Satyricon refuses to go quietly
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Features
Portland music club ends its tenure with a 'family' of bands
Portland's punk-infused, bone-rattlin' music club Satyricon plans a monthlong last hurrah in October as the venerable building makes way for a homeless center.
The club at 125 N.W. Sixth Ave., which was once famous for headbangin' good times, will be demolished so the nonprofit MacDonald Center can build a new service center and studio apartments for low-income residents.
It's a sad day for music enthusiasts, which include Ben Munat, a former musician, band manager and Satyricon booking agent. Munat organized 13 reunion concerts for the month of October.
'When I heard it was closing, I thought it'd be a nice way to say goodbye to it,' Munat says. 'I wanted old friends to come back and see everybody.
'I called all the bands, or people who used to be in the bands. Some people couldn't do it.'
The venue closes Oct. 31, the night of a final concert.
Since 1983, rock bands have played at Satyricon. It briefly closed from 2003 to 2006, but was resurrected. As the story goes, it was the place where late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain met his wife, Courtney Love, and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl played his first gig with the Foo Fighters there after Cobain's death in 1994.
'It's been different things for different people. It's always been an extended family for me,' Munat says. 'A family that was really into art and interesting outlooks on life. It was a club to see bands, but you knew certain people would be there.'
Acoustically the Satyricon wasn't always the best. 'Very echoey, hard to control feedback,' Munat adds. 'It's a very live room. When it was full, the people would soak up some of the sound.'
'Farewell Satyricon Shows' information and tickets can be found at www.farewellsatyricon.com. The lineup includes three Sunday cabarets, which the Satyricon was somewhat famous for - Oct. 3, 17 and 24.
The first week features:
• Oct. 3 ($8, all ages) - Heaven and Hell Cabaret (organized by Mark Ruibal), with 20-Foot Man, Doctor Amazon (members of Smegma), Tabasco Tim, Barbara Beymer, Perez and Roger Kasner (from Diva).
nOct. 6 ($5, all ages) - Boo Frog, Ghostrance, Slutty Hearts.
• Oct. 7 ($7, 21-over) - Molly Cliff, The Whirlees, Dimbulb, Sean Croghan (acoustic Crackerbash songs).
nOct. 9 ($10, all ages) - Big Daddy Meat Straw, Theatre of Sheep, Jagula (members of Hell Cows), Pinehurst Kids.
'The first week I tried to seek out different styles to cover styles of music that have been there,' Munat says. 'I'm really happy to get the bands from the 1980s (like Ghostrance and Theatre of Sheep).'
Other performers in October include: Fernando, Oct. 15; The Dandy Warhols, Oct. 16; Kleveland, Oct. 21; Pond, Oct. 23; Napalm Beach, Oct. 30.