I've done many posts and articles here in Portland on the underground rock and roll institution that many us will forever know as Dead Moon -- Fred Cole and wife Toody and their various incarnations as The Weeds, Lolipop Shoppe, The Rats, and currently Pierced Arrows.
And if it seems like pioneering rock-punk and soul in the Northwest always comes back to this dynamic duo there's a good reason. They embody independence, by refusing to play by anyone else's rules. They live simply and by works created with their own hands. They are the definition of DIY.
They embody raw soul. Three chords and the truth, as St. Strummer would say, and piped through a mono-cut record presser that reportedly put the NW music scene on the map with "Louie Louie." A scraggly but achingly strong voice slicing through the trees.
They embody endurance. Forty-five years of the life, kids and grandkids and a patch of Oregon land in Clackamas County.
And still as they return from their worldly conquests, they haunt the clubs of Portland, supporting the scene and having a beer with you like you're family.
On Thursday April 8 the Dill Pickle Club and PDX Pop Now! will be presenting part two of "NORTHWEST PASSAGE," the 3-part dinner lecture series examining the history of independent music in the NW, with "Echoes of the Past" about the Coles and a musical tribute by surprise local guests.
The Dill Pickle Club is a creative cultural center critiquing contemporary culture, politics and humanities in Portland and the Northwest.
The series takes place every second Thursday at the Waypost 7:30 PM -- 3120 N. Williams. The price of admission ($12 general public / $10 members) and includes a small home-cooked vegetarian meal.
Space is limited to 75 people. Tickets can be purchased online at: dillpickleclub.com, or at Mississippi Records and The Waypost.