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Lizzo, Fri July 19, 6:30 pm, Edgefield, $50

Friday, July 19




Portland Queer Comedy Festival
The only event of its kind in America, the Portland Queer Comedy Fest is a cornucopia of side-splitting fun, featuring the best local, national, and international LGBTQ+ standup comedians (with a few good allies thrown in for good measure). You’ll want to check out the lineup at the event website, but rest assured you’ll find some top-notch talent here, including Irene Tu, Nico Santos, Jeffrey Jay, and hot locals including Corina Lucas, D Martin Austin, and Shrista Tyree! It’s a loooong weekend of hot, queer action, so get your schedule and priorities in order! (Fri-Sun July 19-21, Various Locations, $70-95) WM. STEVEN HUMPREY

Before Lizzo made it big, music industry gatekeepers didn’t appreciate how big girls could be so much. Now she’s leading a self-love revolution and making it look and sound sexy. (Just watch her recent performance of “Truth Hurts” on the BET Awards if you don’t believe me.) If you go back and read previous issues of the Mercury, you’ll find several articles—mostly written by me—that rave about the huge talent and multifaceted force that is rapper/singer/flautist Lizzo. Having toured here at least four times in the last two years, she’s given Portland fans more opportunities to see her live than we probably deserve. Now Lizzo is back yet again to grace us (twice!) with her fun-loving spirit and soul-enriching soul-pop and rap anthems. From her hip-hop album Lizzobangers to her perfectly varied Coconut Oil EP to her 2019 full-length Cuz I Love You, Lizzo’s more than proven herself worthy of all the recent accolades and attention from the mass media. (Fri July 19, 6:30 pm, Edgefield, $50) JENNI MOORE

Kassa Overall, Omari Jazz
Some of the most exciting music released so far this year came out in early 2019, carrying with it not only one of the best album titles I’ve heard in ages—Go Get Ice Cream and Listen To Jazz—but also a perfectly conceived hybrid sound that producer/drummer/MC Kassa Overall cooked up with equal parts jazz, R&B, hip-hop, broken beat electronic pop, and experimentalism. How this New York-based artist plans on recreating this melty, sugar sweet musical amalgam live is anyone’s guess, but I’ll be there regardless. (Fri July 19, 9 pm, Jack London Revue, $12-15) ROBERT HAM

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Each summer, Portland gets its own version of Jazz on a Summer’s Day at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, three entirely free days of outdoor jazz beneath the picturesque St. Johns Bridge. This year, Friday night’s performers will emphasize blues, funk and R&B, while the rest of the weekend showcases the wide spectrum of the local jazz scene, with musicians like Devin Phillips, Mel Brown, King Louis, and Dan Faehnle. (July 19-21, Fri 4:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1 pm, Cathedral Park, free, all ages) NED LANNAMANN

The Golden Girls: Live!
A drag send-up of the iconic sitcom, with San Francisco legends Heklina, D’Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin, and Holotta Tymes performing the classic episodes “Long Day’s Journey Into Marinara” and “Big Daddy’s Little Lady”, featuring Manuel Cannari as Big Daddy. (Fri July 19, 7 pm & 9:30 pm, Aladdin Theater, $30-60, all ages)

Mystic Braves, Plastic Cactus, Souvenir Driver
Torch-bearing ’60s psych-pop crew Mystic Braves wear their paisley hearts on their sleeves. The Echo Park band’s nods to jangly, guitar-forward songcraft are hardly veiled endeavors, as heard on each of their four studio records, including the most recent, The Great Unknown. Time travel to the Age of Aquarius with groovy tunes like “Shades of Gray,” or “To Myself,” the scorching, 12-string-punctuated opener from 2015’s Days of Yesteryear. It’s a bit of reinventing the wheel, but it’s a great listen for Kinks/Seeds diehards in need of a contemporary fix. And with local support from Plastic Cactus and Souvenir Driver, this is an enticing weekend opener. (Fri July 19, 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15-18) RYAN J. PRADO

