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115 NW 5th Ave., Portland, OR[ downtown ]

Aside from being simply the best coffee house in the region, Backspace is also Portland's premier music venue for all ages shows. We merge art, music, technology, and excellence in food and beverage into a thriving community of people that you want to meet. Poised in the center of Old Town, off of the MAX Green and Yellow lines, Backspace was constructed to be the ultimate Third Space. Hone your micro, play pool with friends, hear an amazing local band, discover our delicious menu, or just hang out with friends over beers and board games. If you have not visited Backspace before, you will be impressed by our professionalism, our distinctiveness, and the depth of our community.     Last Updated:12/19/2012

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115 NW 5th Ave.     Portland, OR


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    PC-PDX
    Feb 13 2008 0
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    The OLCC and the Future of -ALL AGES- Shows.

    IMPORTANT OLCC INFO!. Support the OLCC’s plans to allow music venues to admit people under 21 by writing an email before Friday, March 7, 2008.. Visit PDX POP NOW! and find everything you need to support this issue and make a difference. pc-pdx's summary: Remember the OLCC letter witting campaign from last fall and the possibility of opening up some of the venues to be able to serve the All Ages music community?. Well it failed with a vote of 3-2 against accepting the amendments that would allow for such a change.

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    pc-dpx
    Aug 29 2008 2
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    Summerfector : Punk as Fuck

    Today kicks off the Defectors Summerfector madness.. This is a series of shows happening over the next four days at locations all over town, mostly all-ages.. What really makes this a bad ass fest is that there are two generator shows happening.. One at Burnside Skate park on Sunday and another one at Overlook Park in NE complete with all the legal premits for both noise and booze.

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    pc-pdx
    Sep 08 2008 5
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    MFNW : An Intimate Evening with Mirah

    The woman makes me swoon -laugh, cry, love, all of it, in all the best ways.. Mirah melts me.. As much as i love her and as much as my life has been based around going to shows, i've never managed to see her.. It's not that i haven’t been trying, believe me, i have.

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    sachiko
    Oct 25 2008 1
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    Groadie in Pink-- JonnyX and the Groadies

    The two local bands in this line-up were amazing, but since I am probably going to blog about them again in the future, I am going to stick to the touring band, The Usaisamonster.. Not at all the metal-centric dirge fest that I was expecting (especially on this bill- no offense, JXATG and TBTSYW). The Usaisamonster has a much more psychedelic feel- quiet, almost pop-y vocal harmonies in the darker sounding minor keys and synth/keyboard parts that weave into with the rest of the arrangement to make it sound real dream-y.. Really good, really different than what I had expected, which almost always is nice.

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    pc-pdx
    Feb 26 2009 0
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    HS Bands - Your Chance to play the Crystal Ballroom

    Yo High Schoolers - here's your chance to play in front of the big 3 music editors and some of the heavy weight personality's that fuel the scene.. Top prize gets to play the Crystal Ballroom.. April 10th is a High School Battle of the Bands at Backspace.. Fill out an application online and play with Boy Eats Drum Machine and the holy-crap-amazing So So Glos(!).Battle of the Bands are most of the time, well, dumb.

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    Rocky
    Mar 01 2009 5
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    The End of The Hush - Shutdown!

    last night the inevitable happened, 5 cops, 1 olcc rep, and 2 fire marshals stopped the show and let us know that we were to have no more shows until we have a permit.. Here's the reason we don't have one to begin with: due to the fact that the performance hall is three stories up we would be given a capacity of LESS THAN 49 INCLUDING PERFORMERS AND STAFF.That's not a lot of people. you can see why it was not appealing for us to go legit.so now I have a hand full of shows that I need your help in placing.I've contacted the artistery, the wail, backspace, disjecta and worksound about taking some bills, is there anywhere i've left out?all in all, I want to continue to work with the music community in making it the raddest it can be, there are so many amazing bands in portland right now and we have all been doing our part in supporting that. lets keep working together in harnessing that, whether it be attending a show, spreading the word about a band you really like and buying their albums, throwing sweaty house shows for new up and coming bands, or simply telling someone their art is awesome and worth appreciating, every little bit helps.& thank you all for sharing the excitement with me about the bands and shows HUSH has had.. See you around.<3 Rockyp.s.- anyone know of any good warehouses for rent?. HUSH the sequel maybe?

