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Send Out 2018 with These 7 New Year's Eve Concerts

From local rage masters Summer Cannibals to a honky-tonk holiday show, here's how to ring in the new year in musical style.

By Portland Monthly Staff December 20, 2018

Summer Cannibals send out 2018 at the Doug Fir.

Summer Cannibals

9 p.m., Doug Fir Lounge, $18–20
Bring your angry self to see out 2018 with local rage masters Summer Cannibals, who add fierce, fuzzy riffs to lead singer Jessica Boudreaux’s lyrical sting and might just be the burn-it-down live act you need right now. They’re joined on stage by new Sub Pop darlings Jo Passed.

Caleb Klauder's New Year's Eve Rhinestone Bash

9 p.m., Spare Room, $20
Caleb Klauder always brings the good times, so pull on your finest cowboy boots and practice your two-step for this honky-tonk holiday show.

In the Cooky Jar

8 p.m., East Portland Eagle Lodge, $10
Boogie down with DJs Cooky Parker, Void, and Miss Callie, who promise only the finest, funkiest selections.

Big Band and Beethoven

7:30 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $40–130
Not feeling the sweaty party scene? The Oregon Symphony rings in 2019 with class, with Carlos Kalmar conducting Duke Ellington's take on Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," followed by Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and "Ode to Joy."

BridgeCity Soul

7 p.m., Clyde's Prime Rib, cover at door
This Northeast Sandy steak house has shrugged its shoulders at New Portland since 1955. Get dressed up (no fleece whatsoever; put on a goddamn suit!) for some serious soul grooves, and prepare to dance with pre-Trumpian abandon.

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons

9 p.m., Mississippi Studios, $30–35
Looking for a little rock 'n' roll? From Little Women in the ’80s to his current Jackmormons trio, Joseph is an OG staple of the jam-rock scene.

Happy Days Are Here Again

6 and 9 p.m., Hotel DeLuxe, $150–175
Glam it up with a supper club-style event starring local chanteuses Susannah Mars and Merideth Kaye Clark, who'll sing the music of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand.

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