Cuco, Umi, Niña
Rising Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and producer Omar Banos, better known by his stage name Cuco, brings his jazz- and hip-hop-infused dream pop to the Hawthorne Theatre for this Portland stop on his first-ever headlining tour. (Fri July 19, 8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $20-25, all ages)

Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors
Bradford Cox and his shape-shifting psych-pop outfit Deerhunter join forces with David Longstreth and his long-running art-rock band Dirty Projectors for a co-headline tour that stops off at the Roseland tonight. (Fri July 19, 9 pm, Roseland, $35-48.50, all ages)

13th Annual Puckerfest Sour Beer Festival
Belmont Station transforms their taplist into a weeklong celebration to sours, featuring at least eight sour or wild-fermented beers and ciders each day, with participants including Russian River, de Garde, Alesong, pFriem, Breakside, Cascade, New Braunfels, and many more. For a full list of breweries and daily draft lists, visit July 19-22, Belmont Station)

Still Woozy
Oakland-hailing musician Sven Gamsky (AKA Still Woozy) brings his soulful blend of electronic and acoustic dream pop back through Portland to head up an all-ages show at the Wonder Ballroom. (Fri July 19, 9 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $14-16, all ages)

18th Northwest String Summit
Camp out for a family-friendly weekend full of the finest singer-songwriter, folk, and Americana music in the country. Featuring two-night performances from Yonder Mountain String Band, Fruition, The Infamous Stringdusters, Shook Twins, and Trampled by Turtles; and one-night-only shots from Dirty Revival, Hillstomp, The Lil Smokies, Ghost Twins, Wood Belly, Pete Kartsounes, and many, many more. (Fri-Sun July 19-21, Horning’s Hideout, $159 & Up)

Wild Hare Countryfest
If you’re gonna have an honest-to-Waylon country music festival, it better damn well be out in the country, and for this sweaty, hot, dusty & probably half-drunk-at-all-times weekend, Pat’s Acres plays hosts to some of the Northwest’s best stompers, twangers, and shitkickers to grab up a guitar and get to singin’. With headliners Cody Johnson and Whitey Morgan, with support from Micky & the Motorcars, Scooter Brown Band, Mike & The Moonpies, and more. For a complete line-up and schedule, click here(Fri-Sat July 19-20, Pat’s Acres Racing Complex, $59-198)

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Saturday, July 20




PDX Pop Now!
Now going on 16 years strong, the PDX Pop Now! festival has become a Portland institution. This free, all-ages weekend of music puts a spotlight on the city’s vibrant music scene, with 30 performers from every genre playing all day and night under the Hawthorne Bridge. Hear your current favorite Portland bands perform and discover your new favorites—oh, and did we mention it’s completely FREE and ALL-AGES? (Sat-Sun July 20-21, AudioCinema, free, all ages) NED LANNAMANN

Portland Zine Symposium
Portland Zine Symposium puts the best of Portland’s unique flavor of DIY creativity on display. From small letterpress shops to independent magazines to cartoonists, the 200 expected vendors at the 19th annual zine celebration will knock you off your feet (in a great way). Get to know your local zinesters—and support their hard work in the process. (Sat-Sun July 20-21, 11 am, PNCA, free, all ages)

Twilight Fest 2019
The Twilight Bar hosts an all-ages, outdoor music festival, with food, vendors, a beer garden, and live music from some of the best, loudest, and most rambunctious bands the Northwest has to offer, including Gaytheist, Muddy River Nightmare Band, the Latter Day Skanks, the Bloodtypes, 48 Thrills, Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, Bad Channels, Dr. Mouth & the Head Nurse, Titty Babies, and Ballads of the Compound. (Sat July 20, 1 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $10, all ages)

