Lisa Lepine, a longtime Portland booking agent, promoter and band consultant, has died. She was 58.
According to Oregon Music News, Lepine developed an infection following surgery for uterine cancer. She was taken off life support Tuesday.
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Lepine, who referred to herself as "the Promotion Queen," was an Oregon music fixture in various capacities for more than 30 years after moving to Portland from Vermont. She managed the folk duo of Tracy Grammer and Dave Carter, booked national tours for several artists and helped cultivate the roots music scene that coalesced around the Laurelthirst Pub in the '90s.
"Lisa has always been one of the biggest supporters of any musical adventure I have ever set out on," Laurelthirst fixture Lewi Longmire wrote on Facebook. "Nothing but encouragement and love for music from her, ever. Nary a discouraging word about anyone. I'm confused and sad."
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Promoter Anthony Sanchez of Runaway Productions recalled how simply knowing Lepine helped him break into the Portland scene:
A memorial is scheduled for 7 pm tonight at Kennedy School. Attendees are encouraged to bring instruments.