Voted by BURLESQUE MAGAZINE as one of the Top 10 Burlesque shows in the USA!
A sinful circus of burlesque, fire-dancing, DJs & debauchery. Every Sunday night for 16 years...the longest-running weekly cabaret show on the west coast!
The original live karaoke band, rocking in Portland for 23 years and counting. Come see us every Monday at Dante's!
Born in Chicago in 1986, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Shawn James discovered the power of soul in music he experienced while growing up on the south side.
His blend of blues, folk & soul music is full of contrasts -- dark and light, anger and joy, earthy and airborne - while remaining gritty and real.
Since releasing his first album in the fall of 2012, his music has reached millions of people. His songs have been featured on CBS, HBO and most recently in Sony Playstation's trailer for their upcoming blockbuster game "The Last of Us 2".
Shawn James brings extreme passion to his music. You feel it in the imaginative, highly nuanced songwriting and see it in the powerful live shows where there's never the slightest hesitation and nothing is held back. And, most importantly, you can hear it resonate in Shawn's most powerful instrument: the unique, soulful voice that sounds like it is literally being torn out of his heart...and it is something you won't soon forget.
WYRD WAR Presents
A Night of Gut Wrenching Horror Metal
DECEASED: Arlington, Virginia pioneers DECEASED make their triumphant return to Portland to deliver the wrath of true horror metal! Led by exuberant heavy metal historian King Fowley, DECEASED released their first demo in 1986, followed in 1988 by the acclaimed Birth by Radiation demo in 1988. In 1990 DECEASED became the first band to sign to Relapse Records, and they have continued to raise the banner of underground death metal with six full-length studio albums, four EPS, three live releases, and countless compilation contributions. Since forming in 1984, the band has only appeared in Portland once and due to van trouble Portland headbangers suffered a disappointingly abbreviated set. This time, Wyrd War is flying 'em out for a very special one-night-only concert! No tour. Do not miss this one. UP THE TOMBSTONES!
SLUTVOMIT: Seattle/Bellingham deathbangers SLUTVOMIT have been called many things by many people. Their name has certainly not done them any favors in this regard. What the press has routinely failed to acknowledge is that this blackened horde is one of the heaviest and most promising young extreme metal bands on the West Coast. Fortunately, the rest of the world already figured it out. The band recently returned from a North American tour with Slaughtbbath and Communion, including a triumphant appearance at Canada's final Wings of Metal Festival. Experience the swarming darkness that is SLUTVOMIT for yourself and...TURN THE CROSS TOWARDS HELL!!!!!
WITCH VOMIT: Formed in 2012, local cemetery lurkers WITCH VOMIT released Portland's best death metal album of 2016 with their debut full-length A Scream From the Tomb Below. This young power trio delivers gore strewn riffs, pounding old school rhythms and throat eviscerating vocals from beyond the grave in the macabre old school tradition. WITCH VOMIT wields the blade and leaves behind incriminating forensic evidence that the underground is very much alive and undead! Get sick!!!!!
DJ Dennis Dread: Intrepid war chief Dennis Dread will perilously suspend himself behind turntables and spill whiskey all over his vinyl so YOU don't have to suffer through bullshit music in between bands. Buy him a drink.
Mary Ocher has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict.
Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms. She has released 4 studio albums on 5 labels in the past 6 years, as well as a double anthology of home recordings, 2 EPs and 2 collections of remixes. Her previous solo release was produced by Canadian Psych Rock&Roll guru King Khan.
The most recent, "The West Against The People" is out on Klangbad, Hans Joachim Irmler's label of Faust. It features solo tracks, as well as tracks with her two drummers Your Government, and elusive legends Die Tödliche Doris and Felix Kubin. It also features an essay elaborating on the themes of the album and analyzing the current sociopolitical climate*.
