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12 Live Music Shows in Portland to Look Forward to in 2021

Plus, Check Out Our Complete Live Music Calendar
May 27, 2021
Catch local folk-pop outfit Y La Bamba at the Lot at Zidell Yards this July. (Christal Angelique/Courtesy of the artist)

After more than a full year of watching our favorite musicians through the screens of various devices, live music is finally kicking back into gear. The time has come to reacquaint your dancing shoes with the sticky floors of venues and get lost in pulsing beats, as only professional-grade sound systems could pump out. We’ve rounded up some notable picks, from an appearance by Nick Waterhouse at an intimate venue to some of the biggest names in music at Portland’s largest indoor concert space. Read on for all the details, or check out our complete music calendar for even more upcoming shows.

JUNE 4-AUGUST 27

Rockin' the Walk Concert Series
Portland's minor-league baseball team the Portland Pickles will team up with local record label/gift shop Tender Loving Empire for a series of pre-game live concerts at select Friday home games throughout the summer, starting with Vancouver pop band Rei Deora. 
Walker Stadium

JULY 17

Live at The Lot: Y La Bamba
Led by singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza, the Portland-based “eclectic indie folk-pop” band makes bold political statements in their latest album Mujeres. As its title suggests, the album is a bilingual exploration of women’s experiences, and is dedicated to Mendoza’s mother. Y La Bamba will play two showtimes, and all tickets are sold as two-, four-, or six-person seating pods. 
The Lot at Zidell Yards

JULY 31

Alanis Morissette
with special guest Garbage & also appearing Liz Phair

Zip up I-5 for the evening to see three female rock powerhouses as they hit the stage in Ridgefield. Keep your ears peeled for Morissette’s new track “Rest,” which she released on May 20 in honor of Mental Health Action Day. Garbage will also rock some new jams; their new album No Gods, No Masters comes out June 11.
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

AUGUST 18

Harry Styles: Love On Tour
Pop rock icon and fashion darling Harry Styles will croon singles from his second solo studio album Fine Line to what is sure to be an arena chock-a-block (there’s some British slang for you) with hordes of screaming fans. Styles will be supported by Indie queen and former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis.
Moda Center

SEPTEMBER 6

Sylvan Esso - Shaking Out The Numb Tour
with special guest SAMIA

The electronic pop duo’s new tour shares a name with the six-episode podcast series they released in 2020 that centers around their latest album Free Love. In describing the album, Entertainment Weekly’s Brennan Carley writes: “Free Love is somehow prescient and nostalgic in the same breath. It traffics in intimacy and self-preservation in the face of opening oneself up to love.”
McMenamins Edgefield

SEPTEMBER 12

Tame Impala 
Psychedelic rocker Kevin Parker is joined by his live band members to perform his sonically complex 2020 album The Slow Rush. Special guest Perfume Genius, who also released an album last year, will open. 
Moda Center

New Found Glory + Simple Plan Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead Tour
Bust out your eyeliner and studded accessories from the back of your closet and go relive your pop punk glory days to ‘00s classics like NFG’s “My Friends Over You” and Simple Plan’s “Perfect.” With the Crystal Ballroom’s floating floor underfoot, it’s sure to be a thrasher of a night. 
Crystal Ballroom

TOO MANY ZOOZ + BIG FREEDIA
The New Orleans queen of bounce music Big Freedia is joining forces with self-described “brass house” trio Too Many Zooz for a co-headlining tour that will get your blood pumping and body moving. Freedia has been in the game for decades, but TMZ got their start more recently—busking in the NYC subway led them to viral fame in 2014. 
Wonder Ballroom

SEPTEMBER 28

Japanese Breakfast
with special guest Luna Li

The solo project of South Korea-born and Eugene-raised musician Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast’s third album will drop on June 4. While you mark down the days till the concert on your calendar, check out Zauner’s other talents in the form of her new memoir Crying in H Mart, which was released in April to critical acclaim.
Crystal Ballroom

OCTOBER 22

Purity Ring - tour de womb
Canadian “future pop” band Purity Ring is known for pairing macabre vocals with hip-hop and electronic elements to create a haunting yet bright sound. Their live shows feature synchronized light installations designed by instrumentalist Corin Roddick. 
Roseland Theater

OCTOBER 28

Dan + Shay The Arena Tour
The three-time consecutive GRAMMY Award-winning duo will bring their brand of pop country to the Moda Center as part of their first ever headlining arena tour. “Rock’s next big thing” (Billboard) The Band CAMINO and rising country artist Ingrid Andress are slated to open.
Moda Center 

NOVEMBER 20

Nick Waterhouse: Promenade Blue Tour
Drawing influence from decades past, singer-songwriter and guitarist Nick Waterhouse’s signature genre-spanning sound is on full display in his latest LP Promenade Blue
Mississippi Studios