Halloween is getting closer every day, and this weekend almost feels like it wants to skip the wait and start now, which isn't a bad idea when you have the Boo Bomb dropping, Nuggets Night flying all the garage-raised birds as they say goodbye, a retro gamer's paradise unfolding at the Convention Center, and an all new version of The Evil Dead splattering the big screen. Oh yeah, the Clintons (Hillary and Chelsea, that is) are in town! That's only the tip of the entertainment iceberg in the city this weekend: Hit the links below and chart your course judiciously.


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Friday Oct 18

Nuggets Night Farewell Freaker
For 12 years, Nuggets Nights have featured Portland bands performing the garage-rock classics from the ’60s that appeared on Lenny Kaye’s legendary Nuggets compilation album and its countless sequels. Raise a glass, for this weekend is the Farewell Freaker—the final Nuggets Night celebration ever, with proceeds going to House of Sound. For two nights, local bands like the Pynnacles, Matt Rogers’ Miracle Workers, Dartgun and the Vignettes, and tons of others will play those loud, legendary, rude, rockin’ tunes that have made garage rock one of the most undying genres ever. (Fri-Sat Oct 18-19, 8:30 pm, The World Famous Kenton Club, $5) NED LANNAMANN

HUMP Greatest Hits Vol 2
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Portland Retro Gaming Expo
Since it began in 2006, the Portland Retro Gaming Expo has grown from a small gathering of enthusiasts in an old hotel conference room to a gigantic, multi-day affair that takes over much of the Oregon Convention Center. Thankfully, the focus on old-school video games remains the same—you’ll find an insane amount of hard-to-find games for sale, whether they're from the era of the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision or relatively newer titles—and there’ll also be slew of special guests, from cosplaying YouTubers to the creators of classics like Pitfall! and Paperboy. There’s more, including tournaments, a video game museum, and really very incredibly specific panels (“Making Alien vs. Predator for the Atari Jaguar: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective”), but the biggest draw might be the “Retrocade”: 30,000 square feet of classic arcade cabinets and pinball machines, all free to play. (Oct 18-20, Fri noon, Sat 9 am, Sun 10 am, Oregon Convention Center, $12-45, all ages) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Matt Braunger
Bridgetown Comedy Festival co-founder Matt Braunger is based in LA now, but he still returns to Portland often to deliver his self-deprecating, non-toxic-dude brand of standup. “Do you recognize the fact that you’re wearing a hockey jersey and basketball shorts, you pile of crap?” Braunger implored of men who complain about their marriages on a Conan guest spot. On his recent standup special Live in Portland, Braunger even manages to make “wokeness”—the most exhausted comedic topic of the decade, I’d argue—feel fresh and funny. (Fri-Sat Oct 18-19, 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $20) BLAIR STENVICK

Devendra Banhart, Daniel Higgs
Those who aren’t familiar with Devendra Banhart’s name will surely recognize him as the suspenders-over-a-Swans-T-shirt-wearing poster child of the “hipster” age. Banhart’s 15 years of freakish folk-pop surpass this perceived identity as the aesthetic mascot of hipsterdom, though the aforementioned look probably launched a thousand memes. Sure, he’s not reinventing the wheel with his 2016 release Ape in Pink Marble; the record continues to steer away from the airy love songs his discography’s foundation was built upon. If anything, it offers more aggressive, darker pop than its predecessor, 2013’s lovelorn Mala. And while Banhart’s last few albums have been met with incredibly mixed reviews, diehard fans will still swoon over his loving croon and revel in the fact that he’s still making music. (Fri Oct 18, 8 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $30-32, all ages) CERVANTE POPE

Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird is a one-man symphony: The multi-instrumentalist sings, whistles, and plays violin, guitar, and glockenspiel. He masterfully loops layers upon layers of dense, intricate sounds to create elaborate orchestral pop. (Fri Oct 18, 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $39.50-49.50, all ages) CIARA DOLAN

