“WHO’S THE ROSS?” is a late-night talk show performing every Tuesday night at Dante’s in downtown Portland, Oregon, hosted by actor/comedian Aaron Ross. The program has been running for eight years, logging 650 performances in that time.
FOR MORE INFO on WTR: http://whostheross.com
“Our band had to overcome immense challenges in order to keep doing what we love. We knew our listeners could relate, so we invited our fans into the studio to sing on the track with us.”
The female fronted rock act has built a bulletproof reputation in their years of creating stellar, hard hitting songs. “You Can’t Kill Us” is the title track from the band’s forthcoming album—and if this is any indication, the collection will be a force to be reckoned with.
Witch Mountain was founded by guitarist/songwriter Rob Wrong and drummer/manager Nathan Carson in Portland, OR in 1997. In those days, if you didn't wear a cardigan and play sloppy indie-rock on a guitar you bought at a garage sale, you were not going anywhere. But the band was committed to its roots in the Blues, Rock, and Metal. Carson and Wrong shared a love of the Beatles, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Judas Priest, and the Beach Boys. By the time the Homegrown Doom demo was recorded in '99, the band was already on its 4th bass player (he didn't last long, either).
Since those early days, Witch Mountain's accomplishments read like a laundry list: Three albums for Profound Lore, a single for Scion, a comp track on Adult Swim's metal compilation. Festival performances at Roadburn, Hellfest, Hopscotch, and tours all over Europe and North America with the likes of Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Cough, Lord Dying, Spirit Caravan, Weedeater, were all great successes. Likewise, the major press has levied accolades on Witch Mountain, from Pitchfork to NPR, Spin to MSN, Noisey to Rhapsody. If you can name a band that influenced doom, be it Candlemass or Blue Oyster Cult, Sleep or Diamond Head, Saint Vitus or Uli Jon Roth, Witch Mountain has shared the stage with them.
2015 brings new blood to the group, with vocalist Kayla Dixon taking over for the recently retired Uta Plotkin. Dixon's talent and enthusiasm continues to revitalize the band, which is remarkably far from jaded after nearly 18 years as a unit. Latest album Mobile of Angels won worldwide praise, and placed on most Top 20 Year End lists for metal music in 2014. Now, with latest and greatest bass player Justin Brown (#11, we think...) in tow, the group is set to tour America once more, this time in support of its longtime friends YOB.
Once against the grain in every way, time and culture has cycled the band into a new era where Doom is somehow considered cool, and Witch Mountain is recognized as an organic, unwavering stalwart of the scene.
Conan are as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. Remember that sentence, for it is writ large in virgin blood on the walls of the forgotten temple of Bol-Krastor, deep in the steaming forests of forgotten Lemuria. Conan, a monumentally brutal three piece (in the grand tradition of all the hallowed three pieces through time) hold a sinew-tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised powerchord changes and tempo-shifts of the anti-holy trio of bass, drums and guitar. Two weary yet defiant men have the task of vocalising wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of Conan's metalized bombast. They bear it well, for the task is immense.
Punk rock may not be rocket science, but it's only the smartest and
sharpest bands that make the grade and stay the course.
Formed in London in 2009, Booze & Glory started life as a straight-ahead
salute to the rowdy street punk and Oi! bands of the late '70s and '80s
UK scene. Thanks to some of the most infectious songwriting to emerge
from the capital's mean streets for a long time, and with a heroic and
ruthless dedication to playing live, the band were steadily embraced by a
colossal international fan base, with debut video London Skinhead Crew
notching up in excess of 7 000,000 views on YouTube along the way.
Triumphant trips to Asia, South America, the US and pretty much
anywhere that would have them ensured that Booze & Glory's first three
albums - Always On The Wrong Side (2010), Trouble Free (2011) and As
Bold As Brass (2014) - became essential listening for fans of balls-out
and snotty rock'n'roll.
But far from resting on their laurels and sticking to a tried-and- tested
formula, Booze & Glory are now poised to reveal the subtle but
unmistakable evolution that their music and aesthetic have undergone in
recent times, the four-piece have come of age on album number four,
the appropriately-titled Chapter IV.
Instead, the rampaging, lethally melodic anthems contained on Chapter
IV are an exhilarating exercise in positive thinking, the power of the
people and the importance of seizing the day and living life like there's
no tomorrow (which, given recent events, may well turn out to be the
case!). With shades of everything from One Way System and Stiff Little
Fingers to the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid, Booze & Glory's all-
encompassing punk rock sound is a loud, proud and big-hearted antidote
to fake plastic pop stars and off-the- shelf punk posers. With songs
touching upon everything from the joys of unity to singer/guitarist
Mark's recent battle with cancer, all human life is present and correct,
with every last track sounding like a custom-built anthem for the
masses. There is evidence of instinctive musical growth here too, as
showcased on folk-fuelled opener Days, Months, Years and the riotous,
soulful clatter of Violence & Fear: songs with plenty to say and no
shortage of fresh ways to say it.
