“This was our ‘farewell’ performance at a truck-stop bar in North Portland. After the band’s five-year run, I was leaving Portland to return to Austin, Texas. The somewhat straight-laced regular crowd at the bar was very receptive as we launched into our set of Southern gospel standards, but was less impressed, some even outraged, as we transitioned into our more profane, borderline blasphemous dipsomaniacal drinking hymns. Thankfully, our faithful congregation started arriving as the regulars began to revolt. After two long sets, a whiskey communion, multiple aborted brawls and a raucous finale, we had garnered a record number of complaints to the management, and the closing band decided they’d rather just drink at the bar than follow us onto the stage. Hands down, the most fun I’ve ever had playing live. I’m thrilled to be back in town and playing gigs, and this show will be the benchmark by which I’ll gauge any future endeavors. Hallelujah, holy shit.” —Rev. Michael Sean Cummins, the Git-Rights’ singer-guitarist-proselytizer.
SEE IT: The Git-Rights Gospel Revue plays Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick St., 285-3718, on Sunday, March 31. 5 pm. Free. 21+.