Gwar, Sacred Reich, Toxic Holocaust, Against the Grain
The longtime heavy metal act out of Richmond, Virginia bring their theatrical and gore-soaked live show back to the Roseland for the Portland stop on the "Use Your Collusion Tour," with Sacred Reich, Toxic Holocaust, and Against the Grain on-hand to round out the proceedings. (Fri Oct 18, 7:30 pm, Roseland, $25-30)

Todd Snider, Ramblin' Jack Elliott
It’s not as tough to find pure storytelling songwriters as it used to be, but with the proliferation of Nashville romanticism, it’s tougher to find good ones. Todd Snider is one of the good ones, a hilarious bard weaned on ’70s country and raised in the punk rock ’80s and early ’90s, who on his 17th album, Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3, furthers his own trippy, downhome reputation. Snider is capable of both sincere folk balladry (“Like a Force of Nature,” which features Jason Isbell) and super meta spoofs like album opener “Workin’ On a Song.” Paired with the legendary country icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott tonight, this show is practically mandatory. (Fri Oct 18, 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $30) RYAN J. PRADO

JPEGMAFIA, Butch Dawson
Fresh off a tour supporting Vince Staples, Los Angeles-based experimental rapper JPEGMAFIA (AKA Barrington Hendricks) returns to Portland for a sold-out headlining show at the Hawthorne Theatre supporting his latest album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs. (Fri Oct 18, 8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $20-23, all ages)

Dirty Revival, Lounge on Fire
Dirty Revival's self-titled album's opening song, "Dirty Love," is indicative of the band's directness. In a high-energy romp, singer Sarah Clarke's sultry vocals soar over a groove of Roots-inspired hip-hop and soul that more or less introduces the band's ethos: They're here to make you move. (Fri Oct 18, 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $16-18) RYAN J. PRADO

A Phenomenal Concert: The Journey of Blues & Gospel in America
Norman "The Boogie Cat" Sylvester has been taking his blues to Portland stages for longer than most of you readers have been alive. Catch him tonight as he presents "A Phenomenal Concert: The Journey of Blues and Gospel in America," along backing from a who's who of Oregon blues and gospel talent, including La Rhonda Steele and Tevis Hodge, Jr. (Fri Oct 18, 7:30 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $20)

The Talbott Brothers
It's hard to get more heartland than Imperial, Nebraska, and from that folksy soil comes brothers Tyler and Nick and their rock-inflected Americana sound. (Fri Oct 18, 8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $20, all ages)


Saturday, Oct 19

JAM’N 107.5’s Boo Bomb 6: Ice Cube, E-40, Ginuwine, Baby Bash, Zapp
If you love your throwbacks—and you better believe we do—the annual Jam’n 107.5 Boo Bomb is ready to throw you back to exactly where you want to be. This year’s festivities celebrating ’90s and ’00s R&B and rap is a certified banger that includes, but is not limited to, Ice Cube, Ginuwine (“Pony”), Baby Bash (“Suga Suga”), and ’70s electro funk outfit Zapp (“More Bounce to the Ounce”). No female-fronted acts have been announced yet, which gives me pause—but don’t be surprised if this lineup expands to include the ladies and even more of the acts you remember and adore. (Sat Oct 19, 7 pm, Moda Center, $45 & Up) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Cheryl Strayed
Powell's presents one hell of a powerhouse literary lineup on the Revolution Hall stage, and they're on that stage to celebrate the release of the Clintons' The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, and discuss the stories contained within its pages. Ticket price includes a copy of the book. (Sat Oct 19, 5 pm, Revolution Hall, $45, all ages)

