This show was kinda a list minute idea I had. As I was checking out what was coming to local venues I found that Soul’d Out was doing a multi venue music festival. One of those acts was the Rebirth Brass Band at the theater in my back yard, Revolution Hall. It was also a special night and a Friday on top of that so I just had to go.
After a regular day of work I got to enjoying the evening with a nice walk around the city. The weather was really starting to break and be enjoyable in the evening with the light being out later as well. I must have walked several miles around, lots of activity along the water and people out enjoying the beautiful weather.
I knew I would need fuel all night so I stopped at Danwei Canting for some street food. I loaded up on some spicy food. From here it was a short walk to the venue. When I walked in the lights were low and a few people milling on stage but nothing official. It seemed to me that some members were ready to start and others needed a few more minutes. The place was already pretty packed and the ticket taker suggested I try up stairs. I tried the floor and got a pretty good spot up front in the seated section near the sound board.
The show was really fun and a lot of energy. They packed what was a small stage for the band with everyone and played their hearts out. Not as much crowd involvement as the Antibalas but still lots of energy. Seemed like a couple people in Portland have seen them perform live in NoLo at their regular gig which would be cool.
A really good night of booty shaking music. I guess my only real complaint is how long the show was. I got there just before 10pm and didn’t see an opening act perform. I just thought they could have done two sets or at least kept playing. I mean I had time to stop at Voodoo Too for after show donuts and get home before it was even midnight. On a Friday no less. Despite that one hiccup everything else was great.
Rebirth Brass Band
Friday, April 20th 2018
Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
Set stars at 10:01pm
House lights at 11:27
Encore starts at 11:28pm
House lights at 11:31pm
Not my first show in Portland but still a pretty memorable one. A year ago at this time I was actually here in Portland to see KDTU at Aladdin Theater. Just like then it was a part of his west coast winter tour. Last year I wanted to do some traveling and hadn’t seen the family in a few years so thought it would be a great opportunity to travel. This year Karl upgraded the venue immensely and it is only four blocks from my new home. My what a difference a year can make.
The show was on a Saturday so I planned to explore my own city like I would any other when I travel to see concerts. For a winter day the weather wasn’t that bad so I took the opportunity to hike. I packed a few essentials and headed north to Lark Press for some letter press. The last few months are pretty heavy in terms of birthday cards. I was out and needed to stock up. The food up north here is pretty interesting so I made a point to stop for lunch while in the neighborhood.
Thankfully I didn’t have to stray far from N Williams Ave. to find something to eat and drink. Right around the corner I found Lompoc Brewery and their Fifth Quadrant location. This is the actual brewery operations. Typical modern brewery facility with tall ceilings, concert and wood everywhere. The food was really good but neither of the beers blew my doors off. In fact I couldn’t even give them average ratings. Having said that I would go back. Good atmosphere, food and plenty of other beers to explore on the menu.
Being a mini-vacation I took a very relaxing nap in the middle of the afternoon. This being KDTU I knew it was going to be a later night. Portland seems to be pretty liberal on their late night parties so I knew it would go past midnight. Another pre-game event was dinner at Danwei Canting to fuel the body for a night of grooving.
Revolution Hall is a new place for me but I was super excited to see the show here. Four blocks from my house is hard to pass up. I can literally stumble home. I can walk home before an Uber will pick me up. This just amazes me. I knew before I walked in the place it is a renovated school. Some of the school has been carved up for office space but the old theater has been transformed into a concert hall. Complete with lockers on the outside walls to store your crap in. All retail and fans co mingled in the halls which is an interesting experience. Its crowded just like my old high school was.
The Dip was actually pretty cool and opened for the band. Another soul and funk kind band right in line with KDTU. I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality acts I am seeing as openers these last few shows.
By the time KDTU took the stage I was so relaxed and ready to just groove. For part of the show I just sat in my chair and grooved to the music. The entire nights performance was great with a lot of energy from the band and the crowd. I do think the change of venue lifted the bands spirits which allowed them to play that much better tonight.
As I expected it was almost midnight before the houselights came up and it was time to head home. Being how things are all located I stopped at Voodoo Too for some donuts before taking a very long and very well deserved nights rest. Sunday was going to be a day of recovery for me.
Karl Dension’s Tiny Universe
Saturday, January 27th 2018
Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
Start time at 10:38pm
. Allman Brothers cover
The Bridge (really amazing jam in the middle of the song)
Melville (? off the new album)
Set over at 12:29am
Encore starts at 12:32am
House lights at 12:40am