Portland is a great place to be in a band and to go listen to music. I’m a full-time musician, and the city has a lot to offer. The rent is affordable, and it’s easy to find a house with a basement to have band practice. There is a strong sense of community among the bands here, but at the same time there is a lot of variety and originality.
Recently I’ve noticed more rockin’ acts coming into the scene, which is something I like to see. For a while there, it seemed like every band in town was folky and had a string player, which isn’t really my thing. I still like a few mellower acts and go to a variety of shows myself, but I think Portland does have a pair of balls to flaunt.
As far as a music listener, there seems to be a great show to go see every night of the week. A lot of bands make sure to stop here on their tours, and there are of course many local bands to check out. We also have a couple great festivals like Musicfest NW and Pickathon.
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