Small City, Big Scene
In the world of music, Portland is a small market between Seattle and L.A. But in marching to its own drummer, Portland has become a Mecca for the independent music scene. In 2007, Slate Magazine dubbed Portland “America’s indie rock theme park” and credited the start of Portland’s independent music scene to musician Elliot Smith and later, indie rock band Sleater-Kinney. Today, musicians from Modest Mouse, The Shins and The Decemberists all call Portland home.
On July 9, Metro Council President and music aficionado David Bragdon a moderates discussion with four independent Portland musicians: Dave Allen, Rachel Blumberg, Jared Mees and Laura Veirs. These musicians will discuss factors that contribute to the success of Portland’s independent music scene, the ever-changing landscape of the music industry and music distribution, and why we should care about sustaining independent music in Portland.
Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy the jazz and electronic fusion sound of Boy Eats Drum Machine - Portland singer, producer, songwriter, visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Jon Ragel.
This Friday Forum is co-sponsored by City Club’s New Leaders Council.
Dave Allen is the President and co-founder of Pampelmoose, a music website covering indie music and is a founding member and bass player for the post-punk band Gang of Four.
Rachel Blumberg is an American drummer and singer, best known for her tenure as the drummer for rock band The Decemberists.
Jared Mees is the co-owner of DIY craft and music store/indie record label Tender Loving Empire and is lead singer and guitarist for Jared Mees and the Grown Children.
Singer/songwriter Laura Veirs has folk-sound with a focus on lyricism.