The Plastic Ono Band Tribute: Old Age, Fanno Creek, the We Shared Milk
3939 N Mississippi Ave.
[WORKING-CLASS HERO WORSHIP] Ready for a shocking statement? Plastic Ono Band is better than anything John Lennon did with the Beatles. To me, anyway. And that’s a crucial distinction. The Fab Four preoccupied itself with speaking for a generation and defining the zeitgeist of the ’60s, and when Lennon left the group construct in 1970, he truly went solo, making a record only for himself and those willing to abandon the hippie utopian dream and travel with him to some deep, dark, alarmingly personal places. Famously inspired by primal scream therapy, the album is more visceral, frightening and straight-up exhilarating than the Beatles could dare to go, even at their most experimental. No wonder so many Portland artists admire it. Here, three of the city’s rising bands—Fanno Creek, the We Shared Milk and Old Age (who are technically from Corvallis, but close enough)—pay tribute to the record by coming together to perform it in full, along with other Lennon material. Done right, everyone should be coughing up blood afterward.
Where: Mississippi Studios
Address: 3939 N Mississippi Ave.