The End of Backspace as We Know It

The Portland all-ages music institution is ceasing live performances, still searching for new location.


Backspace's tenure in Old Town is coming to an end. The oft-beleaguered all-ages music venue, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in July, will cease all live performances after throwing a Halloween party on Oct. 31. It will remain open as a coffee shop temporarily, according to owner Eric Robison. In September, Willamette Week reported that Robison was looking to relocate the club to ...   More
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: The Blur Offense of Gossip.

NEW ’SPACE AGE: Backspace, Portland’s longest-running all-ages music venue, is looking to move from its 10-year Old Town location. Owner Eric Robison says “if all the stars align right,” the   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Flashback: Backspace

Music Stories
For its first four years, Backspace was just a tiny Old Town coffee shop frequented primarily by Internet gamers. Then, in November 2007, the Thermals asked to play a free show there. We asked o   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Scoop: Backspace Space Safe

Gossip with the guts to go pro.

SAVING SPACE: Our great local nightmare is over, and it didn’t even take a dramatic last-minute twist. Last month, Backspace—Portland’s only all-ages music venue—appeared to be on the ve   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 WW Culture Staff

The New Year's Eve Diaries

How we welcomed 2013. Naturally, it involved the Dandy Warhols and cheese fries.

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Garry Marshall lied to us. New Year's Eve is not a magical evening. No one gets stuck in an elevator with Ashton Kutcher. Robert de Niro's dying wish is not to watch the Times Square ball drop one final time. No one wants to make out with Katherine Heigl. It's nothing but an excuse for public intoxication and screaming and then, inevitably, crying. And here in Portland, we get the extra special bonus ...   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Kickstart My Heart: Get Backspace's Back

Or should that be Gogo Gadget Fundraiser? Anyway: Help save Portland's all-ages institution!


It sounds like the plot to a Step It Up sequel: Backspace—the last remaining Portland all-ages music venue that, after nine-plus years in business, could conceivably be called a local institution—must raise $10,000 by early January or face eviction. According to club owner Eric Robison, the investment company that owns the building, Technology Arts Block LLC, has continually ...   More
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: Backspace’s Back Rent on Space

Gossip wishing you a merry figgy Christmas.

NEW SALT: The Grain & Gristle crew has a massive project in the works in the Concordia neighborhood. The group has applied for a liquor license at what is currently a 5,800-square-foot offic   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Old Town Block Party is This Saturday (Bonus: Another Leak from Lovers!)

Ah, the Old Town: Portland's melting-pot of vagrants, geeks, frat boys, strippers and rockers. Join them all this Saturday for the second annual Old Town Block Party, in that parking lot over the road from Backspace and Davis Street Tavern, for a day of eating, drinking and dancing for a good cause. Last year, over 3,000 people showed up to help re-erect the (heh) "Hung Far Low" sign. This year, ...   More
Thursday, August 26, 2010 RUTH BROWN

MusicfestNW Poster Art Show Tonight at Backspace

WW's own MusicfestNW 2010 takes over the city Sept. 8-12. But we're giving you an eyeball full of the local art created for Musicfest's posters tonight at Backspace. Stop by to goggle at posters from artists like Mike King (The Decemberists) and Guy Burwell (Justin Townes Earle) and many others. Plus, nab one of a limited number of 2010 MusicfestNW compilation CDs—featuring 22 of the bands ...   More
Thursday, August 5, 2010 KELLY CLARKE


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