HEAR IN PORTLAND: Be Good In The Hood, Twerk It To Laffy Taffy Or Chill Out With New Tracks From Lambo Lawson And Wynne – Blogtown

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Well, America is ridiculous, but it’s Friday, and if you’re not out on the streets, you might want to get that rage energy out on the dance floor. So your second favorite music writer — as Jennifer Moore is on maternity leave — is back for another week of show picks to come. I’ll also add some general musical chatter for good measure. Don’t get too used to me though; as soon as you feel comfortable with me, that’s when I make myself rare.


This weekend’s show schedule looks extremely light compared to one that was riddled with parades before – no major parades or superstar concert visits, but no broken promises from Jay Electronica or a food cart from 60 minutes either. Indeed, this weekend seems to be more sleepy and with this time on the forecast, I’m not sure I’m mad at that. Still, there are a few events that seem choice.

Impossible to miss the upcoming shows.

Good in the hood

When I was young, I used to think that Portland Good in the hood The parade was Black Portland’s June 19th celebration – until the day over a decade ago when I volunteered and learned better. Now that people are celebrating June 16 here, the distinction is more obvious. Anyway, Andy Stokes—whose new song, “I do not care” has up to 77,000 plays on YouTube – returns to the festival for the second consecutive year. During the three-day weekend event, you can also expect performances from Hot Tea Cold, Alonzo Chadwick and Oregon Music Hall of Fame-er Norman Sylvester.(King School Park, 4906 NE 6th, Fri Jun 24-Sun Jun 26, 11am, FREE, all ages)

Afternoon Delight with Sheppard and Ballads

One of my favorite Portland DJs, Ballads (formerly GangSigns) wraps up his nearly two-year hiatus from live performances tonight, on the always-bustling terrace of the White Owl Social Club, with Sheppard for what’s sure to be a triumphant return to the tables – mixes of house, hip-hop and dance in the light of dusk, for an extended happy hour experience. (White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th, Friday, June 24, 4-10 p.m., FREE, 21+)


Let the Holocene take care of it for the DJs on a scorching weekend on the town. Tonight’s SNAP Y2K dance party wins promotion of the week with its free entry offer to anyone dressed as Mariah Carey on the album Rainbow. I can’t lie, I’m tempted to try and pull the stare myself. The party promises a nostalgic revisit to hip-hop, house and alt-rock music from the 90s and 2000s. (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St, Fri, Jun 24, 9 p.m., $10, 21+)

Laffy Tire

Things pick up speed on Saturday when city staples B.Nick and Heftober bring DJ NO.Bi.Es from New Orleans to Holocene for their Laffy Taffy party series: a twerk/trap/dancehall extravaganza with a great reggaeton dance energy. If you just want to go out and shake something, that’s the move. (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St, Saturday, June 25, 9 p.m., $10, 21+)

Stunning new releases from locally relevant artists.

Lambo Lawson, Phoenix

If you haven’t heard me talk about Portland-based Lambo Lawson’s new album, Phoenix, you probably haven’t spoken to me since May. With its big beats and mumbling flows, this recent rap release easily overpowered my car auxiliaries. A hugely talented lyricist with a knack for crafting intoxicating self-tuning melodies, Lambo deftly weaves between styles and brings in clever features (such as local standouts DC Capital and Bocha) for a satisfyingly textured album experience that feels rare. at that time EPs and short releases.

Wyne, Ex Boyfriend / Brunch Gossip

Wynne, the wonder of Lake Oswego, brings drama to social club mamas with her new musical two-pack Ex Boyfriend / Brunch Gossip—continuing its plunge into the land of hip-hop vibestress, after years of being considered the metro area’s lyrical miracle. Still the lyricist we all know and love (or hate) Wynne creates her own unique styles, while transforming her aesthetic to better reflect the carefree yet socially conscious hitmaker she grew up in. And the bars reflect that: “22 the whole team going up / And we’re close to the top like Punch
I never heard of such-and-such / Guess I missed the brunch gossip. The EP is six minutes of music you didn’t know you needed from the girl who does her own stunts.


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