August 1, 2013

Free bash celebrates reopening of Port City Music Hall

The open house-style event features mostly local acts and coincides with Portland's monthly First Friday Art Walk.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Patrons line up outside Port City Music Hall for the Father John Misty show in Portland last weekend.

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Too Late the Hero

PORT CITY SHOWS

HERE'S A LOOK at some of the upcoming shows at Port City Music Hall. For ticket prices, go to statetheatre portland.com. Most shows start at 8 p.m.

Aug. 9: Too Late the Hero

Aug. 10: Chris Webby

Aug. 16: Anna Lombard album release

Aug. 17: EOTO

Aug. 18: The Mickey Hart Band

Aug. 19: mewithoutyou and The Spinto Band

Aug. 20: Every Time I Die

Aug. 23: Jeff Beam's Loudspeaker Wallpaper and ShaShaSha dual album release show

Port City Music Hall was started in 2009 by Rob Evon, who had been looking to sell the place for a while. Before Evon started the club, the space had been used as part of the Stadium Sports Bar & Restaurant.

Wayne said the State Theatre management did not consider buying Port City until recently because the State was still establishing itself as a venue.

Under the banner "State Theatre Presents," Wayne has booked shows at other Portland venues when they don't make sense size-wise to have at the State. She had been booking three or four shows a month at Port City before the sale.

Since its soft reopening, Port City has already hosted English folk/punk band Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, and Alabama singer-songwriter Jason Isbell. Both are hot in their genres and have growing fanbases, but are not yet big enough to easily fill the 1,800-seat State Theatre.

Upcoming national performers at Port City include Chris Webby (rap), EOTO (electronic), The Mickey Hart Band (led by the former Grateful Dead drummer), mewithoutyou (rock) and Every Time I Die (metal).

Wayne said she's also excited about having local bands headline shows at Port City. Anna Lombard (singer-songwriter) will have an album release party there in August, as will Jeff Beam's Loudspeaker Wallpaper (experimental) and ShaShaSha (rock). Local rockers Too Late The Hero will also have their own show at Port City in August.

"This is a great development room for us, and will just help us bring in a lot of different kinds of shows," said Wayne. 

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Singer/songwriter Father John Misty at the show. Port City is newly reopened and under new ownership.

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Lauren Wayne, general manager at the State Theatre, which bought the smaller Port City in May. Wayne is, for now, running both venues.

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Preferred seating at Port City Music Hall.

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Chris Webby

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Anna Lombard

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Mickey Hart

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