*The essay can be read here: www.maryocher.com/essay.html
"Prediction: one of the best albums of 2017" - FACT Magazine (January 2017) "
Stoned Evergreen Travelers hail from the Pacific Northwest, turning bar rooms and club stages everywhere they play into boot stompin', hootin' hollerin', get down and get dirty if you wanna party parties that put hands together, smiles on faces, and fists in the air. Their unique brand of hellbilly metal combines elements of outlaw country and honky tonk with those of stoner rock, heavy metal, gypsy punk, and thrash... you could describe it as sounding something like Hank Williams meets early Metallica with a touch of Eyehategod and bit of a Gogol Bordello flavor to it. With their name in the billing alongside a veritable smorgasbord of different types of bands, from sludge metal masters like Crowbar to acts like Hayseed Dixie, The Goddamn Gallows and Bob Wayne, their audience is as diverse as the influences present in their music and the wide range of styles among the bands they're known to play with.
Raw, heartfelt, and uncompromising. Oregon born singer/songwriter, Aaron "Dog Bite" Harris is who he is, does what he does, and no trends, cliques, or flavors of the week will ever change that. Dog Bite's inspiring DIY ethos have seen him self release 3 albums, tour the United States, and co-host a popular podcast, "Dogwater Radio", on Shooter Jennings "Outlaw Radio" network. Whether he's on the road, in the studio, or on the airwaves, you can be sure Dog Bite is giving one hundred percent of his heart and soul to anyone that's listening, and doing so on his own terms.
Rolling Stone article about GIANTS IN THE TREES
Giants in the Trees are a Rock Band hailing from Wahkiakum County, Washington. The quartet is inspired by the environment and culture of the Lower Columbia River. Musicians Jillian Raye, Erik Friend, Krist Novoselic and Ray Prestegard have created a sound that could best be described as Pop / Rock. The band is not offended by terms like schmaltz. On the other hand, there are heavy groove numbers, screaming slide guitar and accordion. There is even an anthem--so raise your arms with the phone flashlights.
How did this blend of influences come to be? The band first met for a casual jam in the Skamokawa Grange Hall last spring. The players wasted no time at all composing their first two songs on that first day. They were hooked to the music and a band was born.*Kris Novoselic on accordion and bass *Jillian Raye on banjo, bass and vocals *Ray Prestagard on guitar and harmonica *Erik Friend on drums
*Kris Novoselic on accordion and bass
*Jillian Raye on banjo, bass and vocals
*Ray Prestagard on guitar and harmonica
*Erik Friend on drums
There are times when rock'n'roll is off the leash, off the rails and, at the risk of understatement, off its rocker. For the most part, now is not one of those times. But there are forces at work in defiance of this state of affairs. And that's The Damn Truth.
You could say that Montreal's The Damn Truth are keeping rock honest, and nowhere is that more apparent than on the group's newest full-length album, the sophomore Devilish Folk. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Dear in the Headlights, Devilish Folk sees the band - Lee-La Baum (vocals/guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars) and Dave Traina (drums) - doubling down on the bruising blues-based, blue-collar rock that distinguished them, and made them something of a musical anomaly, from the moment of inception. In a world where being different doesn't always mean being celebrated, The Damn Truth are fighting the good fight.
THE STORY OF METALACHI...
On a hot summer night in Veracruz Mexico circa 1982, Consuela Espinoza stumbled out of her dilapidated shanty and into Rock N Roll history. What began as an innocent night of snorting horse tranquilzers in a hotel room with seven members of the village jai alai team went on to produce the greatest metal band to ever live. Unhampered by a steady regime of tequila and ill advised sumo lessons, nine months later five bastard children where born. Unable to care for her hungry offspring and concerned that motherhood would seriously interfere with her Tuesday night Karaoke league, Consuela hastily packed the babies into the saddlebags of a burro and sent her children off to America in search of a better life. Against all odds, 14 years later, and nearly dead from dehydration, the burro knelt down to drink from the stagnant waters of the Rio Grande just ouside of Juarez Mexico -mere yards from the U.S. border. With one fleeting burst of energy the brothers Espinoza cinco climbed from their leather restraints and scampered the vast reaches of the river, collapsing onto the sweet amber hue of American soil. As if by destiny, lodged in the sand beneath their tanned faces was a record sleeve upon which were the words "PARANOID" and "BLACK SABBATH". For many years to follow, this definitive black metal album served not only as a teacher and a mentor..but also as a friend. From these bleak and humble begins grew the seed that would OFFICAL BIO
eventually be the band we know today. Often referred to as the greatest heavy metal band to ever live..always referred to as...METALACHI.