Black Pumas
Fans of ’70s soul—hey, that’s me!—will rejoice over the sounds of Black Pumas, an Austin duo who reach deep into one of the genre’s greatest decades to mine the particular, rhythmic mood of this music. Expect brooding, fuzzy-buzzy guitars from Adrian Quesada, paired with staccato horns and organ, and fronted by the soulful vocals of lead singer Eric Burton who sounds like a 2019 version of Wilson Pickett. It’s like stumbling upon a missing Curtis Mayfield soundtrack of a lost Richard Roundtree film—with a decidedly modern touch. (Sat Oct 19, 9 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $17, all ages) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Dodgr, Falcons, Blimes & Gab, MAARQUII
Red Bull Music sets up shop at the Roseland, with L.A.-via-Portland hip-hop artist Dodgr returning to her old stomping grounds ahead of her anticipated debut album. Falcons, Blimes & Gab, and MAARQUII round out the proceedings. Hosted by Portugal. The Man (Sat Oct 19, 8 pm, Roseland, $10-20, all ages)

Typhoon
The critically acclaimed local rock orchestra celebrates the 15th anniversary of Mississippi Studios with an intimate hometown show (and their only performance of the year) at the beloved venue. (Sat Oct 19, 9:30 pm, Mississippi Studios, $40-45)

Requiem for Vaseline Alley
Beloved Portland artist Anthony Hudson (in drag, as Carla Rossi) heads up this performative walking tour of downtown Portland’s Harvey Milk corridor, formerly known as “Vaseline Alley”. Meet at the corner of SW 10th and SW Stark (in front of Living Room Theaters) and venture out on an extensive tour exploring the region's now-vanished spaces for Queer embodiment and culture. (Sat Oct 19, 6:15 pm, Living Room Theaters, free)

Abhi the Nomad, Atwood
The globetrotting MC and recent Tommy Boy signee brings his infectious blend of indie-pop and hip-hop to the Holocene stage for an all-ages stop on the "Modern Trash" Tour. Texas-hailing rapper Atwood rounds out the bill with his own blend of funk-tinged hip-hop. (Sat Oct 19, 6 pm, Holocene, $15-18, all ages)

Pete Yorn
The acclaimed singer/songwriter brings his "You & Me Solo Acoustic Tour" to the Hawthorne Theatre stage to head up an intimate Portland performance. (Sat Oct 19, 8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $25-30)

World Foods Cellar Fest
World Foods is digging into their cellar and breaking out some of the finest beer in their stash for your tasting pleasure. Special taps include a Cantillon Classic Gueuze, Hill Farmstead Anna, Hill Farmstead Arthur, and Hill Farmstead Florence. Admission includes four tap pours as well as priority access to any bottles to-go up for sale. (Sat Oct 19, 4 pm, World Foods, $17)

PNW Pileup: A Rose City Wreckers Tournament
The Rose City Wreckers present the second annual PNW Pileup, with regional roller derby sides going at it in an all-day tournament to decide who takes home a $500 cash prize and derby glory. Admission is $25 for an all-day pass or $20 for a ticket that grants you admission to all bouts from 3 pm on. (Sat Oct 19, 10 am, The Hangar at Oaks Park, $20-25, all ages)

Eleven PDX Print Funeral & Digital Launch Party
The Doug Fir and Saint Archer Brewing Company present a bittersweet patio party, with beloved Portland music magazine Eleven PDX celebrating the release of its 100th print edition and marking its official transition to digital-only with the launch of a newly redesigned website. The party will feature music from Jared Mees, DJ Anjali, Nathan Trueb, Mere Mention, Sama Dams, and Laura Palmer's Death Parade, plus on-site screen printing, pop-up craft vendors, an artwork raffle of pieces featured in the pages of the magazine, and more. Proceeds benefit Pass The Mic and their ongoing effort to provide youth with high-quality and culturally responsive music education and mentorship by experienced Portland musicians. (Sat Oct 19, 4 pm, Doug Fir, $11)

Support The Portland Mercury

Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step, Trujillo, Mic Crenshaw
The Fishbone frontman brings his latest project to town to head up a Saturday-night dance party at Dante's with his groovy and soulful R&B sound. Portland staples Trujillo and Mic Crenshaw round out the bill. (Sat Oct 19, 9 pm, Dante's, $12-15)

