As a local non-profit, the State Theatre has vivified the cultural landscape for nearly a century through applause-worthy performances and engaging community programs. Come February, Stomp will explode onto the stage with percussive rhythm and movement, and Glen Burtnik & Friends will honor John Lennon's 70th birthday by serenading a Fab Four-loving crowd with beloved hits such as “Strawberry Fields Forever” and lesser-known tunes such as "Tangerine Terrain Temporarily." Surrender your eardrums to the marching band musicality and show-stopping steppers of DrumLine Live, or treat a theater-craving youngster to the food-fueled metamorphosis of The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a black-lit puppet presentation of a childhood classic.
• For $22, you get a one-day music pass for Friday, August 12 (a $45 value). • For $22, you get a one-day music pass for Saturday, August 13 (a $45 value). • For $35, you get a two-day music pass for Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 (a $70 value). • For $50, you get a two-day music pass for Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 and three nights of camping on August 11–14 (a $105 value).
Owner Geoff Houghton transformed an abandoned 1830s mill into a bustling pub on Factory Island, a place dominated for centuries by the iron and sawmill industries. Today, the only things milling there are Houghton's handcrafted beers, which flow from The Run of the Mill's 14 barrels straight into the bar's taps. These lagers, ambers, and cask-conditioned ales complement classic pub meals of wings, crab cakes, and burgers. The Run of the Mill also organizes a Mug Club, which awards guests who drink 300 of its beers in one year with a handmade ceramic mug, an official hat or T-shirt, and a heartfelt, bar-top eulogy to all the fallen hops.
The Portland Chamber Music Festival, which has been broadcast on NPR and has received two Aaron Copland grants for American contemporary-music performance, is a community-based organization that brings nationally recognized, classical-chamber-music professionals to the Portland area. Part of the Summer Concert Series held in the air-conditioned confines of the Abromson Center, this August 13 concert will serenade eardrums with the rich stringscapes of Beethoven's Viola Quintet , the most memorable five-piece since the human senses formed a Grandfunk Railroad tribute band. Composer Lee Hyla, chair of music composition at Northwestern University, will introduce his Amnesia Redux for Piano Trio, and the sonic shindig concludes with a cochleae-rousing performance of Faure's Piano Quartet in C Minor.
The fun-loving duo of Holy Ghost! polish eardrums with slick electropop, earning acclaim from such publications as Rolling Stone. Rather than hire a Shakespearean theater troupe to reenact New York's 1980s club scene, the musicians layer dance-friendly synthesizer melodies with beats that recall those of electrofunk forebears Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. Costumed revelers can warm up their boogie muscles during opening sets by nu-disco trio Jessica 6 and DJ Eli Escobar, who will mix rap and disco house using an eggbeater and a bowl filled with quarter notes. Complimentary Monster energy drinks refuel bodies throughout the night, and barkeeps will craft cocktails for those age 21 and older. In addition to flaunting saucy duds, go-go dancers will stop by to demonstrate how to cut a rug or mow a lawn with a cubic-zirconium navel ring.