PORTLAND, Ore. -- It comes sooner every year. No, not my climbing birthday, the SLABTOWN BENDER! It's three days and nights of blistering, raw garage rock in Northwest Portland.
Many veterans can still make it through three days, of which I am likely one, but we've been standing shaking our heads next to Marshall stacks for more than ten years now and we're Professionals, so try to pace yourself.
Be sure and stock up on merch too, the recorded music isn't paying the bills too much anymore these days, so live gigs are survival for bands.
Sunday night's headliners, crusty hero-garage gods Pierced Arrows have also just released their second full-length disc, so buy Fred, Toody and Kelly a round while you grab a copy and pay your respects.
Night 1, Friday:
Howie & the Hot Knives
King Louie and the Missing Monuments
Sir Lord von Raven
Shannon & the Clams
Sons of Bitches
Pure Country Gold
"Menu of Disaster": Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw $9; Four Tacos $5; Onion Rings $5; Chicken Fingers $5; Chicken Fingers and French Fries $6; French Fries $4; Chili $4; Chili Dog $4; Hotdog $2.50; Chicken Noodle Soup $4