out a space and sound for those of us on the fringes of traditional hyper-masculine punk. DELANEY MOTTER
8 pm, No Fun, $5
Planning for Burial, Drowse, Amulets, Canadensis
Lots of bands claim to exist in between established genre boundaries, but Planning for Burial is one of the few that actually does it. Since the mid-2000s, the Pennsylvania-based project has sounded like soaring post-rock, blistering noise, placid doom, overcast pop, heavy ambient music, cracked black metal, and scowling slowcore—sometimes all at once. There’s one vibe that runs through it all, and that’s despondence, and there’s one guy behind that despondence: Thom Wasluck, who has a gift for making gloom beautiful. Wasluck’s most recent album, Below the House, was one of 2017’s best. Also on tonight’s bill: Portland’s best Planning for Burial analog, Drowse (whose new album Cold Air is a must-hear), plus Amulets and Canadensis. BEN SALMON
9 pm, Tonic Lounge
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!