Friday February 22, 2013 | 08:05 AM
Posted by In the City

You can get a lot done in 48 hours:

Sand and stain a used toboggan; take a road trip to Vermont to visit Ben & Jerry; train a cat to use the toilet (if the feline is a fast learner).

But most people's two-day accomplishments would take a back seat to necessary things like sleeping, eating and playing Angry Birds on their iPhone.

Musicians who are part of the 48 Hour Music Festival at Space Gallery don't have the luxury of grabbing a comfy eight hours on their Bob-o-pedic.

For five years straight, counting sheep has taken a back seat to creating new music and sharing it with fans in Portland. Saturday's debut night (tickets are $10 here or at Bull Moose) for dozens of musicians from local bands who have been shuffled into random "super groups." They got their band assignments on Thursday and by 8 p.m. Saturday they'll be expected to put on a 25-minute show.

This show regularly sells out so get your tix soon.


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