Newly signed to legendary Swedish imprint Burning Heart, Booze & Glory
are set to claim 2017 as their own. With plans to play over 150 shows
over the next 12 months, including a full month in the US and festival
appearances across Europe, the boys' mission to spread the ageless joy
and fury of pure punk rock looks certain to continue long into the future.
With a record as strong as Chapter IV behind them, the B&G crew have
nothing but glory on the horizon. Always an international band, with past
and present members hailing from Poland, Ireland, England, Sweden and
Greece, the current line-up all possessing migrant blood. An international hard working
brigade with aim and sight on the future. Up the punx!
Thieves of Sunrise, an intense rock and soul quintet from Dallas TX, aims to bring their rock and roll ruckus to the world. They've been featured on radio stations in England, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia, and all across Europe and America. Their highly improvisational and attention-stealing show has been featured in festivals, theaters, concert halls, and rock clubs across the United States since they formed in 2010. The band has recently performed at the notable American Airlines Center at Victory Park, Historic Lakewood Theater, Gas Monkey Dallas, and the House of Blues in New Orleans.
Thieves of Sunrise brings funky, soul-infused southern rock back with a sound that is as original as it is classic, with influences pouring from the golden ages of rock and blues records. In this way, Thieves of Sunrise feels like finding an old, dusty vinyl record and discovering that the songs still resonate today. The band is led by singer Matthew Marcus McDaniel, whose distinctive voice and soulful belt command attention while his ripping harmonica allows for the foot stomping. Curtis Crofford provides funky bass lines and deep, sultry grooves. Shaun Crawford and Jake Stewart add the sweetness and rock and roll authority with electrifying guitar lines and memorable riffs. Jake doubles on the organ to take the whole band to church. Punchy backing vocals, smooth percussion and the occasional horn section round out the soundscapes. The result is a celebration guaranteed to get heads bobbing, hearts pounding, and hips shaking.
"Soul Stew", the band's latest release, has been featured on radio stations from the heartland of the US to the shores Down Under and lands between. The album's bone-shaking blues roots and authentic soul-rattling southern swagger has appealed to fans around the globe. The band continues to tour in support of the record and the newly released vinyl copies. Go to a show, listen to the record, spread the good word, and join the rock and roll revolution.
EveryBODY invites you to enter a temporary erogenous zone, a magical space where patriarchy is smashed and everyone appreciates ass. A night of radical performance, body positive celebration, and the worship of all things fleshy, filthy, and fun.
Whether you're spectating or gyrating, all we ask is that you check your hang ups at door and spread your mind wide for the hottest non-binary, bi-coastal party in the CoUNTry!
DIY Strip Club means that ANYONE can dance, no stage experience necessary. Our philosophy is that the bodies are BEAUTIFUL and booties DIVINE! We like our sexuality like a salad—Raw, lightly dressed, with a whole lot going on in the mix! So scrub your mind clean of whatever advertisers TOLD you a body should be and EXPERIENCE an evening of depraved debauchery, hilarious hanky panky, and all things arousing!
We are doing things a bit differently this time - instead of two shows and an intermission, there will be the MAIN EVENT at 10:30, Halftime show byThe House of Flora, THE LATE SHOW at 11:30, and then the LATE LATE SHOW immediately following (so if you don't make it on for an official performance slot, bring your most scandalous outfit and give us everything you have in the XXX free for all dance freak out everything goes until the very end of the night 😉
Consent is everything, so please respect the following limits:
NO PHOTOS / NO TOUCHING / NO JERKS
PRICE: $15 before 11pm / $20 after
This gets you in and you get $5 Big Dix Bux to tip with! Everyone pays the same, dancers included (you get it back after you perform). Bring extra singles so you can tip even more 😉
WHERE: Dante's // 9pm - 2am
DJ + HOST: Patrick Buckmaster
The Pacific Northwest's largest and original pole competition is back for 2017:
Exotic Magazine Presents Polerotica 2017! Entertainers from all over the Northwest will compete to see who has what it takes to win $5,000 in cash and prizes and the July 2017 cover and centerfold of Exotic Magazine! Come show your support and see some of the best pole skills the industry has to offer!
