Tonya Gilmore
Friday December 13
9pm 21+
McMenamin’s Boon’s Treasury 888 Liberty Street N
There are the standard ways to revel in the season and then there are the alternative means. Our local songstress will saturate Boon’s with her brand new album material and timeworn songs that seemed to have been plucked from old world standards. The environment and the music collaborate nicely for this event and will leave you with a mischief-making grin in the wake of certain suggestive content. You may see the Scrooge himself at this concert: If you do buy him a drink. For more on Tonya head to

Hundred Dollar Jayhawks
Friday December 20
9pm 21+
The Governor’s Cup Coffee Roasters 471 Court Street NE
The popular Friday night music spot hosts these local riff rockets for all to pay homage to the nocturnal shrine of rock and roll. Come in from the winter weather and enjoy live music in a great downtown authentically Salem atmosphere!

Jamalot, Still Water Vibes, Jamalia
Wednesday December 18
9pm 21+
Venti’s Tap House 2840 Commercial Street SE
Abyss, Deschutes Brewery’s coveted and rare seasonal dark beer has been captured in the Venti rooster’s talons! Its keg will be tapped along with the intoxicating jam rock sounds of Still Water Vibes, members of Jamalot, and Jamalia- fronted by Venti’s bar manager Andrew Hussey. This will be a lively night of music and fun, socially lubricated by 10’s of quality craft beer choices!

 Connor Johnson, Basie Seibert, Dominic Iggs, TEMPEST, KRYPTIC, The Difference, Escape Disgrace, Fluorescent Lies
Friday December 13
7pm All ages
The Nest 241 State Street
Salem’s 21 and Under Club celebrates the winter with their Sweater Weather Social on Friday the 13th! Join Salem’s up and coming musicians as they perform. There are prizes for various categories including Most Festive/ Holiday Spirited, Best Awesome Holiday Sweater, Best Holiday Ugly Sweater, and the Buddy the Elf award for the most spirited band. Megan Hope Acosta will be selling hand drawn art on site as well. So head to your local thrift store or to the back of your own closet and dawn your Christmas sweater- beautiful, ugly, or nondenominational and get to where our future is being crafted, the 21 and Under Club!

Boys Club: The Ween Tribute Band
Saturday December 14
9pm 21+
Franklin’s Bottle Shop 241
Liberty Street NE
There are over 20 releases by the seminal band, “Ween” and this tribute act arguably knows the most material and embodies the attitude of them better than any other. Boy’s Club gets their name from the named track on Ween’s 2005 album Shinola which is the year the group formed. Fantastic musicianship meets its psychedelic twin live in downtown Salem. Be there.

DJ Fish Boogie, DJ Sirsober 1, Koncrete Kingz
Saturday December 28
5pm-11pm All ages  
$7 advance/ $10 door
Liberty Square Art Space 365 Ferry Street
B boy and B girls will throw down on the semi-smooth concrete floor at this dance event to prove the best in town. Lead by ritual Disc Jockey sounds, some brackets are still open for signups. If you are confident in winning the 2 person team first prize of $200 and a trophy, go to Facebook and find Koncrete Kings! Find Koncrete Kings on Facebook for advance ticket info.

Ilima Considine & The Sexbots, Coronation, and DJ Ceez
Tuesday December 31
9pm 21+
Franklin’s Bottle Shop 241 Liberty Street NE
Ilima Considine and Coronation will return to team up for a dance party of epic proportions! Ring in 2014 with the intense electronic waves of these two groups and their troubadour in tow, DJ Ceez. The only rules this night are to love, have a good time, and support your local bottle shop! Find more about the bands at and

Mine + US, Abadawn, Eraserfase
Tuesday December 13
8pm 21+
The Triangle Inn 3215 Liberty Road S
The Dream Now & Die Never tour, a 3 part electronic and hip hop experience is coming to Salem. The Triangle has a track record of hundreds of live performances and this showcase is another club banger selection of lyricists and DJ’s from Portland, Arizona, and Los Angeles!

Hanz Araki & Friends Celtic Winter Solstice
Sunday December 22
7:30pm All ages
 VFW Hall 630 Hood Street NE
Organizers of this winter music showcase had this to say in description of the performance coming up 3 days before Christmas: Award-winning flautist and singer Hanz Araki is joined by an ensemble of extraordinary talent for a concert aimed at capturing the warmth of fireside story-telling for the winter’s long nights. Joined by singer Colleen Raney, Johnny B. Connolly on the accordion and guitar player Cary Novotny, new light is shone on both instrumental music and vocal arrangements to perfectly suit the season. You can find more at

Salem Tuba Holiday
Tuesday December 24
12 noon All ages
Historic Elsinore Theatre 170 High Street SE
It brings a smile to my face to think about a full Elsinore stage adorned with tubas and their players to perform carols and Christmas hymns. The timbre of a tuba is so signature and can range from light amusing notes to deep and heavy layers. Be prepared for a one of a kind concert on Christmas Eve featuring Sherry Alves, vocal soloist, and John Skelton- conductor.

Jeff Goin , Andy Bean, Dana McCarty, and more!
Saturday December 21
Andy & Dana 2:30pm
Jeff 4-7pm All ages
The Reed Opera House 189 Liberty Street NE
Jeff’s soft guitar will accompany shoppers and merrymakers in the Reed for their holiday celebration along with Andy Bean’s fiddle and her voice in complement with Dana McCarty. A full day of festivities is planned among the music including tea with the Grinch and lots more! Head to events’ page for full details!

Festival Choral Oregon Carolers
Sunday December 22
4pm All Ages
Historic Elsinore Theatre 170 High Street NE
The annual and traditional caroling performance returns to Salem for the 30th season. Over 100 singers hit the stage for an evening of holiday carols and Christmas hymns. For more information and to purchase advance tickets head to!

Blue Evolution
Tuesday December 31
9pm 21+
Brown’s Towne Lounge 189 Liberty Street NE
A night of live songs ranging from Stevie Wonder to the Allman Brothers and many surprises in between will be presented for your listening pleasure. Yet another New Year’s Eve in downtown Salem, this party is a reliably most triumphant! Find Blue Evolution at