R.I.P.:Raul Ugalde, 30, frontman of Portland band Caguama,died Friday of undisclosed causes. Caguama’s music, a blend of cumbia and rock and roll, was unique among local bands. The group seemed to have unlimited appeal, even as it refined its sound with each passing show. This is more than the end of a talented band, of course, and our thoughts are with Uganda’s family, friends and bandmates. His funeral will be held in Ontario, Ore., on Thursday, and a Portland memorial will be announced soon. A fund to assist Ugalde’s family in paying for funeral expenses and other costs is in the works.
MEZCAL LOVERS, UNITE! Bartenders and boozehounds marched across the Pearl District last Friday to protest the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s treatment of “high-quality agave spirits” as part of Portland Cocktail Week. The tongue-in-cheek event, dubbed “March for Mezcal,” was sponsored by Ilegal Mezcal, whose product has been denied entry to the state by the OLCC. Although other brands are available here, bartenders claim most can only be obtained through a costly “special-order” process, and supplies are regularly low. Protesters carried placards reading “Free Agave” and “Keep Your Laws Off My Liquor, ” stopping at the Teardrop Lounge for mezcal, chanting outside Powell’s, and concluding at Clyde Common for a drink. Although many onlookers appeared to mistake the pictures of agave plants for marijuana leaves—one cheering, “Yes on 74!”—the protest did catch the attention of the OLCC, which repeatedly tweeted “OLCC is not blocking mezcal. You can get several kinds at liquor stores” throughout the event.
GIVE ROCK: We’re kicking off our sixth Give!Guide with a giant party (Portlanders raised more than $900,000 for local nonprofits through the guide last year). WW has teamed up with Young Professionals of Portland to present Give! It Up PDX! featuring the city’s Robert Palmer cover band/supergroup Heavy Nova and pop band BOAT. So go dance and learn more about dozens of fabulous local nonprofits simultaneously. The 2010 Give!Guide will be inserted into Nov. 10 copies of WW.Give! It Up PDX! at Left Bank Annex, 101 N Weidler St. 7 pm Thursday, Nov. 11. $10. 21+. All proceeds will go to participating nonprofits. Tickets at wweek.com/store. Advance ticket purchase will include a free TriMet ticket.
ECO-GOBBLE: How can you make your Thanksgiving just that much more Portland-y? How about having your vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free turkey delivered to market by bike? That’s what’ll happen if you order a gobbler from Whole Foods Market on East Burnside Street. Apparently, instead of sticking its holiday birds in a diesel-powered trailer, the store is storing turkeys at B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery’s warehouse. “As customers place their holiday orders, their turkeys are pedaled over to the store on one of B-Line’s electric-assist cargo trikes,” explains Whole Foods. Double points if you make them trike over a vegan loaf.