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Eugene's Best Live Music Venues

Published: October 16, 2018
 
Eugenians love live music. The many concert venues of Eugene bring in performances from all genres. Each venue has qualities that make it special and make your dream show even more memorable. Here is a list of Eugene's top concert halls to visit on your next night out. 

W.O.W. HALL

ODC at WOW Hall by Melanie Griffin

This venue is well-loved among Eugene concert goers. One popular feature is the underground bar with flat-screen televisions for watching the performance while you are away from the stage. Shows at the W.O.W. Hall feel intimate and special because the stage is elevated but not set back from the dance floor. 

WILDCRAFT CIDER WORKS

Zuhg at Wildcraft by Melanie Griffin

Wildcraft Cider Works is Eugene's first cidery and newest concert venue. With 13 cider taps and a variety of local beers and wines, there is something to quench any thirst. There is a constant rotation of musicians coming through this spot. Bands play upstairs where music pours over the balcony so it can be enjoyed from anywhere in the building. On Sundays, acoustic sets happen on the main level. 

HI-FI MUSIC HALL

Through The Roots at Hifi Music Hall by Melanie Griffin

The Hi-Fi Music Hall is home to two different stages. If you are looking to enjoy a free show, Funk Jam Wednesdays and Soul Tribe Sundays provide dancing and entertainment at no cost. Located in the heart of downtown Eugene, Hi-Fi is a great place to end up on any night of the week.  

CUTHBERT AMPHITHEATER

Rebelution at Cuthbert by Melanie Griffin

Eugene's only outdoor concert venue! The Cuthbert Amphitheater allows music enthusiasts to enjoy the summer air while listening to their favorite band. This large venue holds 5,000 excited fans and brings in acts from every genre. The Cuthbert Amphitheater also hosts a variety of food carts as well as beer, wine and mixed drinks on-site. 

MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA

Foo Fighters at Matt Knight by Colin Morton

With a capacity for 12,000, Matthew Knight Arena is the largest indoor space in Eugene. Located at the edge of the University of Oregon campus, the arena was built with sports in mind. However, this LEED Gold Certified arena transforms to host a variety of entertainers touring the Pacific Northwest. 

MCDONALD THEATER

Iration at McDonald Theater by Melanie Griffin

This historic theater, built in 1925, has a different feel than the other concert halls in Eugene. The McDonald Theater stage has arches and pillars that give it that classic look. There is a full bar in a side room and a second bar in the seated balcony over the dance hall. Many of Eugene's larger performances take place here.

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 Tourism Marketing Coordinator for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia. 

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and buying too many house plants. Follow her Instagram for Lane County's best kept secrets.