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Portland 5 offers an eclectic mix of music in August

From the hipsters on Hawthorne clutching their Elliot Smith albums, to the aging new agers in the Pearl to the country lovin’ folks of Troutdale, the state of Oregon has a wide spectrum of musical tastes. There are quite a few concert venues to sate the needs of all those fans, and the summer offers many concerts and music festivals to please them.

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If you don’t feel like schlepping to a music fest and fighting the crowds for blanket space, you may want to check out Portland Five. The venue has a wide variety of genres to choose from during the month of August alone. Whether you are feeling nostalgic for the 80’s, wanting to get an Idea of what it was like to go to a Pink Floyd concert or wanting to experience Cuba without joining an organization, the complex offers something for everyone.

Jackson Browne

Daryl Hannah’s ex-boyfriend will bring his brand of introspective soft rock to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Tuesday, August 4.

Mr. Browne is famous for 80’s hits such as Shape of a Heart and the satirical Lawyers in Love. His music was heavily influenced by light rock and folk music of the sixties and many of his lyrics focused on a desire to return to the past.

He caused some controversy when he participated in rallies against nuclear energy in the 1980’s. He sued John McCain’s campaign and the Republican Party of Ohio when they used is Song Running on Empty in an attack ad against president Obama.

Mr. Browne will go on stage at 8:00 p.m. and ticket prices range from $56.00 to $104.50. A dollar from every ticket sold will go to the Guacamole fund which helps causes such as the environment, wildlife, social change, peace with justice, energy and a non-nuclear future.

Melao De Cuba

If 80’s music isn’t your thing, you may want to check out this band which will take the stage on Main Street in front of the Theater complex From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m on Wednesday August 5.

There will be dancing in the street when the band plays its unique mixture of Afro-Cuban and Spanish music. If you need liquor to make you dance, libations will be served by the ArtBar along with a Cuban snack or two. People of all economic or social classes may enjoy the concert equally as admission is free.

Brit Floyd

Remember, being a kid in the seventies, putting on The Wall, firing up a doobie and thinking that the lyrics were written about you? Well, about a million other people thought the lyrics were all about them. Marijuana is now legal in Oregon and nothing goes better with a bonbon than a big box of Voodoo Donuts, Pink Floyd and a really good laser show.

On Friday, August 7 Brit Floyd – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd show comes to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as part of their ‘Space & Time World Tour 2015’ . The concert, which features all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits features a laser show that is certain to enhance the meaning of the music’s thought provoking and insightful lyrics. The band tries to create the experience of going to a real Floyd show and it has gotten very positive reviews from some major rock critics. The remaining members of Pink Floyd recently recorded an album entitled The Endless River which is a tribute to band member Richard Wright, who died of cancer in 2008.

The show comes during a one hundred city tour. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. and ticket prices range from $42.00 to $57.00.

Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor

Eliza Gale - PortlandMetroLive.com ContributorEliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.