Music Millennium In-Store Performances (Portland, OR)

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Music Millennium stores are “a place where the music and people still matter” – and the oldest record store in existence in the Pacific Northwest!

Music is our specialty so making it possible for music fans and music lovers as a whole to enjoy FREE live in-store performances at Music Millennium is what we try to do for the city of Portland. We provide a great atmosphere and environment for bands and customers who attend our shows. Music Millennium’s NW 23rd location has a stage, PA system, sofas and chairs and great employees who try to make every visit a pleasant one for all artist and guests. Submit your EPK today for consideration to play an in-store performance at Music Millennium.

In-stores are usually booked Monday though Friday at 6:00 PM, and Saturdays & Sundays at either 1:00 PM or 5:00 PM but these days and times are flexible if necessary. Performances are held at our NW location during business hours (there's a stage and complete PA system, we do electrified as well as acoustic events) and last about 40 minutes. Since these performances are held during business hours, we do try to keep the volume down; if your band is one of our louder artists, we will ask you to turn the volume down or play a semi-acoustic set. We send out press releases ahead of time to local publications & radio. We also give performers the opportunity to set up a consignment account for their merchandise by contacting our consignment person at 503-231-8943. In-store performances are completely free for the public & promotional for the band (not paid).

Music Millennium has hosted an array of in-store performances and autograph appearances over the years, including the likes of Richard Thompson, Luscious Jackson, Loreena McKennitt, Maureen McCormick (AKA "Marcia Brady"), Blue Rodeo, Shonen Knife, Matthew Sweet, Soundgarden, Mike Watt, Don Walser, Sheryl Crow, Randy Newman, Everclear, Jewel, Little Feat, Susannah Hoffs, Cheap Trick, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Franti (Spearhead), Ryan Adams, The Shins, Shelby Lynn, Karl Denison and Keller Williams to name a few. Now you and your band can add you or your band’s name to the list!


It was The Ides of March, March 15th of 1969 at 3pm, when Don MacLeod, his wife Loreen and brother in law Dan Lissy first opened an 800 square foot record store on the corner of 32nd & East Burnside. Specializing in mostly underground music not found in the department stores, drugstores or the couple of record stores which existed at the time, Music Millennium filled a niche for the Portland music community.
Titles by Fairport Convention, Frank Zappa, John Fahey, The Fugs and Holy Model Rounders were stocked in the small store along with the sounds heard on the then three month old FM station, KINK- The Underground Link.

The Store quickly grew in the first five years to its current size, including the addition of a classical store called The Musical Offering, now known as Classical Millennium. A second Music Millennium store was also added next to the now defunct Purple Earth Tavern at NW 21st & Irving, and is now located at 23rd & Johnson. It’s 36 years later and Music Millennium is the oldest record store in existence in the Pacific Northwest!