Behind New Year's Eve and Halloween, the night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest party nights of the year. And this year, you've got quite a few options. So what are you gonna do? Don't worry, we're here to help.
Are you trying to reunite with your high school friends who followed Spearhead on tour one summer?
Dookie Jam: Tony Ozier's long-running funk jam truly puts the "funk" back into "jam," but it still smells slightly of Dr. Bronner's. Dante's. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
Are you trying to reunite with your high school friends who followed followed Phish on tour, but could only afford to tailgate?
Shafty: Ever dreamed of seeing Phish play a basement party? Here's the next best thing! And once that edible kicks in, you'll hardly know the difference. Goodfoot Lounge. 10 pm. $10. 21+.
Did you spend high school lighting candles every year on Ian Curtis' death day?
Death Throes: A depressive dance party for everyone who gets jealous of turkeys around this time of year, with post-punk jams from DJs Astareth and Grey Deth. Tonic Lounge. 10 pm. Free. 21+.
Did you spend high school writing poems about birds on LiveJournal?
Tori Amos: She saved your life in high school, and there's no reason to believe she can't do it again. The Schnitz. 8 pm. $39.50-$79.50. All ages.
Are you secretly hoping to reconnect with your crush?
Testify: That dance floor rendezvous playing out in your head definitely isn't happening, but at least you'll get to twerk your feelings away tonight before eating them tomorrow. Holocene. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
Are you secretly hoping you get drunk enough to finally punch Chad Farkus in the face?
The Slammer: He'll be there, and he's totally putting the Chainsmokers on the jukebox. You know what to do. 500 SE 8th Ave.
Are you hoping to laugh smugly at every shitty person from your school puking in the street while secretly still feeling sad that they never accepted you?
Drinksgiving in Old Town: They're all gonna be here, so post up with a camping chair and a bucket of popcorn and enjoy the show.
If you're trying to meet up with your old drug buddies…
(Homemade DMT) Flying Lotus: Sure, maybe you've seen him before. But have you ever seen him…in 3D? Roseland Theater. 8:30 pm. $28.50 general admission, $40 reserved balcony. 21+. See preview.
(Cocaine) 1984: New Wave Night: It's back, baby, and so is Kajagoogoo! Just be prepared to explain to Mom why you're wearing sunglasses at the dinner table. The Liquor Store. 9 pm. Free before 10 pm, $5 after. 21+.
(Moonshine) Pagan Jug Band: Ain't no Thanksgiving like a hillbilly Thanksgiving, because at a hillbilly Thanksgiving you're drunk for three straight days. The O'Neill Public House. 8:30 pm. Free. 21+.
Are you trying to avoid people from your high school like the fucking plague, but still want to hear live music?
Bethlehem Steel: There's a chance you'll recognize someone here, but this Brooklyn band's fuzzy indie rock is loud enough that you won't have to talk to them. The Know. 8:20 pm. $8. 21+.
Are you just waiting for you family to go to bed so you can sneak in through the back door without being bothered?
Yamhill Pub: Sometimes you wanna go where nobody knows your name, and nobody wants to know. If that's the case, then welcome home. 223 SW Yamhill St.