Portland 101: Where to Hear Live Music in Portland

Live Music in Portland

In addition to coffee, rose gardens and rain, Portland is known for its diverse local music scene. From techno and hip hop, to jazz and big-name artists, there’s music to be found every night of the week. While you’re out and about after happy hour, check out some of the best music venues around town.

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

The Crystal Ballroom is a historic Portland music venue located on Burnside, just across from Powell’s City of Books. If you’re looking to catch bigger name bands, this should be your go-to. Coming up in early 2019, the venue plans to host popular bands like Metric, Sharon Van Etten, Switchfoot and Maggie Rogers. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom: 1332 W Burnside St; 503-225-0047

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Portland’s home for classical music, this performing arts center hosts the Oregon Symphony as well as several youth orchestras. The ornate, Italianate hall dates back to 1928, and is one of our favorite spots to catch a concert in town. Apart from the Symphony’s season of world-class orchestral music, check out concerts here from big-name artists like Solange Knowles. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall: 1037 SW Broadway

LaurelThirst Public House

LaurelThirst Public House is the oldest independently owned music venue in Portland, serving the community with daily, local music since 1988. Located in the Northeast Kerns neighborhood of Portland, this bustling pub and music venue has an excellent craft beer and food selection. LaurelThirst Public House: 2958 NE Glisan St; 503-232-1504

Kells Irish Pub

Clam chowder, soda bread, sausage rolls, and lamb stew: if you’re looking for traditional Irish fare with your live music, Kells Pub is the place for you. Swing by in March, and you’re likely to encounter some St. Patrick’s Day festivities as well. Kells Irish Pub: 112 SW 2nd Ave; 503-227-4057


This two-level nightclub and bar located in a former warehouse specializes in highlighting eclectic DJs who regularly play sets of EDM, house and techno music. Holocene: 1001 SE Morrison St; 503-239-7639