The Upper Crust began in 1994 as an admittedly frivolous and comical concept, with no expectation but to entertain a few friends, that to everyone’s surprise immediately took on a vigorous momentum of its own that continues to accelerate to this day. Two decades later the band has toured the United States and Europe, appeared on television’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, played with bands like Aerosmith and the Go-Gos, performed at festivals including All Tomorrow’s Parties and Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme; they have placed a song in Guitar Hero, written the theme for the History Channel’s American Daredevils; they were the subject of a full-length documentary film, produced a half-hour pilot for VH1, and were immortalized as animated characters in the children’s TV show Codename: Kids Next Door. Now that they have worked the kinks out, they are ready to take the concept to its natural conclusion, which appears to be no less than massive, worldwide acclaim and, incidentally, riches beyond imagining.
So far the Upper Crust have released five albums: Let Them Eat Rock, The Decline and Fall of the Upper Crust, Once More Into the Breeches, Entitled, and Revenge For Imagined Slights. 2016 sees the release of a back-to-back album with friends the Grannies from San Francisco, to be called Lords & Ladies, and very soon another full-length record of new hits, tentatively entitled One Hand in the Cradle, One Foot in the Grave, but in reality to be called something else entirely. This new record is almost completed; the release date is yet to be determined.
The band consists of the Lord Bendover and the Duc d’Istortion on guitar, Count Bassie on bass (replacing Lord Rockingham and Marquis Mark, who left the band after the first year to pursue less lofty ambitions) and Jackie Kickassis on drums.
In the two decades of its existence, the band has won devoted fans around the world and secured beyond dispute its position as the finest purveyor of 18th-Century Rocque and Roll to the most demanding aficionados of the genre. With the release of the new album they are poised to win over those stragglers who have been thus far slow to perceive the seismic cultural shift represented by the Upper Crust. With their powdered wigs and velvet knee breeches the band may be perceived as funny (and maybe the observation is not entirely without merit), but they’re not to be dismissed as a joke—their songwriting, their recordings and their live performances all speak to the fact that the Upper Crust are across the board, by every pertinent criteria, among the best rock, or as they say “rocque,” bands to come along since the invention of the electrical guitar and the steam-powered amplifier.
So, Gentle Reader, if you have not already done so, take notice of the Upper Crust, for they are an indispensable anachronism of our modern age, and their music will be the theme to, and the cause and effect of, both the greatest events and the smallest and most intimate occasions thereof.
Sir Frederick of Hollywood
COME JOIN the PRE-PARTY at DANTE'S from 4-7pm celebrating ELVIS: GRAND MARSHALL of the STARLIGHT PARADE and a regular fixture at DANTE'S on 3rd and Burnside. FREE ADMISSION! 21+.
From the Church of Elvis to the Starlight Parade...Portland’s own Elvis — the iconic street performer with a cardboard guitar — is selected Grand Marshal for the 2017 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade, Saturday June 3. The Festival informed Elvis and his fans at a special karaoke performance at DANTE'S on Monday night. The Starlight Parade — which forms and starts in Elvis’s ‘hood’ in the lower Burnside Old Town area — will feature for the first time a crowd pleasing member of the community that represents the fabric of the city’s unique and weird celebration of life.
“Portland’s Elvis (John Schroder) has been an institution to the fine City of Roses, for as long as I can remember,” says Tres Shannon co-owner Voodoo Doughnuts. “Saturday Market, The Church of Elvis, a fixture at The X-Ray Cafe, Satyricon, Dantes and just the streets of downtown. I think Elvis totally and completely sums up all of what is a quirky, scary, and fun, about Portland, Oregon. He is a perfect conduit to the new Portland from the old Portland.”
John “Elvis” Schroder grew popular with the rise of the short lived Church of Elvis from 1985 through 1995. He would hang out near the coin operated novelty museum/art gallery on SW Ankeny Street created by Stephanie G. Pierce. Playing his trademark cardboard guitar, Elvis serenaded passersby daily. Shannon first met Elvis at the “WHERE’S the ART?” event in 1986. “He was a wonderful addition to our weird and wacky crew. I’ve seen him countless times performing doing everything from Elvis to ‘Darth Elvis’ and performing with a live band, solo, and recording studios.” The band loves him and the crowd loves him.”
According to Shannon, Elvis has been a fixture around Voodoo Doughnuts since they opened in 2003. Elvis — who can still be seen on the streets performing — has a new music CD out called “57 FANS CAN’T BE WRONG – The GREATEST HITS OF ELVIS!” He also released a Christmas 45.
Watch for Elvis in the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade is Saturday, June 3, 2017 as he becomes the first Rose Festival Grand Marshal to travel the new parade route on SW Washington and 12th Avenue.