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    surrealistfish76
    Mar 24 2009 2
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    No.Fest Invite to Bands, Artists, music lovers...

    Dear KBOO members, supporters and No-Fest Enthusiasts, This is your call to action!. My name is Jennifer Kemp and I’m the volunteer coordinator for No-Fest, St.. John’s one and only free all ages experimental music festival.. This is only the second year of No-Fest, but last year’s festival was a smashing success with artists like Evolutionary Jass Band, White Rainbow and Eternal Tapestry stirring up the crowd.

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    pc-pdx
    Mar 27 2009 3
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    The So So Glos Postpone Portland for Prague and Poland

    One of our favorite bands, The So So Glos, have scored a sweet European tour with ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.. Sweet deal for them, though that means Portland will have to wait a few more months before the return of these crowd favorites.These guys are pc-pdx crew favorites and are just flatt out hott shit!. Since their first trip to Portland back in November of 2007, these five guys have consistently impressed with their killer shows.. If you've never experienced the magic, do yourself a favor and check them out.

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    Bad Times
    Oct 14 2009 0
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    I dig Frank's costume.

    Is that a drum on his head?. Video of Benjamin Franklin Freeman @ Backspace - October 13th, 2009

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    Notorious Kelly
    Nov 23 2009 23
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    The Ultimate Open Mic List for Oregon and Vancouver

    You've got a song, a poem, a joke, or something - we wanna HEAR it!A skit, an act, part of a movie or play that you like - we wanna SEE it!No matter what you've got, there's a place on this list to PERFORM it!I promise we will applaud no matter what.. May lead to bigger things: paying gigs,collaborations with other artists - who KNOWS?!?Maybe you're not a performer, but just want to witness some of the most creative,intelligent and beautiful people on the planet.Well, without an audience, it's just rehearsal.. It isn't a show without YOU!Come be a part of it!Open mics and jams come and go regularly, so it's a good idea to call and confirmdetails before attending one for the first time.. Please let me know of any additions/deletions/corrections.Now - COME SHOW US YOUR STUFF!(Open Mic tips at the end)ALL AGES Open Mics in Portland 21+ OPEN MICS ARE BELOW THESE as well as OutsidePortland and Non-weekly listingsMONDAYTwin Paradox coffee house 8609 SE 17th Ave Sellwood (503) 232-8202 sign up 6:45pm Show 7 pm Intimate neighborhood gathering.

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    pc-pdx
    Dec 23 2009 8
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    The "Super Awesome Contest" Contest, Win an Army Of Darkness dvd, a Useless State Records prize pack and Cereal!

    .prize li{padding-bottom:5px;} We're finishing up the year with a count the jellybeans stylee` contest.. The Winner gets STUFF!. Useless State Records Prize Pack!. The Taxpayers Discography + a live DVD! the Atomic Butter Babes Discography!

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    Bad Times
    Oct 09 2010 5
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    AIDS Wolf @ Backspace

    There's no description available but you should check out the video anyhow...

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    pc-pdx
    Jan 04 2011 3
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    PDX Pop Now! Accepting Submissions for 2011 Comp

    PDX Pop Now! -- Portland's premier DIY music festival, compilation and music advocacy organization - has begun accepting submissions for its 2011 compilation.. Submissions can be made online at www.pdxpopnow.org and will be accepted through February 28, 2011.PDX Pop Now! is excited to announce the launch of its new website which features new design, photos, outreach information, historical background on the organization, and many different ways to get involved.. PDX Pop Now! will be holding its first 2011 volunteer meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 7-9 p.m. at Backspace.. At the meeting volunteers can apply for the booking committee, sign up to be on the compilation listening, marketing and fundraising committees or to volunteer at the festival.

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    pc-pdx
    Nov 23 2011 4
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    PC-PDX Benefit This Friday @ Backspace!

