Wednesday, April 25

Uriah Heep

Still buzzing from the Judas Priest show? London's Uriah Heep are of similar import to the development of U.K. metal, with vocal harmonies that earned them a reputation as "the Beach Boys of heavy metal." Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, 8 pm. $43.50 advance, $45 day of show. All ages.

Lucy Jones

Author and world-renowned seismologist Lucy Jones reads from her new book, The Big One, in which she depicts the societal impact of past natural disasters and those we still have to look forward to. Fun! Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 503-228-4651, 7 pm. Free.

Thursday, April 26

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith via Flickr. (Chiara Melchior.)
Jorja Smith via Flickr. (Chiara Melchior.)

The English R&B singer is most notable for her multiple appearances on Drake's album More Life, but she has also independently released a slew of singles reminiscent of Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 503-284-8686, 8 pm. $25-$40. All ages.

Undertow Comedy Festival

Oregon may have lost Bridgetown this year, but it's gaining Undertow, a standup festival in Lincoln City. There'll be showcases hosted by local and national comedians, and headlining sets from Judah Friedlander and former Portlander Ron Funches. See for venues and full schedule. $49-$99.

Friday, April 27

Nano Beer Fest

Every year John's Marketplace hosts a fest for the tiniest breweries around. This year's installment features cider, mead and regular ol' beer from the likes of Moonshrimp, Funhouse and Bunsenbrewer. John's Marketplace, 3535 SW Multnomah Blvd., 971-260-6266, 2 pm. Through April 29. $20. 21+.


Rejoice Dance Theater's five works are inspired by the philosophy of Angela Davis and choreography from across the African diaspora. There'll also be live music by Amenta Abioto and art installations by Intisar Abioto and Sharita Towne. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave., 971-303-9074, 7 pm. Through April 29. $16 advance, $20 day of show.

Saturday, April 28

Independent Bookstore Day

Annie Bloom's celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with a marathon reading featuring 23 authors over the course of five and a half hours. Highlights include Carl Wolfson, Liz Prato and Mo Daviau. Annie Bloom's, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 503-246-0053, 9 am-6 pm. Free.


Doomtree rapper Dessa's new solo album, Chime, is insightful and addictive, tackling the Me Too movement with layered beats and poetic phrasing. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 503-284-8686, 9 pm. $15 advance, $19 day of show. All ages.

Sunday, April 29


For fans of Southern rap, there's no mistaking a Zaytoven beat. The producer is one of the central architects of trap, and was instrumental in the rise of Gucci Mane, Future and Migos. Now, he's breaking out in his own right, heading out on his first tour in advance of his debut album, Trap Holizay. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 503-239-7639, 8:30 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. 21+.

Sketch Machine

On the last Sunday of every month, Curious Comedy hosts a night of new sketch comedy. This time, it's directed by Jason Rouse of the smart and bizarre local sketch show Wonderland. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-477-9477, 8 pm. $5.

Monday, April 30

Art Bazaaargh

This monthly bazaar of the bizarre showcases work by local artists and DIY crafters. Tonight's installment highlights the radical printmaking of Entangled Roots Press. All are free to attend, vend, buy and/or trade. High Water Mark Lounge, 6800 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-286-6513, 6 pm. Free.

Injury Reserve

Arizona rap trio Injury Reserve put their versatility on full display on their 2017 EP, Drive It Like It's Stolen, with lively production underscoring sobering explorations of father-son relationships and Sandra Bland's murder. Peter's Room at Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033, 8 pm. $13. All ages.

Tuesday, May 1


Texas phenom Khalid Robinson is on an extended victory lap following the success of his 2017 debut, American Teen. Written while the singer was still in high school, it's an addictive ode to young love and loneliness, blending classic R&B with '80s pop hooks. Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., 503-235-8771, 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.

Pete Souza

President Obama's official photographer shares and discusses images from his book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait. According to anecdotes from his last visit, you're gonna feel some things. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., 503-288-3895, 2 and 7:30 pm. $60. All ages.