What better way to spend a warm summer day, or rainy winter evening, than in the company of good friends listening to amazing music? Luckily, Oregon has plenty of venues to help you do just this. While Portland is Oregon’s mecca of music, there are plenty of places to enjoy live music around the state, so many in fact it was hard to narrow our list down to just 10. Did your favorite music venue make the cut?
In 2003 an old Baptist church in downtown Portland was converted into Mississippi Studios, a music venue that is owned and operated by musicians. Here they host 500 shows with 1,500 bands, DJs, and comedians each year. The acoustics are amazing, as are the burgers at Bar Bar, the cocktail and burger lounge located on the side of Mississippi Studios.
Nothing is better on a warm summer evening than attending an outdoor concert with 5,000 of your friends. The Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene offers reserved seating as well as general admission lawn seating, a beer garden, food booths, and some of the best performers in the world.
Looking for live music in Bend? Then stop by the Old Mill District for some rocking and rolling alongside the beautiful Deschutes River all summer long. With ample lawn seating, the Hayden Homes Amphitheater (formerly Les Swab Amphitheater) is the perfect place for an evening picnic while listening to musicians like Jack Johnson, Bob Dylan, and Dave Matthews.
Located in the now popular Pearl District, the Crystal Ballroom is a Portland institution. Now owned and managed by the team at McMenamins, the historic venue has been hosting dances, musicians, beat poets, and other entertainment since 1914. Rumor is that in 1965 Little Richard fired guitarist Jimi Hendrix while onstage here!
Known for their Sunday Sessions, free concerts best enjoyed over food, drink, and a game of ping pong, Rontoms attracts hip locals and college students to their indoor-outdoor bar. A great location to check out independent and up and coming act.
This theater opened in 1928 as the Geller’s Theater, but changed its name in 1930 to the Aladdin Theater. The theater served as a vaudeville house, movie theater, adult movie theater, before it was purchased in the early 80s by Paul Schuback, of Schuback’s Violin Shop. Today the theater is full of music ranging from blues to folk to kid’s musician Rafi!
Located in the corner of the Jupiter Hotel, the Doug Fir brings in some of the best indie shows around. Start the night settling into their bar and restaurant with its futuristic lodge décor, the perfect place for a bite, drink, and some people watching before you head to the stage to enjoy the live music.
Another McMenamins classic venue, the Edgefield offers outdoor concerts June through September at their Troutdale complex complete with hotel, restaurants, golf, movie theater, winery, brewery, and distillery. Sound like a good time? Check out what they have coming up on their website!
Oregon has something for everyone, and when you get the hankering for some honky-tonk, there is only one place to go, the Landmark Saloon in downtown Portland. The best seat in the house on a summer afternoon is outside on the patio, eat, drink, and play a few rounds of corn hole with friends while taking in the country sounds.
If you’re looking for something to do in Southern Oregon, check out the Ashland Armory. This historic 1912 building was converted in to a music hall and now features musician and entertainers of all genres—from the blue grass Hot Buttered Rum, to reggae performer Ziggy Marley to rapper and hip-hop producer Warren G.