Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired of waiting for summer to catch loads of rad live music? Beat your boredom this winter busting a move at Big Ass Boombox Portland, which is back with it’s third bringing of bodacious bands and brainy wordsters. This free, two-day festival takes place at five venues downtown (including two all ages venues) and features 40 local bands and 15 litterateurs.
As always, young Jedi, you must choose your own adventure, but here is my tentative agenda for the weekend.
Friday, January 24
Start at the Ash Street Saloon for Hands In at 10:30 pm followed by The Autonomics, then split over to Dante’s to catch some of The No Tomorrow Boys all killer no filler antics at 11:30 pm. Next I’ll either stick around Dante’s for Adventure Galley or head back to Ash Street for Psychomagic, depending on how the substances of the evening grab a hold of me.
Saturday, January 25
This night will get a little weird. Start out at Slabtown (all ages) with The Century at 9:30. Next I’ll head to Ash Street for Coma Serfs at 10:45 pm, then stroll to Kelly’s Olympian for Summer Cannibals at 11:30 pm. For the highlight of the night, I’ll make my way back to Ash Street to watch Old Age at 12:15 am.
Your journey through Big Ass Boom Box may be entirely different than mine. Take a look at the schedule of shenanigans to decide for yourself how you plan to spend the weekend. But don’t be a dummy and not go out, after this it’s back to waiting for summer. - Travis Leipzig