EVENT 1: ALEX FITCH, PIETER HILTON, MIKE KITSON, SCOTT MAGEE, JEFF BRODSKY, JOHN GNORSKI, CYRUS LAMPTON, ELEC MORIN, ERIC STIPE, CLAYTON KNAPP, NORA ZIMMERLY
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) An integral element of Portland's vigorous musical community is not merely the talent on display, but how well everyone interacts with each other: Friendships over rivalries, and this is on full display during the inaugural Event 1. This quarterly series curated by local label High Scores and Records focuses on collaborative performances, with tonight's lineup including members of Typhoon, YACHT, Loch Lomond, Y La Bamba, and plenty more. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
JOURNEY, FOREIGNER, NIGHT RANGER
(Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) Journey. Foreigner. Night Ranger. Has there ever been a triple headliner more guaranteed to bring college students and their suburban parents together in beer-soaked tears? This is music that gets how you're feeling, and you know what it says? "We're gonna ROCK!... until probably 10:30 pm or so, because it's a Wednesday and we all have to be up in the morning. Whooo!" MELANIE JOHNSON
THE HEAD AND THE HEART, THAO WITH THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN, LEMOLO
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) People the world over love the Head and the Heart. People in Seattle, well, that's another story. The warmest of folk revival acts went from busking in the streets of Seattle and self-releasing their debut recording, to selling out venues across the globe and having Sub Pop reissue their self-titled album to rave reviews. While the band still has a loyal hometown following, the unrelenting backlash—which stems from their quick ascension from open mic corners to headlining slots, Sub Pop's involvement, and an alleged dust-up between the band's Jon Russell and a local soundman—has nearly drowned out their music entirely. As always, the Moz was right: We hate it when our friends become successful. As Portlanders, let's leave the petty resentment to our neighbors to the north and accept the Head and the Heart for what they are—a damn fine band with a boisterous live show and a flawless debut album under their belts. Ain't nothing wrong with that. EAC
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