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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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    YEAHDUDE @firkin tavern, the [Apr 26, 2014] » https://www.facebook.com/events/278096535683104
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    Adder @_touring band needs show [May 24, 2014] » I go by Adder. I'll be on the road with one other act named Spoken Nerd. We are both solo indie rap acts.I play instruments live as well as do electronic production, synths & samplers while I rap. Spoken Nerd plays bass live as well as triggers his own home brewed sounds. Spoken Nerd tends to perform a lot more…read the full comment
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    show-bot! @_touring band needs show [May 24, 2014] » hey Brian - i posted a help listing. ¤ Please update with artist names and anything else that may help score a spot. This listing can then be moved to wherever when it gets figured out. goodluck
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    Brian Adder @_touring band needs show [May 24, 2014] » Can anyone assist two touring DIY indie rappers with a space 5/24?
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    dan @megaton house, the [Apr 17, 2014] » Is the wednesday show not happening? Is Thou playing again on Thursday evening?? Thanks.
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    theamericandreamdustyrhodes @slabtown [Apr 12, 2014] » that was sweet. lots of fun, good bands, good sound, lots of nice people... I'm stoked that slabtown has such a good system running for all ages shows. hopefully more places in town will follow suit and open it up a bit to younger people.
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    theamericandreamdustyrhodes @slabtown [Apr 12, 2014] » partytime, daddy. let these clubs and bars out here know that all ages shows are good for business and one day, brother- one day we'll have enough clout to get the olcc out of the music scene in portland... that's the american dream, daddy... fucken rage'r.
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    BlaBLa @sc0wling house [Apr 12, 2014] » That's what I thought. Thanks!
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    bryan @sc0wling house [Apr 12, 2014] » yeah, its all ages always!
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    BlaBLa @sc0wling house [Apr 12, 2014] » All ages then? I know it says it on the thing, but this forum is sometimes wrong. Can anyone confirm?
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    show-bot! @origo distro [Apr 19, 2014] » what the shitty fucking shit is this fuck?
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    person @bing lounge, the [Apr 10, 2014] » You had me at 'free drinks'
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    show-bot! @star theater [Apr 06, 2014] » balls, the comment timestamp kind of suggests that you went under the wrong impression.. damn ass sorry if that's true! ¤ That's why we ask everybody to help keep the listings straight and up-to-date. I certainly (obviously?) can't get it 100% by my lonesome.
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    show-bot! @star theater [Apr 06, 2014] » wiki yo! ¤ update anything as needed.
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    Brian @star theater [Apr 06, 2014] » this had bad information... its a goth dj owen not the band!!! ¤
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    dielaughinghc RF7! East end!! Get there!! ¤
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    dielaughinghc Ready for a sick show @ Foggy Notion.. Music starts at 9 30pm. . And the bar tenders are pouring strong!
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    dielaughinghc Foggy notion tomorrow night sounds like a good time..yeabuddy
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    Matt @megaton house, the [Apr 17, 2014] » It is indeed on the 17th. There was some confusion due to the other show at Slabtown. Thanks for noticing.
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    @east end [May 03, 2014] » After some major miscommunication, it has been discovered that this show is not happening in April at all. It is in May. Saturday, May 3rd @ East End.
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    Nicole Leggett @alhambra theatre [Apr 05, 2014] » Sweet Show Sweet Cause!!!
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    @east end [May 03, 2014] » Noticed the RF7 show after I "cancelled" this one, though I was told this morning it would still be at East End. I dunno if they're letting us jump on the bill (seems unlikely given the number of bands on the RF7 show) or it's being moved to a new venue. Will post an update when I get the info. ¤
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    show-bot! @east end [May 03, 2014] » you can *reschedule* shows by picking a new date (you don't have to cancel ;) . ¤ Is this supposed to be happening at EastEnd still? The RF7 show is on sat and that should be a fair draw that i wouldn't expect to get bumped.
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    dielaughinghc Tonight, East End, 8pm, GO GO GO!!!
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    Ben @megaton house, the [Apr 17, 2014] » Thou's website says this show is on the 17th, but this looks like a pretty official flier. Which date is correct?
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    Ross CMR @bunk bar [Apr 04, 2014] » for $10 you bet i will be there. Cant beat amazing music plus the best sandwhiches in Portland under the same roof!
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