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Skummymen, old-school punks throw birthday bash tonight at Geno’s


Skummy Bob, along with The Skummymen, will headline tonight’s show at Geno’s — a birthday party for musician/show promoter Paul Simisky.


One of Portland’s most prolific party-throwers is throwing a party for himself.

Paul Simisky, who turned 38 yesterday, is hosting a birthday bash tonight at Geno’s featuring locals The Skummymen, Bostonians NoToX, Bangorians USA Waste, and Massholes The Grubs, who open the show at 9:45 p.m.

All of the bands adhere to “old-school, hardcore-punk style” and “most are veterans of the northern New England music scene,” Simisky said.

NoToX is a veteran of Boston’s most venerable punk venue. The band is a reformed version of Toxic Narcotic, “one of the great Rathskellar hardcore bands,” Simisky said.

Thee Icepicks

Paul Simisky

Simisky will also take the stage as “Skrappy” The Skummymen’s vocalist/bassist. The band — a side project of Skummy Bob (founder of Portland punk institution Big Meat Hammer) — is a “mix of rock and cow punk … influenced by GG Allin” and other “classic scum rock bands,” Simisky said.

Simisky is a huge supporter of the music scene in Portland — as a musician and a promoter. In 2014, Simisky organized about 30 shows and played about 60 in his surf-rock band Thee Icepicks. He said he draws inspiration from fellow show promoter/musician Robin Kangol Fila (née Goodhue).

“I do it because, as my good friend Robin says, you make your town the music scene you want it to be.”

6 bucks. 625 Congress St.

Set times:
The Grubs: 9:45 – 10:20
USA Waste: 10:20 – 11:10
NOTOX: 11:10 – 12:10
The Skummymen: 12:10

2 comments on “Skummymen, old-school punks throw birthday bash tonight at Geno’s

  1. Jeremy
    January 30, 2015

    Who’s playing a Geno’s tomorrow night & next weekend?

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This entry was posted on January 30, 2015 by in From away, Geno's Rock Club, Local, Paul Simisky, Show preview, Shows, The Skummymen.


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