September is settling in, and that first short week of the month always seems packed too full to actually be a day short, and this year is no exception. Even if it was a full week, it'd probably still feel full-to-bursting, what with royalty celebrating a birthday, local hip-hop presenting another top-notch Thesis, some seriously fresh installments of local comedy taking some much-deserved spotlight, and a pair of beloved film classics taking up much-deserved screen space. That's just a fraction of what's on the menu; hit the links below and load your plate accordingly.
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Tuesday, Sept 4
Floating Room, Babehoven, Layperson
A trio of excellent pop and indie rock outfits gather at the Doug Fir for a benefit show supporting The Pixie Project that doubles as a release show for Babehoven's new EP, Sleep.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $10
Bey Day: A Celebration of the Queen
Hear ye, hear ye! Our flawless and noble Queen Bey, AKA Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, AKA the GREATEST LIVING PERFORMER ON THE PLANET is having a birthday. After dropping increasingly monumental visual albums with 2013’s self-titled and 2016’s Lemonade (for which she is still owed two Grammys), it is mindboggling that this woman has continued to evolve and peak! Since giving birth to twins, Bey’s already given us the unparalleled “Beychella,” a brand-new album with her hubby in which Bey reveals she’s also an amazing rapper (Everything Is Love), and an unmissable stadium world tour that’ll come as close as Seattle on October 4. Thirty-seven has literally never looked so good. In clubs, warehouses and house parties across the globe, plebeians and faithful hive members will be grateful for the blessing that is Beyoncé. Celebrate this muthafuckin’ queen by dancing the night away and paying homage to all the amazing music, performances, and looks that have comprised her supreme reign. Unfortunately there’s only one Bey Day party in Portland. (GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, PORTLAND. It’s no wonder she hasn’t come here in over a decade!) Holocene is hosting its fifth annual celebration that includes a costume contest, dance-off, and DJs spinning the fuck out of Yoncé’s catalog. Look forward to live dance performances, video art inspired by the queen, and a photo booth. Now go read her Vogue cover story for the 37th time and then come praise this magnificent, peerless bitch! JENNI MOORE
8 pm, Holocene, $10
American Idol fifth season finalist Chris Daughtry and his alt rock outfit return to town to headline the Roseland in support of their latest full-length, Cage To Rattle.
8 pm, Roseland, $36.50-55
Washington, D.C.-based author and activist Mark Andersen returns with We Are the Clash, offering readers a detailed glimpse into the final chapter of the legendary UK punk outfit.
7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free
Blood Simple came out in 1984 and promptly reminded everybody why they liked film noir. Creepy and smart and dark and funny, it launched the career of the Coen Brothers, and featured fantastic performances from Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh. ERIK HENRIKSEN
9:20 pm, Living Room Theaters, $11
Wednesday, Sept 5
The I, Anonymous Show
If you’re looking for the most laff-tastic monthly comedy show in town, look no further than the I, Anonymous Show! Host Caitlin Weierhauser (Portland’s Funniest Person 2017) picks the craziest, most jaw-dropping anonymous submissions from the Mercury’s very popular column and blog, and then reads them aloud while gleefully dissecting them with a panel of funny smarty-pants. For those who like being shocked and laughing their bottoms off at the same time, you’ll love this show. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10
Amy Helm, Holly Ann
Amy Helm isn't just Levon Helm's daughter, she's a well-regarded singer/songwriter in her own right. Catch her tonight when when she returns to town for a headlining show at Mississippi Studios.
8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $20-24
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The renowned Mexican classical guitar duo join forces with the Norman Huynh and the Oregon Symphony to bring their folk- and flamenco-inspired riffs to life at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $40
Old Town Comedy Show
If you missed out on Amy Miller's last homecoming show, The Old Town Comedy Show is here with an opportunity to rectify that! Catch up with the former Portland comic tonight when she headlines an all-star line up, with Sam Miller, Isaac Novak, Julia Ramos, Neeraj Srinivasan, and Caitlin Weierhauser rounding out the proceedings. Hosted by Henry Russell Stoddard.
8 pm, Paris Theater, $15
Coal Miner's Daughter
Sissy Spacek won the 1980 Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in this movie, which is not only one of the best musical biopics ever made, but might also be the only onscreen appearance of Tommy Lee Jones where he doesn't look like the Rockbiter from The Neverending Story. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
Orchestra Becomes Radicalized, Brown Calculus
Portland Percussionist John Niekrasz leads an all-star orchestra featuring members of Deerhoof, Y La Bamba, Golden Retriever, Like a Villain, Dolphin Midwives, AU, and more thorough a intricate new sonic and visual work inspired by political activist Sophie Scholl and the White Rose resistance group.
8:30 pm, Holocene, $8-10
Gold Casio, Haunted Summer, Surfs Drugs
Portland’s Gold Casio melds campy, gold-plated disco with glitchy indie-pop, and the result is groovy and danceable—you can’t avoid this boogie fever, so might as well let it infect you. CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, The Fixin' To, $6
Thursday, Sept 6
Another first Thursday means it’s time for another deep-dive into the exploding Portland hip-hop scene with the Thesis. September's installment features sets from KayelaJ, Prince Hyph & Ugly Gang, LSP, Verbz, and special guests.
9 pm, Kelly's Olympian, $10
One of the greatest podcasts of our time is Risk!, in which hilarious host Kevin Allison (formerly of The State) inspires his guest storytellers to share true, mortifying, and funny tales they were too scared to tell anywhere else.
8 pm, Revolution Hall, $20, all ages
LVL UP, Pllush
The beloved quartet out of Brooklyn bring their warm and melodic indie rock back to the Mississippi Studios stage for the Portland stop on their farewell tour.
8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $12-15
Local illustrator and cartoonist Reid Psaltis celebrates the release of his new graphic novel, Kingdom/Order, with a free book signing and art exhibit at Floating World.
6 pm, Floating World Comics, free
The Cool Kids Patio Show
The Doug Fir's Cool Kids Patio Show rolls into September, bringing you an evening of free stand-up from Bo Johnson, Derek Sheen, and Barbara Holm, along with live music from Laryssa Birdseye. Hosted by Mohanad Elshieky.
6 pm, Doug Fir, free
If you’re fond of fellas like Jason Isbell, Josh Ritter, and Ryan Adams but haven’t yet dug into Pug’s work, do so immediately. BEN SALMON
8 pm, The Old Church, $18-22, all ages
Convincingly twangy, wryly hilarious, and catchy as a cold, Robbie Fulks is a monster talent with two decades run of music as diverse and delightful as any in the roots/country/folk field. Over the years, Fulks has been in bluegrass bands, recorded noisy instrumentals, cranked out power-pop, and covered Michael Jackson. Now he seems to have settled into doing what he does best: writing beautiful songs and performing them beautifully. Don't miss him when he does exactly that at White Eagle tonight. BEN SALMON
8 pm, White Eagle, $22-25
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!