Sadly - oh god how sadly - it's true. This morning I've decided to pull the plug on Out From The Shadows VI.
Messages will be going out soon to all the bands and vendors and sponsors but thought I'd blast it out to the wider public first. While OFTS would quite likely have fit under the 250 cap (though with band members, vendors, volunteers and staff it'd have been close), the choice to go forward nonetheless seemed irresponsible, if not foolishly reckless.
COVID-19 is more of a threat than most of us, myself included, have allowed ourselves to believe, a fact that's becoming clearer as the cases ramp up here in Oregon.
If it weren't for the fact that OFTS means so much to me (and, I believe, the darkness-loving community that attends ❤ ) I probably would have taken this step days ago. But I couldn't let go of the possibility. The possibility not just of seeing the bands but of the joy inherent. It's THAT that I want to thank you all for. The love in the room during OFTS is palpable and rare, and is in itself reason to soldier on. So please, don't consider this as anything but a temporary, involuntary setback. The event is canceled, but the joy is merely postponed.
We WILL make up for it, all of us together. Not to get all new-age about it, but please join me in making that promise to each other, and see you all down the road when all this stupid dust has settled.
Love to you all...
The High Water Mark
6800 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Portland, OR 97211
Taking place Halloween weekend, the 2nd annual Into The Shadows festival - yes, the sibling fest to April's Out From The Shadows - will this year serve a double function. At its core an event devoted to talent from the Pacific Northwest (including Alaska this year!), Into The Shadows II is also set to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of Year Zero, AKA 1979, which also happens to be the year your host flew to London just for the music (and OK, adventure, and penury, as it happened).
With that in mind, this year, topping each night's bill of regional artists, will be a 1979-based tribute band.
To wit, on Friday night, Nov 1st, Portland's incomparable Siouxsie band Bad Juju (feat. Max and Natalie from Vueltas and Eric from Miss Rayon), followed Saturday night by Seattle's amazing Joy Division band She's Lost Control.
Here's the lineup in full:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1st:
BAD JUJU (Siouxsie & the Banshees tribute band, Portland)
SOCIETY OF THE SILVER CROSS (Seattle, ex-Alien Crime Syndicate)
CLIFF & IVY (goth from Anchorage) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y66jsSgPfw
LIZARD SKIN (Portland)
PSYCHIC GUILT (Portland)
DRY WEDDING (Portland)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd:
SHE'S LOST CONTROL (Joy Division tribute band, Seattle)
DANCING PLAGUE (Portland)
SUFFERING FOR KISSES (Seattle)
DISCO VOLANTE (Portland)