Northwest Portland Hostel

Centrally Located – in the Heart of Portland

Music at the Hostel 2018

Join us every Tuesday to hear talented singer/songwriters from around the West Coast while enjoying locally sourced foods, beverages, and the company of locals and travelers alike! We welcome you to bring your loved ones and friends over for the fun! 2018 marks the 10th season of our free live music nights.

2018 Schedule

Every *Tuesday Night in the summer from 6:30pm – 9:30pm join us for two sets from our featured artist and two open mic sessions.
Spring, fall and winter 2018 we will exchange the excitement of our summer season open mic for the cozy intimacy of single performers and duos in our Cafe from 7pm – 9pm

*events are subject to change
Sign up for open mic spots at the events.


January 2018


January 2nd ~ Check back soon!

January 9th ~ Karyn Ann

With a voice known to “beguile the most inattentive bar-goer,” Karyn Ann has gained notoriety as a skilled singer and songwriter. A New York native, she’s migrated coast to coast performing her brand of indie acoustic soul, reminiscent of ‘70s troubadours like Bonnie Raitt and modern artists like Brandi Carlile.

Her song The Ender has appeared in a feature-length indie film and her song Listen My Dear was recently commissioned for a short film.

She performs all over the Portland area and tours nationally and will be performing this summer at the Women’s Redrock Music Festival.

January 16th ~ Whole Grain Loafers

Fiddle, guitar, and accordion trio, the Whole Grain Loafers, play an assortment of folk and jazz from across the globe. With Karin Guenther on accordion, Albert McDonnell on guitar, and Olivia Horgan on fiddle.




January 23rd ~ Michael Henchman

Songwriter, musician, right-brain dreamer, left-brain artisan. Michael Henchman‘s thoughtful, lyric driven song


often draws inspiration from roads less traveled that have beckoned since childhood – living across the U.S., in Europe, and many years in central Alaska – to create an Americana sound that is at once warm and reminiscent, bringing to life newstories on age-old journeys through love and loss, hard times and hope. His experiences instilled a deep fascination with open spaces and with how the heart becomes entangled by time

Over the years, Michael has performed in various folk, rock-n-roll and jazz bands- as bassist, vocalist, and guitarist – and he has also composed instrumental music for several public television programs about Alaska. He continues to search for stories from back roads and the many places that people call home. Whether performing solo or with full backing band, Michael brings a sense of emotional truth to his songs and to the ongoing theme of ‘roads less traveled’.

January 30th ~ Kelly Brightwell

Kelly’s finely crafted songs have won her numerous accolades:  second place in the 2014 and 2015 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, finalist in the 2014 IAMA Susanne Millsaps Songwriter Showcase, and another honorable mention in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest.  With a new band on board, and a standout sophomore album, Kelly has returned to music-making with all the wisdom of her past, and hope for a bright future.


February 2018


February 6th ~ Gabrielle Macrae and Barry Southern


Gabrielle Macrae has been playing music her whole life and became interested in Old time as a teenager. A member of bands the Macrae Sisters, The Horsenecks, the Waysiders, The Desperate Measures and Hook and Anchor she plays primarily Old Time fiddle and banjo but love to sit in a session playing guitar or bass as well.

Barry Southern teaches bluegrass banjo and old time clawhammer/frailing banjo and hails from Portland Oregon.



February 13th ~ Check back soon!

February 20th ~ Check back soon!


To apply for a featured artist performance in 2018, please contact our music committee.

Scheduled featured artists from other years

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011