Want to see some live music tonight? Here are your best options, curated by the Willamette Week music staff.
SATURDAY, OCT. 31
Shakey Graves, Tennis
[NERD AMERICANA] Rootsy, foot-stomping party-blues and Star Trek wouldn’t seem to go together, but for Shakey Graves’ Alejandro Rose-Garcia—who’s throwing a Starfleet Academy-themed Halloween show tonight—it’s a totally natural combination. See our profile here. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 8 pm. $30. All ages.
[JAZZ NOISE] An international group of free improvisational heavyweights comes together, by way of Portland’s Creative Music Guild, for an evening of unplanned multi-cultural sound play. Guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, electronic musician Toshimaru Nakamura, soprano saxophonist Bryan Eubanks and drummer Jason Kahn create a smokescreen of sound that forms many shapes of human emotion. Sometimes the quartet feels overwhelmingly restless and dissonant, other times soft, clear-headed and full of overt musical intention. But wherever the noise travels tonight, it’s sure to be a place worth visiting. PARKER HALL. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate. 7:30 pm. $12- $20. 21+.
King Dude, Drab Majesty, Big Haunt, Tetrad Veil
[SOUTHERN GOTHIC] Metal and folk make stranger bedfellows. So when TJ Cowgill switched from fronting death-metal outfit Book of Black to writing rootsy dirges as King Dude, it initially puzzled a lot of people. But Cowgill manages to show that metal and Americana really aren’t all that different. With his epic baritone and haunting lyrics recalling Nick Cave, King Dude’s albums contain enough melodramatic and morbid mysticism to rival any group of Scandinavian satanists. With the Rocky Horror Picture Show of shoegaze, Drab Majesty, opening up, this show is objectively the best way to spend your Halloween. SHANNON GORMLEY. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 8 pm. $12. 21+.
All Hallow’s Eve Dance of Death with Resonance Ensemble
[DEATH DANCES] Long before Robert Johnson sang about the crossroads, super musicians were alleged to have made deals with the devil, including 19th century piano virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt, whose “Totentanz” (Dance of Death) is diabolically difficult to play and thrilling to hear. Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and fellow pianist Hunter Noack will duel with Liszt’s devilish score before Resonance Ensemble, which comprises some of the city’s top choristers, engages in another “Totentanz”, this one written by early 20th century German composer Hugo Distler, which mingles medieval and jazz influences along with Stravinskian modernism. The 14 short movements, sung here in English, constitute dialogues between the figure of Death and the people of a village he invites to dance with him. It’s a deeply moving reflection on mortality, punctuated by violin solos played by Third Angle’s Ron Blessinger. BRETT CAMPBELL. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave. 7:3 0pm. $5-$22. All ages.
HALLOWEEN COVER BAND SHOWS
Club 21: “Danzig/Samhain,” “Siouxsie & the Banshees,” “Misfits,” “Bauhaus.” 9:30 pm. Free. 21+.
High Water Mark, 6800 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.: “ESG/Lilliput,” “13th Floor Elevators,” “X,” “Narcosis.” 9 pm. $5. 21+.
The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St.: “Radiohead,” “Jimmy Eat World,” “Paramore,” “Elliott Smith.” 8 pm. 21+.