The Official Guide To Portland

Musician Maya Folick performs at record studio-turned-concert venue Mississippi Studios in North Portland.

Credit: Tojo Andrianariva (tojofotos.com)Portland’s musical offerings are diverse as the city itself, with options including indie rock, jazz, classical, pop and more.

Musician Maya Folick performs at record studio-turned-concert venue Mississippi Studios in North Portland.

Credit: Tojo Andrianariva (tojofotos.com)

Home to indie darlings and internationally acclaimed artists alike (think Pink Martini, Esperanza Spalding, The Decemberists, The Shins and Elliot Smith), Portland is a haven for music lovers. Visitors can explore the city’s dozens of live music venues or take the stage themselves at one of Portland’s many open mic nights. Read on for our guide to the city’s thriving music scene, then head to our events calendar to discover upcoming music events in Portland.

MusicClassical Music in Portland

Classical music in Portland isn’t just the classics. Classical musicians offer new and innovative works, and an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

A 65-foot-high “Portland” sign illuminated with 6,000 lights crowns the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Seating dua,776 it is the home base for the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and several other large performing arts groups.Mississippi Studios & Bar Bar

Located in Portland’s historic Mississippi District, Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar is an acclaimed former Baptist church turned recording studio turned music venue (and home of great burgers).Wonder Ballroom

The wooden floors and cozy quarters of this 1914 restored building offer an intimate setting for a variety of artists, ranging from metal and hardcore to indie, pop and beyond.McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

See shows of every genre at this historic venue, which boasts vaulted ceilings, grand chandeliers and a famous “floating” dance floor. Downstairs, Lola’s Room hosts smaller shows while Ringlers Pub serves McMenamins ales and pub fare.Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar …