SCHOOLâS OUT: Even Portlandâs architecture is screwing with hip-hop shows now. On April 13, a concert by Schoolboy Q at the Crystal Ballroom ended about 20 minutes into the L.A. rapperâs headlining set after venue staff noticed a crack in a structural beam. The building was evacuated around 11:20 pm, sending 1,200 to 1,500 concertgoers onto West Burnside Street. âPortland 2 rowdy,â Schoolboy Q tweeted afterward, also noting that âriot policeâ were surrounding his tour bus. (Cops were called to the scene to assist with crowd dispersal. No arrests were made.) Refunds are being offered to all ticket holders. The damaged beam, which runs across the ceiling at Lolaâs Room below the main floor, has been temporarily reinforced, and no upcoming shows are expected to be canceled, says Mike Walker, a marketing coordinator for McMenamins. As for any conspiracy theories, Walker says itâs âjust a coincidenceâ that this occurred at a rap show. âItâs not the music that made this happen,â he says.
LANGANO LOUNGE: Ethiopian indie-rock party bar Langano Lounge, beneath Jarraâs Ethiopian Restaurant at 1435 SE Hawthorne Blvd., will close in May to make room for apartments. Langano plans to throw a series of farewell parties May 1-3 that may include reunited incarnations of Portland bands Hawkeye and 1776. Habesha, Portlandâs other Ethiopian restaurant/music venue, continues apace. >> New Portland Rose, which writer and musician Willy Vlautin called âthe greatest Bukowski barâ in St. Johns, looks to be getting a new owner from just down North Lombard Street. Laurie Brekken, director of Mock Crest Tavern, has applied for a liquor license to take over stewardship of the Rose.
MILLENNIAL MOULD: Bob Mould is filming another music video in Portland, this time with a scene at old-guard music store Music Millennium on April 18 and 19. Local director Alicia J. Rose says store owner Terry Currier and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster will appear in the clip with the former HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ frontman. âI donât want to give too much away, but there will be some hilarious commentary vis-Ã -vis a story about the power of hype and the death of the record store by technology/Internet,â Rose tells Scoop. Extras were asked in a limited casting call to âimagine lining up for a magically hyped âhi-tech item that could change your life,â tailgate style.â Rose filmed a previous music video with Mould in Portland, âThe Descent,â in 2012.
NEWLIBRARY: A new TV series called The Librarians will shoot in Portland, TNT confirmed last week. Dean Devlin, well known in local film circles for having filmed Leverage in Portland, serves as executive producer, along with Noah Wyle. As in the TV movie franchise on which itâs based, Wyle will play the head honcho of a mysterious cadre of librarians responsible for safeguarding mystical artifacts and generally protecting the world from supernatural threats. Christian Kane, having shorn his long mane from Leverage, will play a preternaturally brilliant Oklahoma oil worker/art-history savant, with Rebecca Romijn also starring. The series is set to air late this year.