A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
This weekend serves as a (possible) swan song for two venues in Portland.
On Saturday, there are back-to-back shows scheduled at [redacted] and Grime Studios — well-regarded venues that are both in transition from their current locations to … somewhere else.
In the case of [redacted] — a basement venue at, well, [redacted] — the management kindly asked that we keep mum on the details for fear of blowing up the spot with our legions (dozens?) of followers. That show, if you know where to look, features performances by Swarmlord, Brother Terry, Nandas, Never Relaxed and Mugwort. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m., just in time to catch the tail end of the next show at Grime.
This will be the first performance by Waranimal since they played Space Gallery late last year. Wastelander, from Michigan, plays “atomic black rock ‘n’ roll,” according to their Facebook page. Superorder opens; Waranimal closes.
Grime Studios, which will eventually be demolished to make way for a hotel, was recently granted an extension on its lease until at least Nov. 1, according to Justin Curtsinger, Grime’s operator. For several months, Curtsinger has been trying to find a suitable new location to house its rehearsal spaces and intermittent performances. A nearby rehearsal space, Paw Palace, has already been destroyed to make room for a multi-million-dollar development on Thompson’s Point — plans that also include a circus college.
Curtsinger said on Friday that three prospective locations have fallen through, but he’s optimistic about a new option that’s in play. Curtsinger couldn’t discuss details, but, if it goes through, the space would be within 2 or 3 miles of the peninsula.
Saturday’s show might be the last at Grime Studios, but it’s too soon to know for certain, Curtsinger said.
A suggested donation of $5 to $10 goes toward the build-out and soundproofing of the new location, when it’s found. (A portion of the proceeds go toward gas money for Wastelander.)
If you want to make Saturday a truly epic musical adventure, you could see back-to-back-to-back shows, beginning at 3 p.m. in Congress Square Park where Sunset Hearts, Purse, Fur, Perfect Hair and Hopeless Losers are scheduled to appear.