Oregon is full of pioneers, and music is no exception. We march to our own musical score in the Pacific Northwest. From traditional jazz and blues to experimental electronic or Portland-style pop, Oregon pipes out a medley of music.
For DIY-or-die Oregonians, there’s no shortage of hipster hangouts to enjoy underground tunes. In fact, Portland’s been called America’s indie rock theme park. Here’s how the hip kids do it:
- Discover melodic upstarts at the nation’s third-largest indoor musical festival, MusicFest NW.
- Make an indie expedition through the Gorge for the Sasquatch Festival.
- For a more experimental urban sampling, mingle with the up-and-coming at the EMRG+N+SEE festival.
Cadence With the Classics
There’s a sonic celebration for every traditional genre in Oregon. Throughout every region, we’ve got a festival and scene for every musical fancy. Here’s how we tune in:
- Fans of classical composition congregate at the Oregon Bach Festival in the summer.
- Those in the mood to explore the 12-bar chord slide on down to Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival in July.
- Fans of folk-inspired ditties get their banjo mojo at the Sisters Folk Festival during Labor Day weekend.
- For superior jazz jams, fans coast on over to the Newport Jazz Festival in October.
Oregon is home to many musicians who proud to make their own scene here. Legendary locals include jazz meister Mel Brown, acclaimed international musical adventurists Pink Martini, and the rustic, quirky quintet, the Decemberists. Blitzen Trapper, Blind Pilot, Modest Mouse and cult icon Storm Large help shape our live, loud, and local sensibility.