Portland scene report: July 11, 2008

Sibilance starts now

BRZOWSKI is back. Three years after the excellent maryshelleyoverdrive, he’ll release Blooddrive Vol. 2, a collection of 23 tracks created over the past four years, with a show July 14 at the Big Easy. AGENT8 helped out with producing duties, and Brzowski has lately been teaming with GRAYMATTER on stage for DJing duties. Listen for guest spots from K-THE-I???,ONEPERSON, NOMAR SLEVIK, and MOSHE, along with European artists XNDL, DJ EXTEND, and MONSIEUR SAI. The album will be available for widespread purchase July 15 on P.O.E./MILLED PAVEMENT RECORDS.

Remember how us “Sibilance” types told you about the weird personal connections that led all of the members of BIRD IN THE RAFTERS to have to be in Omaha last weekend, thus causing them to book a show while they were out there? Well, it didn’t happen. A once-in-a-generation storm blew threw, with 90 mph winds and flash flooding, and the O’LEAVERS gig got cancelled. And they even got press from the local alt-weekly! The Rafters’ ROY GHIM put it this way: “The Bird in the Rafters crew sat in the dark, drinking the remaining beer in the refrigerator that was getting gradually warmer. Oh well. Our only consolation is that we were doing probably the same thing as WILLIE NELSON and KOOL & THE GANG (also had concerts canceled in the area).”

At one point, we told you TODD BERNARD (formerly of SPACE GALLERY) would be part of a consortium opening a larger club in the STADIUM space on Congress Street. Here is how we know for sure he’s no longer involved: There is going to be a focus group convened by an area ad agency to bounce around ideas for the club. A focus group. For a club.

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  Topics: New England Music News , Willie Nelson, Roy Ghim, Todd Bernard
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