Portland scene report: October 5, 2007

Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 3, 2007

PROJECT DARK, the collaboration between SYN THE SHAMAN (vocalist/MC) and MOSHE (DJ/producer), will deliver ...and it was black on Halloween, through the MILLED PAVEMENT label. The 13 tracks feature guest spots from SONTIAGO, ALIAS, KRISTINA KENTIGAN (a/k/a K-Soul), DJ REW, and MISS FAIRCHILD collaborators. At the same time, The Director’s Cut will feature 17 remixes of Project Dark tracks by the likes of DJ MAYONNAISE, J.HJORT, ALIAS, MIKE CLOUDS, and many more. A show at the White Heart on October 31 serves as celebration.

ALLEN LOWE, the ultimate Portland music scene outsider (something he resents), has announced a weekend festival, November 9 and 10, that he’s calling “When did the blues Leave? A Guitar Festival of the Arts.” We’re not sure on the location yet, but look for members of JERKS OF GRASS and BALTIC SEA to participate in performing a single extended piece that will be performed as the entirety of Friday’s performance.

In a move that makes a lot of sense, REINDEER RECORDS has expanded its brand beyond the 23-year-old REINDEER ROCK-OFF to create RO4UNO, a “talent search for the best high school solo artists in the state of Maine.” Recent Rock-Offs have made it clear that it’s difficult to judge bands against solo acts and this provides a nice annual counterpoint to the Rock-Off’s spring competition. Deadline to register is November 23 and there will be two initial live showcases on January 6 and 13, both at McAuley Performing Arts Center in Portland. Five artists will be selected for the final round, to be held February 10. The winner takes home a cool $250 plus a recording package. Interested musicians, who must still be in high school, should call 207.857.9002 or e-mailevents@reindeergroup.org.

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