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Alberta Street Public House
1036 N.E. Alberta St.
This spare Irish pub has live music, live Irish people and a full bar with friendly bartenders.
The Flat Mountain Girls, Haldeman's Oom-Pah Boyz, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 31, $6
Ash Street Saloon
225 S.W. Ash St.
Anarchists, professionals and bike messengers congregate at the Ash Street, where there's live music, a full bar and full ashtrays.
The Midriffs, the Rotten Apples, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 31, $6
231 S.W. Ankeny St.
Portland's definitive rock club in the heart of the bar-hopping zone has something for everyone: a wide range of live music, pool tables, two bars and Mediterranean food.
Tape Op conference party, 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, $8-$10
3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Crammed with no-fuss folks and laid-back barkeeps, the Blackbird puts on live music for indie fans seven nights a week.
The Joggers, the Natural History, Fields of Gaffney, the Librarians, 10 p.m. Friday, May 30, $7
626 S.W. Park Ave.
A French-style establishment, the Brasserie serves lunch, dinner and, in the evenings, live jazz. Nice touches include black-and-white parquet floors and white butcher paper on the tables for coloring.
Donny Osborne Trio, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, no cover
6835 S.W. Macadam Ave.
A comfortable hangout for the post-fraternity, middle-management set, this bar features live music six nights a week, from Portland notables such as Steve Bradley, Jon Koonce and Brian Berg. Food ranges from an upscale and tasty breakfast to lunch and dinner of the meat-and-potatoes variety.
Retta & the Smart Fellas, 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, no cover
1332 W. Burnside St.
Portland's Disneyland of music venues has two distinct rooms for two different moods and live music almost every night of the week. Lola's Room is small, with an intimate vibe. The Crystal Ballroom is grand, and its dance floor is drenched in the history of bygone days.
Burlesquefest, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 1, $22.50-$30
1 S.W. Third Ave.
Dark. Dangerous. Slinky. This inferno-style cafe and cocktail lounge has an ever-changing roster of live music and an open-flame fire pit near the back. Haughty hotties serve pizza and drinks.
Left Hand Smoke, Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3, Tommy Womack, Warsaw Poland Brothers, 9 p.m. Friday, May 30, $7
300 N.W. 10th Ave.
The most happening jazz club in Portland hosts regular gigs by Portland's finest: Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Alan Jones and more. Also available: Mediterranean food and a downstairs hookup scene.
Zuppa, 9 p.m. Friday, May 30, $5
1834 N.E. Alberta St.
Up-and-coming musicians and bohemians mingle with enthusiasm in this, the artists' quarter of Portland.
J Boogie's Dubtronic Science, 9 p.m. Friday, May 30, no cover
527 S.E. Pine St.
An unpretentious all-ages venue-basement, the Meow Meow caters to the soda pop club. Bring your teenage brother! Live music plays nearly every night.
The Cinema, Oliver, Dualesc, Ever We Fall, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31, $7
Produce Row Cafe
204 S.E. Oak St.
Jazz drummer Ron Steen performs every Monday at this cool-as-a-cucumber tavern. There's bluegrass music on Tuesdays, an open mike on Wednesdays and a variety of acts on weekends. Refreshments include more than 225 international and regional beers and workingmen's sandwiches.
Ron Steen Jazz Jam, 9 p.m. Monday, June 2, $2
8 N.W. Sixth Ave.
The Roseland offers a full bar and a variety of live music with an emphasis on hip-hop upstairs and roots rock downstairs.
Phunk Junkeez, Saint Dog, Property 6, 9 p.m. Friday, May 30, $10
836 N. Russell St.
They say this old bar with Polish heritage is haunted. Now owned by the brothers McMenamin, it offers live music most evenings and happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $2.25 micro pints.
The Lea Krueger Band, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, $3
Wilf's Restaurant and Piano Bar
800 N.W. Sixth Ave.
If you are tired of hearing drunkenly croaked-out versions of Neil Diamond and Bon Jovi's greatest hits, this old-school joint next to the train station offers a welcome respite. The aging but swanky decor is the perfect setting for the spirited and sultry cabaret numbers by actual professional crooners.
Storm Large, 9 p.m. Friday, May 30, no cover