Backspace 10 Year Anniversary Party

Tiananmen Bear, Ten Foot Mouse, Fair Weather Watchers, , Miss Massive Snowflake, , Eirean Bradley, Johnny No Bueno, Robyn Bateman

When: Wed., July 3, 8 p.m. 2013

Half a year ago, things weren't looking too good for Backspace. The all-ages music venue and internet café was bombarded by an overwhelming variety of financial problems, including late-rent penalties and a pending lawsuit filed by music publishing mafia ASCAP for permitting cover songs and playing copyrighted material over the venue's PA. Thanks to a few successful benefit shows and countless generous donations, Backspace met their goal of $10,000 and are in the clear (for now)—and that's a really, really good thing. Backspace's role in the Portland music scene, as one of the only strictly all-ages venues in the city, is absolutely invaluable. Tonight's anniversary show consists of unruly booze-rock staples Tiananmen Bear, upstart hopefuls Ten Foot Mouse (whose lone single, "Papercut," sort of sounds like T. Rex), Eirean Bradley of the Portland Poetry Slam, and will be hosted by man-about-town/resident tastemaker/Backspace employee Arya Imig. Happy birthday Backspace, and hopefully many more. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $5-10

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