    Hey Look!. Awesome people rounded up an awesome line-up and are throwing the show-guide a benefit show at backspace this friday. "...it's a valuable tool that has benefited the city, us haphazard bands, and clueless fans without the cliquey barrier so many feel is necessary to be cool."Thanks guys!. WE'LL SEE EVERYBODY IN PORTLAND THERE ON FRIDAY.

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    pc-pdx
    Apr 08 2012 2
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    James is a Homosexual

    It's not often that you knowingly get to be a part in one of the most amazing and powerful moments of a persons life - and i'm not just talking about the man with the mic.. What we all got to be a part of tonight at The Gathering was obsurd and outstanding.. There were, most certainly, a few people at Backspace tonight who felt (at least the beginning of) a huge weight lifted off them and their lives are all that much better for it.Goofpunx is friends, Goofpunx is family.Goofpunx recognize courage and conviction and turn life into beauty.. I love all you motherfukers!Please continue to support each other and embrace everybody for who they are and all the good inside of them.

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    pc-pdx
    Aug 29 2012 4
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    The Shape of Punk to Come has a $50 price tag

    One of my favorite bands of all time is playing in town tonight and i feel it is my obligation to boycott.I don't think i could actually bear to see Refused.. The Shape of Punk to Come is one of the best, most solid albums ever released and it never got the justice it deserved with the bands sudden breakup. -That was 15 years ago though.. What if i did actually see this show and it sucked?. I don't know if i could handle that.

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    pc-pdx
    Dec 17 2012 1
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    SAVE BACKSPACE! throw down for a bad ass ALL-AGES venue.

    we jacked the following from http://www.indiegogo.com/savebackspace and suggest that you go there and make a donation or, if you personally can't, tell a friend who can afford to make a donation and save one of portlands last ALL-AGES music venues and all-around baddass space!Backspace is in Trouble.Regardless of the role Backspace plays, and that Backspace would like to continue to give to the people of Portland, we have basically been told by the landlord that if we can't come up with $10,000, by the 1st of January, that we will be thrown out.. This means we would no longer be able to play a pivotal role in being a community space for the people of Portland.. We wouldn't be able to house benefits for local non-profits.. We wouldn't be able to give bands an all-ages venue to play in.

