Friday, April 17, 2009

Port City Music Hall 4.15 - Portland Phoenix Best of '09

The Port City Music Hall hosted a sold out show on Wednesday, honoring the winners of the Portland Phoenix Best of '09 Readers' Poll. The night also featured some great live music, with Eternal Otter Records' own Lady Lamb the Beekeeper kicking off the night. It was great to watch them rock out in front of a huge audience, and I especially loved their electrified version of "Antique Shop". They ended the set with their new epic "You're Turning Violet, Violet Clementine" - you can watch some of that footage below (dig the smoke machine):

As for the awards portion of the night, Tower of Song was nominated for "Best Public Event", and we were announced as the category winner. However, this turned to out to be a mix up- we had, in fact, won an Editors' Choice Award for "Best Tribute to Leonard Cohen". Although we were a little disappointed at first, we're ultimately thankful for the very nice write-up, which you can read here.

The event ended with Spencer & The School Spirit Mafia, a color-coordinate ten person band, taking the stage with a cover of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". They then sang, trumpeted, and jammed through a number of awesome songs that will apparently be released on an upcoming debut album. It was a great performance! And one more thing... they'll be headlining The Tower of Song Festival on May 23rd! The full line-up will be announced very soon.

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