A Tribe Called Red
Ottawa DJ crew A Tribe Called Red blends traditional First Nations music, hip-hop, and EDM to create what they call “powwow-step.” Bear Witness, 200lman, and NDN (who left the group to focus on activism) started hosting their wildly popular Electric Pow Wow dance parties for the local indigenous community in 2008, and since then, they’ve released three albums: 2012’s A Tribe Called Red, 2013’s Nation II Nation, and 2016’s We Are the Halluci Nation, which features Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) on “R.E.D.” and monologues from author Joseph Boyden, who writes about colonialism and the systemic inequalities indigenous people in North America still face. By allowing past and present to coexist, ATCR celebrates the vibrancy and resilience of modern First Nations cultures. (Sat July 20, 9 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $20-23, all ages) CIARA DOLAN

Deathgrave, Hacksaw, Grave Dust, Human Effluence
It’s unclear what evils are creeping out of the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest that inspire Portland’s death metal scene but said muses sure help produce some putrefied and punishing tunes. One of the newer additions to the fetid local faction is Grave Dust. Last year’s The Pale Hand EP sports six songs of churning terror from the depths of the bleakest, foulest crypt. The riffs and drums are bludgeoning, the occasional keyboard drops are spooky, and Jozy Kinnaman’s vocals sound like the screams of suffering echoing from the deepest caverns of hell. If Grave Dust isn’t enough to liquify your bones, San Jose’s Deathgrave will finish the job. The death/grindcore from their 2018 full-length, So Real, It’s Now, switches from tornados of hammers and anvils,to sludgy, crawling dirges. Deathgrave is ghastly, and they know it. (Sat July 20, 8:30 pm, The Cobra Lounge, $10, all ages) ARIS HUNTER WALES

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival
Good god do I ever love the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival. Taking place each summer in lovely Sherwood, Oregon—it’s like Sherwood Forest, you see—the fest boasts everything wonderful in the world: A small-town parade, an archery tournament, knighting ceremonies for notable members of the community (my only dream is to become a knight here, that is my only dream), live music, fake English accents, SWORD FIGHTS, “BJ the Clown,” juggling, magic, “The Reptile Man,” and much more. Like beer! Robin Hood not only took from the rich and gave to the poor—he also gave us the greatest weekend of the summer. (Sat-Sun July 19-21, Sherwood City Hall, free, all ages) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Night of the Living Red
From 4 pm to close, Lompac Brewing will be serving up $15 tasting trays of Proletariat Red, Red Runner, the Baron, the 2017 Franc’ly Brewdolph, and a 2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dagda at Sidebar, the brewery’s barrel tasting room on Williams. (Sat July 20, 4 pm, Lompoc Sidebar)

Fiesta Caribeña
Portland Mercado celebrates summer, community, and culture with their second annual Caribbean Festival. Enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks, live music from Xavier Tavera and the Classic Band, Caribbean vibes from DJ Freddy, along with special activities for kids, including face painting and bouncy houses, and a Domino tournament for competitors of all ages. (Sat July 20, noon, Portland Mercado, free, all ages)

Gypsy Temple
Pulling influences from My Morning Jacket, Lenny Kravitz, and Bob Marley, Seattle rockers Gypsy Temple bring their groovy alt-rock down the I-5 to head up a Saturday-night show at the Doug Fir Lounge. (Sat July 20, 9 pm, Doug Fir, $10-12)

The Deer, Small Leaks Sink Ships, Johanna Warren
Austin-based quintet the Deer bring their blend of psych-tinged folk, cosmic Americana, and dream-pop back to Mississippi Studios for the Portland stop on a tour supporting their latest album. (Sat July 20, 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $12-14)

Tea Fest PDX
A holiday for anyone who really, really loves the smell, the taste, and the rituals behind making that perfect cup of tea, whether you’re a newcomer to the larger tea universe or whether you’ve been exploring it for years. Includes live music, food, classes, workshops, yoga, tai chi, and more. (Sat July 20, 9:30 am, World Forestry Center & Museum, $12.50-15)

Wyrd War’s Summer Bummer
Wyrd War offers up an opportunity to beat the summer heat not just via the Hollywood’s air-conditioning, but with a very cool double feature from cult director Greydon Clark, in attendance to discuss 30 years of independent filmmaking, including 1980’s Without Warning, a small-town tale of extraterrestrial homicide, and 1977’s “horny classic” Satanic Panic, about a high school janitor looking to sacrifice a virgin student for a local coven. (Sat July 20, 7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $15)