Caravan Palace
The Paris-based band bring their blend of French electric swing music to the Crystal Ballroom stage for the Portland stop on a North American tour supporting their latest album, Chronologic. (Sat Oct 19, 8:30 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $25-30, all ages)


Sunday, Oct 20

The Evil Dead
The first Evil Dead is a film that’s been a little misunderstood over the years. Its sequels (and amazingly, a live musical adaptation) veered strongly towards black comedy and splatstick, so people would go back to that first movie and not quite get it—why isn’t it funny? It’s supposed to be funny, right? No. Raimi wasn’t trying to do anything but scar you with that first film, and once you stop looking for all the winks and nods that aren’t there, The Evil Dead reveals itself as the irresponsible and mean-spirited little poison pill it is. That pill will go down a little smoother tonight, thanks to a new restoration that makes all of Raimi's inventive gore effects look brand new, while giving composer Joe LoDuca 5.1 channels to play in as opposed to squishing all his music int a single mono channel. (Sun Oct 20, 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9) BOBBY ROBERTS

Dolorean, Michael Hurley
Singer/songwriter Al James and his much-missed folk-pop outfit Dolorean returns to the stage for the first time in over half a decade to celebrate Mississippi Studio’s 15 year anniversary. Beloved folk artist Michael Hurley rounds out the proceedings. (Sun Oct 20, 8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $14-16)

National Theatre Live: Fleabag
Third Rail presents a hi-definition screening of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast to Portland's World Trade Center Theater from London’s West End. (Sun Oct 20, noon, World Trade Center Theater, $23)

Knock Out: Plus Size Pop Up and Fashion Show
Portland's preeminent fashion and shopping event highlighting influential plus size clothing designs from the likes of Copper Union, Chubby Cartwheels, Chubstr, Re/Dress, Altar, Bawdy Love, and more returns the Wonder Ballroom, with special guest Sonalee Rashatwar giving the keynote address. (Sun Oct 20, 11 am, Wonder Ballroom, $20-25)

Jade Bird
Here’s a list of the things up-and-coming English singer/songwriter Jade Bird has done before releasing a full-length album: She has toured with Colter Wall, First Aid Kit, and Brandi Carlile. She’s played multiple late-night talk shows. She’s covered Johnny Cash, Alanis Morissette, and Dua Lipa, among others. She’s released some new singles, videos for those singles, and acoustic versions of those singles. And most recently, she’s been the subject of a mini-documentary called Something American—the same name as her solid 2017 EP. What does this fascinating and carefully orchestrated rollout mean? It means there’s a team of people out there who think big things are on Jade Bird’s horizon. When you listen to her heartfelt and super-tuneful take on roots-rock—think the elegance of Neko Case meets the grit of Lydia Loveless—it’s not hard to hear where they’re coming from. (Sun Oct 20, 8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $20-22, all ages)

Cory Wong, Phoebe Katis
Vulfpeck guitarist Cory Wong brings his minimalist funk project to the Doug Fir Lounge for an intimate Portland stop on his solo tour. Rising London-based singer/songwriter Phoebe Katis rounds out the bill with her soulful blend of pop and doo-wop. (Sun Oct 20, 8 pm, Doug Fir, $22-25)

Joel Ross, Matt Sazima Trio
Jazz vibraphonist, bandleader, and recently signed Blue Note artist Joel Ross brings the "Good Vibes" Tour to Portland for a headlining show supporting his acclaimed debut album, KingMaker. (Sun Oct 20, 8:30 pm, Holocene, $15)

Witch, Petyr
Revolution Hall presents a rare live show with the stoner and doom metal supergroup comprised of Kyle Thomas (King Tuff), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Dave Sweetapple (Sweet Apple, Eerie), and Graham Clise (Annihilation Time, Lecherous Gaze). (Sun Oct 20, 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $28.50-30, all ages)

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!