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    MELT-BANANA + TORCHE + HOUSE OF LIGHTNING (FL) + NASALROD! @dante's [Jul 02, 2015] » THURSDAY! First come First serve! Doors at 8, arrive EARLY to ensure entry and to see NASALROD kick it off at 9pm SHARP!!!
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    MELT-BANANA + TORCHE + House of Lightning (FL) + NASALROD! @dante's [Jul 02, 2015] » This madness is next week! WHOA! https://www.facebook.com/events/773849222734063/
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    fuggingolliwog @darkplace [Jun 28, 2015] » Bitchin. Can any good sirs or madams hit me up with a location?
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    MIke @anarres infoshop [Jun 20, 2015] » This will be a rad benefit show! come support and get some great baked goods and music a plenty
    -6/16/2015 10:25:24 AM
    Tony @bunk bar [Jul 04, 2015] » Bunk Beach is back! We're closing down the street for another FREE + ALL AGES 4th of July festival. This year, Walter TV headlines. More bands will be announced soon.
    -6/15/2015 11:26:02 PM
    Agit @mississippi studios [Jul 08, 2015] » Sold Out!
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    @brass tacks sandwiches [Jun 14, 2015] » Thanks
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    Fag @star theater [Jun 10, 2015] » Gay
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    Rob Berger @bunk bar [Jun 20, 2015] » These guys are SICK live!!
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    dash @goat haus [Jun 10, 2015] » evolve is awesome. highly reccomended
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    MELT-BANANA + TORCHE + House of Lightning (FL) + NASALROD! @dante's [Jul 02, 2015] » NASALROD is honored to be a part of this SICK line-up on THURS JULY 2nd at Dante's! FB event here! https://www.facebook.com/events/773849222734063/
    -6/6/2015 12:53:27 PM
    Danny Norton @backstage bar [Jun 02, 2015] » Cancelled due to projector failure
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    ryan @know, the [Jun 10, 2015] » Austin's infamous lezzie punkster rockers are cutting loose for reunion shows in Portland and Eugene celebrating our 30th anniversary (1985 to NOW). Catch a show before we come and die.
    -6/2/2015 4:27:13 PM
    mac @know, the [Jun 01, 2015] » this show is at THE KNOW and alien boy is playing as well!!!! what is a tardis room? where is this place even???? go to the know if you want to see Dogbreth, PS-AX or Alien Boy!
    -5/31/2015 5:13:13 PM
    dude guyovich @panic room (tonic lounge) [May 30, 2015] » The fact you put an emoji in your reply, makes me think it's a pretty good thing they switched venues.
    -5/29/2015 7:17:48 PM
    Agit @know, the [May 29, 2015] » Is this the St. Louis band?
    -5/29/2015 5:42:32 PM
    mike @booba booza [May 29, 2015] » tomorrow!
    -5/28/2015 2:05:53 PM
    show-bot! @anarres infoshop [May 27, 2015] » This post is legit and happening today : don't be scurred! ¤ The flyers for the 23rd and 27th were switched but the posts are cool and still crackin
    -5/27/2015 2:19:09 PM
    Jimmy Armstrong @panic room (tonic lounge) [May 30, 2015] » Nah..no baby whining here,well maybe a little. Just irritated with how unprofessional the agent and the band was. It's fitting they play at the Panic Room. Hope they make more than the 150 from the door the venue is going to take😊
    -5/27/2015 12:26:15 AM
    YEAHDUDE @mississippi studios [Jun 02, 2015] » RSVP for $3 tix- http://bit.ly/JuneRBSS
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    Tony @bunk bar [May 24, 2015] » Are you a really dumb person whose brains are made of shit? ¤ ¤ If you answered no, then you must be one of the many amazing people who are going to see Ed Schrader's Music Beat tonight at Bunk Bar. That said, if you do not go to see Ed Schrader's Music Beat, maybe we can't automatically assume that…read the full comment
    -5/24/2015 11:30:58 AM
    Gregg @alberta aquarium [May 23, 2015] » Hey where the fuck is this at? sOme0ne help me? 9097062626 text me or something fun
    -5/23/2015 8:35:22 PM
    mike @booba booza [May 29, 2015] » this will be a sweet mix of folk and punk. come out and support local and touring musicians and have fun in a back yard filled with fun.
    -5/23/2015 12:24:17 PM
    dude guyovich @panic room (tonic lounge) [May 30, 2015] » Jimmy Armstrong is just being a little whinny baby about a venue change.
    -5/23/2015 11:49:18 AM
    Polst @know, the [May 24, 2015] » AND HIGH PRAISE! duh.
    -5/22/2015 2:38:47 PM
    Polst @know, the [May 24, 2015] » Unfortunately Polst had to cancel for this show due to out of town job stuff for one of us. Go see Uncool Niece, it is 2/3 Tyrants and 1/3 Bobby Peru and they rule! Plus NEEDS.
    -5/22/2015 2:36:51 PM
    show-bot! @panic room (tonic lounge) [May 30, 2015] » I reverted the 'Canceled' flag on this one - thanks for keeping it updated
    -5/21/2015 2:55:18 PM
    Some guy @panic room (tonic lounge) [May 30, 2015] » The show is definitely still on, not sure who edited/created that last message
    -5/21/2015 2:50:15 PM
    the address or the map?
    -5/18/2015 4:33:41 PM
    Hunter the address u have for revolution hall is incorrect. just a heads up
    -5/18/2015 4:31:27 PM
    show-bot! @panic room (tonic lounge) [May 30, 2015] » "Changed date and venue without notice. Please do not support this show" ¤ --what does this mean? Do the touring bands need a place to play now?
    -5/18/2015 2:21:08 PM
    andycigarettes Slow Screams shares the stage tonight with the excellent B-Lines from BC, Tyrants and Denizens! 8pm, see you there.
    -5/16/2015 2:53:18 PM
    Grif Bamaisin @plews brews [May 16, 2015] » I always have a great time when I play here. Good Beer, Good Food, Good Vibe
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    dash @kenton club [May 21, 2015] » tweakin like matty? nice.
    -5/14/2015 7:14:47 PM
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