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Sunday, July 21




The Lion King
Following the humiliating bombs of Avengers: Endgame and Toy Story 4, the Walt Disney Company desperately attempts to scrape together a few dollars before the sure-to-fail Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Go see it on a lazy Sunday, maybe you’ll get lucky and have the theater all to yourself, huh? (Various Theaters, see Movie Times for showtimes and locations)

The Raconteurs
Nearly 15 years ago, Jack White formed the Raconteurs with fellow guitarist/singer/songwriter Brendan Benson. They had just created “Steady As She Goes” in Benson’s Detroit attic, and decided to flesh out their lineup with bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler (both of the Greenhornes). The alt-rock pseudo-supergroup dropped two solid albums (2006’s Broken Boy Soldiers and 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely) in quick succession, and then fizzled to a halt in 2010. Until recently, White and Lawrence had been busy with their other band, the Dead Weather; Keeler’s been touring with the Afghan Whigs; and Benson and White have been focused on their respective solo careers. But now the Raconteurs are back on the road in support of their new studio album, Help Us Stranger, providing us all a much-needed opportunity to see them shred high-pitched, blues-injected alt-rock goodness right in our faces. While it’s hard to top early songs like “Level” and “Salute Your Solution” (and oh, how I’d love to see them perform the White Stripes track “Ball and Biscuit”), recent single “Sunday Driver” and the somber “Thoughts and Prayers” show the band’s still got it. (Sun July 21, 6:30 pm, Edgefield, $59.50) JENNI MOORE

The Space Lady, Ancient Pools, Drama Bahama
Always with her winged Viking helmet and Casio keyboard in tow, the Space Lady plays echoing, synth-forward covers of classic rock hits like Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” and Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” along with a few of her own spellbinding originals. (Sun July 21, 9 pm, Doug Fir, $12-14) CIARA DOLAN

Portland trio Candace describe themselves as witchgaze, and I think that’s a pretty apt description of their lush, dreamy sound. If you’ve ever been a fan of the Cocteau Twins or felt yourself melting into a song like sugar into coffee, you’re gonna dig it. (Sun July 21, 8 pm, Rontoms, free)

Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino’s rambunctious take on World War II—featuring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, and Michael Fassbender, all of whom get everything stolen out from under them by Christoph Waltz—gets a 35mm screening in advance of the filmmaker’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in HollywoodBasterds isn’t Tarantino’s best film, but it isn’t his worst, either—it’s kind of been forgotten, actually, in the wake of the bigger hit of Django Unchained and the more recent The Hateful Eight. More than anything, Basterds might be notable for being Tarantino’s first go at radically revising real-world history in order to make something like WWII fit into the mold of a wacky, pulpy Tarantino movie; it’s something he did again in Django, and looks to be flirting with again in Hollywood. Which makes the question kind of impossible to ignore: Is Tarantino—brilliant director, phenomenal writer, patron saint of movie bros, and a filmmaker who’s been justifiably criticized for his films’ gleeful and constant uses of racial slurs—really the right guy to be revising history? (Sun July 21, 7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9) ERIK HENRIKSEN

This seems like it should have happened before now, and should be a bigger thing than some dumb football game, but let’s just be happy its here for 2019: ScooperFest is an opportunity to sample 45 flavors as provided by 15 of the Northwest’s best ice cream makers, including Umpqua, Tillamook, Alpenrose, Ruby Jewel, Fifty Licks, and more. Ticket price includes unilmited all day access to the ice cream tent, and also there’s a water slide(Sun July 21, 11 am, Pioneer Courthouse Square, $15, all ages)

Andrew Rivers
The Siren Theater hosts an evening of personal, storytelling-driven stand-up with the well-traveled comedian known for his “Truth or Drink” web series on Buzzfeed and his DryBar Comedy Special on Facebook. (Sun July 21, 7 pm, Siren Theater, $18)

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