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moe. Revolution Hall Friday, February 28th 2020

February ended up being a busy month for concerts. The PDX Jazz Festival was this month and I saw two shows in a row the weekend before. Friday night was Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Saturday it was Antibals. It was another Friday night and moe. was playing at the Revolution Hall a few blocks from my house. This place is not the biggest but it is really cool.

An old school that has been turned into a multi use building. One of the space is for a concert hall in what was the old school auditorium. There is a pretty big second level which I have yet to see but it looks nice up there. Most of the main floor is seated which is a change for a place this size. Very old and classic wooden auditorium chairs that are pretty worn out. Way down in front there is a dance floor which is usually packed with people. Honestly with all the chairs the places doesn’t really feel packed which is nice. The moe. show that night was sold out but I felt like there was plenty of space to move and not feel crowded. We were only just starting to understand covid-19 in this country so I’m sure some people stayed home out of an abundance of caution.

I got there a little after 7:30pm and sat right next to the light board in the middle of the floor. The section to my left was the sound board and I knew no one would be coming that way. I was also at the end of the row so there wold be at least one space between me and someone else. Even in front the woman didn’t sit directly in front of me which I thought was weird but appreciated. This spot allowed me a good view of the light guy who was interesting to watch all night. Seemed like most of the show is pre programmed as he just “randomly” smashed buttons. He literally had a button labeled “Tap” which I was curious about. At times he would bang away at that button. Anyway a good view of the stage and I could take a seat if I wanted.

Settling in for a spacey night of moe.

That night it was a weird audience for sure. Covid-19 was really only just starting to hit the US. There where a few cases in Washington and they found an early case west of Portland a few days before. That weekend the city prepared for what was to come. Friday night we all just tried to enjoy ourselves and have a good night.

A smaller venue for moe. to play I thought but a good stage. Because the venue is not very large everyone gets a good line of sight. I love the small dance floor and the option to sit down if you want it. Anyway I thought the first set, the entire night in fact, was very spacey. It was a lot of far out and jammy shit in my opinion. Definitely some different stuff then I have seen live over the last few years. It was great to see this different side of moe. I don’t think it is a larger shift in how the band sounds just an expression in the moment of space and time.

Set break was rather interesting that night. The woman in front of me really wanted to talk. I was tapping away on my phone writing a post but she was persistent. She even mentioned she would circle back as I continued to write. Eventually she did and we talked for quite a while during the break. Certainly much more liberal than I am. I got the feeling that she didn’t like me very much but that was ok. We managed to each keep a level head and talk about a lot of touchy subjects. It was more important to being correct was more important than being right.

moe. set 2

moe. really keep with a schedule that night. Second set started on the dot and continued the spacey jams for the rest of the night. It was just some very good relaxing stuff to be listening to. With everything that was going on and especially with everything that I know now after the show, it was great to just relax to a live concert with others. With the slow downtempo space beats it really added to the vibe for the evening. A sold out show according to ticket sales but pretty sparse the day of the show.

A great concert that evening for the start of the 30th anniversary tour. At first I wasn’t sure the show would go on but I was glad it did. Great performance by the band. Even if the light show was all pre programmed. The space jams really is what I enjoyed most. Just kicking back listening to some good music close to home.


moe. Friday, February 28th 2020
Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St
Portland, OR

Sold Out

Set one starts at 8:02pm

  1. Crab Eyes *
  2. Water >
  3. Meat >
  4. It >
  5. Gone >
  6. Billy Goat >
  7. Meat
    Set over at 9:21pm

Set two starts at 10:00pm

  1. Along for the Ride >
  2. Waiting for the Punchline
  3. Godzilla >
  4. Jazz Cigarette 
  5. Runaway Overlude #
  6. Silver Sun
    Set over at 11:07pm

Encore starts at 11:10pm

  1. Akimbo 
  2. Captain America

House lights at 11:21pm

Notes
* with Jake Cinninger
# Blue Oyster Cult cover


Rebirth Brass Band Revolution Hall April 20th 2018

Rebirth Brass was one of many acts coming to town.

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
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House lights at 11:27

Encore starts at 11:28pm
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House lights at 11:31pm

 

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Revolution Hall January 27th 2018

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

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  8. . Allman Brothers cover
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  10. The Bridge (really amazing jam in the middle of the song)
  11. Melville (? off the new album)
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Set over at 12:29am

Encore starts at 12:32am
15. Jessica
House lights at 12:40am