Portland, OR Music Scene is Epitome of Hip

April 29, 2011 at 3:28 am EST


Portland is known for its hipness quotient, so it's no surprise that the city's music scene is a great one. Portland attracts big names and is also a favorite for up-and-coming and homegrown talent.

The city's reputation as a musician's mecca has been cemented by the rise of local indie bands like The Decemberists, while other big name bands like Modest Mouse, The Shins and Spoon have relocated to the city.

The historic Crystal Ballroom has a history dating back to 1914 and has been host to legendary acts including Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Tina Turner, and George Clinton. The breathtaking venue (complete with crystal chanderliers, of course) was restored in 1997 and is now a favorite dance spot due to its famous floor that bounces and sways a bit with the crowd.

The Wonder Ballroom is known for its stellar sound and chilled-out vibe. A restored historic building with vaulted ceilings, the versatile venue hosts a wide variety of performances and events. Stop by the Under Wonder bar – the bar under the Wonder Ballroom – for a drink before or after the show.

Once a vaudeville house and an adult movie theater, the Aladdin Theater today is a smaller (620 capacity) venue that often caters to those looking for live music in a more intimate setting. The Aladdin has been likened to "music church" and has become a must-play venue on the way up for many of today's hottest acts.

The Roseland Theater holds 1400 people in the main room and balcony, and there’s a smaller club downstairs. You’ll enter through the Roseland Grill, a popular all-ages hangout.

Hipster hangout Doug Fir in the lower Burnside neighborhood is a "vintage modern log cabin" that houses a state-of-the-art music venue, bar and restaurant nestled in the corner of the boutique hotel The Jupiter.

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