Hear Nirvana Play Satyricon 25 Years Ago

Audio of a set from the night Kurt met Courtney has surfaced on YouTube.


Of all the glorious shit-holes that have existed in Portland, Satyricon is certainly the most hallowed. The Old Town punk club is among the most iconic venues on the entire West Coast, nurturing the Pacific Northwest rock scene that would eventually take over the world in the early '90s—Nirvana included.  Kurt Cobain and co. played Satyricon several times in their pre-megastardom days, but ...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

One Day in March 1984: Local punk promoters, desperate for any venue, beg the owner of a just-opened Northwest Portland bar to let a few bands play inside...

40th Anniversary
As told by Ed Jones, the original booker at Satyricon, the legendary Portland club where Kurt met Courtney and where Foo Fighters played their first show: “Portland was in a recession in the   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

An (Alternate) Oral History of Satyricon

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When legendary Portland punk club Satyricon closed its doors in 2010, Willamette Week published a massive oral history on the venue titled "I Think I Was There." But there was another oral history, compiled by longtime WW contributor Jay Horton, that was meant to be handed out to the crowd at the club's final show. For various reasons, it was never issued. In anticipation of the documentary Satyricon: ...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 JAY HORTON

Satyricon: Madness And Glory Wednesday, Oct. 16

Portland’s punk palace gets immortalized on film.

Music Stories
In 1983, a magical shithole opened on Northwest 6th Avenue in Old Town. In the 27 years that followed, Satyricon grew into Portland’s CBGB, an epicenter for freaks and art-damaged weirdos of a   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

I Think I Was There

An oral history of Satyricon.

Cover Story
In 1983, Portland’s Chinatown was, by all accounts, a real shithole. Peppered with empty lots, boarded-up storefronts and dealers pushing cocaine and heroin as casually as a grocery store clerk might ask “paper or plastic?”—it was a part of town best avoided altogether. It was in the heart of this dubious neighborhood that George Touhouliotis, a 36-year-old Greek immigrant and former cab driver with a fondness for poetry and rebellious youth culture, opened an equally dirty bar called Satyricon...   More

A New Role for Satyricon's Space

Satyricon screen shot

The reincarnation of the Satyricon site in Chinatown as low-income housing took a step forward this week.The Macdonald Center and the City of Portland’s Design Commission met Thursday, April 7 to discuss a new use for the spot that featured the iconic punk nightclub before it closed last October.The Macdonald Center, a local outreach and housing nonprofit, is proposing to tear down the building ...   More
Friday, April 8, 2011 by

Satyricon to Close (Forever) in October

WW's Jay Horton caught wind of some bad news for Portland's all ages music scene a couple of weeks ago—news we just confirmed yesterday: Satyricon, the legendary Portland rock club opened in 1984, will close its doors come Halloween. From tomorrow's WW: Satyricon, once the longest-running indie rock nightclub on the West Coast and one of Portland's few all ages venues, will close its doors ...   More
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


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