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2021 Eugene Summer Concert Guide

Published: July 23, 2021

 

Eugene may be a small city compared to Portland but it holds its own in the live music scene. Some of Oregon's favorite music venues are in Eugene and those concert halls host some pretty big headliners. Plenty of Eugene music lovers have stories of the time they saw a band play a cozy venue in town before they were selling out massive stadiums. 

After more than a year without live music, fans and bands alike are eager to get back to the fun. Make memories this year with this list of the top concerts not to miss this summer in Eugene. 

Arranged by date.

Rebelution

This California-based reggae band is bringing their In The Moment Tour and some new music to Eugene's Cuthbert Amphitheatre with Steel Pulse, Kabaka Pyramid and Keznamdi. Expect to dance the night away with this lively band and a crowd of loyal fans. 

Saturday, August 28, 2021. Show starts at 6 p.m.

Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are a California rock band with a heavy surfer aesthetic - one that they perfected in the 1960's and still rule over today. Their music appeals to just about every generation. The Beach Boys are playing Eugene's outdoor venue, The Cuthbert where catching that summer vibe is easy.

Friday, September 3, 2021. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Big Freedia with Too Many Zooz

What a combo! Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, has been featured on tracks alongside Beyonce, Drake, Lizzo and Kesha. Like all New Orleans artists, she has a flavor all her own and an undeniable presence. She will be appearing with Too Many Zooz, a three-person "Brass House" band that got their start busking in New York City subways. The performance will be at the WOW Hall, an intimate venue perfect for a high-energy party like this one. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Japanese Breakfast and Luna Li

Another show at the WOW Hall not to miss, this one should be on your list because Japanese Breakfast's lead is Michelle Zauner - a longtime resident of Eugene, Oregon. Every music lover knows that a hometown show is extra special. Prepare to fall in love with the voices of both performers - all the dreamy, sultry sounds with high tempo to keep you up on your feet. 

Friday, September 24, 2021. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Luke Combs

This American Country music star is playing the impressive Matthew Knight Arena this summer. Knight Arena holds more than 12,000 people and makes any concert experience feel more intense. Watch Luke Combs perform here and give all your Instagram followers FOMO.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Show starts at 7 p.m.

 

Ruthie Foster

The Shedd Institute is a music school and underrated music hall that really values American music. Ruthie Foster is a powerhouse and a legend in many genres of American music including blues, jazz, folk, soul and gospel. A night with Ruthie Foster will not soon be forgotten. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves makes music at the crossroads of blues, country and rock n' roll. Just what you'd expect from an Austin, Texas boy with some exciting surprises as well. The performance is at the McDonald Theater in downtown Eugene. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Portugal. The Man

This is one of your last chances to see a summer show at The Cuthbert before the coming of the cool weather. Portugal. The Man is a great way to end the season with feel-good music from the Pacific Northwest!

Saturday, October 16, 2021. Show starts at 6 p.m.

Phish

For fans of Phish, one night was not enough. Phish sold out one night at the Matthew Knight Arena but there is still a chance to see them. Seeing a psychedelic rock jam band at one of Eugene's largest venues is a signature experience - just don't forget your tie-dye from the Saturday Market!

Tuesday, October 19-20, 2021. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Art Director for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade and spends nearly every weekend searching for new favorite places in the county. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and learning new things.