The Builders & The Butchers

When: Fri., Nov. 2, 9:30 p.m. 2012


Junk-folk-punk-busk band the Builders and the Butchers came messily into this world on Halloween weekend of 2005, and tonight they celebrate seven years of clattering, stomping, hollering, and ringleading. Playing wooden instruments and found percussion—pieces of which would be handed out to audience members—the band initially performed as buskers outside of other venues without the help of any amplification. But as word grew, so did the crowds, and the Builders and the Butchers quickly vaulted their way to the top of Portland's must-see-band list. They're still as good as ever, thanks to their indefatigable live energy and guitarist/songwriter Ryan Sollee's expert songwriting, and local label Jealous Butcher is gracing us with a vinyl reissue of their great 2007 self-titled debut. Seeing Portland's homegrown version of a New Orleans funeral band inside the intimate LaurelThirst Public House is going to be undoubtedly exciting, and probably sweaty. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $12

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