Let the kiddos rock!

Everyone loves to see live music. Most of us can easily recall the first concert we saw, who accompanied us, and what it was like hearing our favorite songs in real time: I was 14. It was the Hives and the DirtBombs at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Hungarian foreign exchange student living in my parent’s basement convinced me to sneak out and make the journey down for a night I would never forget and never regret (even though I got severely grounded upon arriving home).

For most of us, these first concert memories occurred well before we could legally drink a beer.

It can be a real bummer when you find out your favorite band is coming to town, only to see that pesky little “21+” in tiny print at the bottom of the poster. Excluded again! Shocker: Even people under 21 love going to shows.

Thankfully, many Portland venues find ways to accommodate the city’s beer-drinkers, as well as underagers.

In the next few months, Portland’s underagers have the chance to see a pretty cool spread of live music. Here’s a list of a few Portland venues that want to include you in the fun:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside St.

Upcoming All Ages Shows
Aug. 16: The Used 15th Anniversary show
Sept. 1: Explosions in the Sky

Hawthorne Theatre
1507 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Upcoming All Ages Shows
Aug. 21: Digi Summer Tour 2016

The Roseland Theater
8 NW 6th Ave.

Upcoming All Ages Shows
Aug. 6: David Nail
Sept. 14: Coheed and Cambria
Sept. 15: Bloc Party

Star Theater
13 NW 6th Ave.

Upcoming All Ages Shows
July 28: BJ The Chicago Kid and Elhae

Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St.

Upcoming All Ages Shows
July 21: Crystal Castles
Aug. 21: Minus the Bear

You can find many other all ages shows throughout the year at Portland’s Aladdin Theater, Kennedy School, Revolution Hall, and many others.

Also, don’t forget about PDX Pop Now! Portland’s own all ages, totally free music fest coming up July 22–24.