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Portland 90s music venues remembered: Satyricon

Portland Satyricon
Portland Satyricon
Daren C Hoffman

“Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be.” Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, expressed these words to the outcasts of the early 90’s, granting them acceptance.

Portland was a second home to the Seattle Grunge era, with plenty of open stages and welcoming crowds.

Portland Venues have come and gone over the years. In the early 90’s, La Luna, Xray café, and Satyricon were popular alternatives to see a live show outside of the pop culture world.

The vibe of the crowds carried over a raw, organic energy from the music of the 1980’s. The grunge scene was in full swing, and bands like Hole, Heatmiser, and Dead Moon took the stage.

These clubs offered sanctuary to those who preferred their music faster and louder, distorted and often even unplugged. A meeting place for misfits, freaks, and blue haired teens.

While pop artists like Color Me Badd, En Vogue, and TLC dominated the FM airwaves, the AM radio supplied a different kind of sound. As the 90s wore on, and the year 2000 approached, many of these venues were already gone. However, the Satyricon stayed in business much longer. The final weekend in October 2010 was sponsored by Sailor Jerry.

There was a huge Barbecue, and several popular Portland bands were featured. Everyone shared stories about the shows they had seen, and the memories they had of the venue. The bands played their hearts out, the crowd went crazy, and then Satyricon closed it's doors forever.

Now days, there are still many establishments in Portland that embody the same spirit as its predecessors. You can get your indie music fix at places like Star Bar, East End, The Know, and Mississippi Studios. Portland will always love the underground music scene.

Follow me Lauren Jewels Portland Music Entertainment

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