Habesha Lounge Is Closing

The bar and music venue atop an Ethiopian restaurant shuts down at the end of the month.

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Music
And down goes another one. Music venue Habesha Lounge is closing, along with the restaurant beneath it. The small Northeast Broadway bar above an Ethiopian restaurant had, over the past two years, developed into a hub for Portland music's psychedelic fringe. According to Habesha restaurant's manager, the building has not fallen prey to developers. Owner Enuysh Kabede has simply decided ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Grammies at Habesha Lounge, 5/21

Photos from the jazzy instrumental hip-hop duo and recent Best New Band finalist's last show...for now.

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Music
In the introduction to this year's Best New Band issue, we mentioned how quickly Portland's music scene turns over, with bands breaking up almost as soon as the city discovers them. Well, it's happened again: Grammies, the instrumental breakbeat jazz duo that came in at No. 6 on this year's poll, is done (for a while, at least). Don't try blaming any alleged "curses" for this one, though. According ...   More
 
Thursday, May 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Future Drinking: Feckin' Irish Reds coming soon, the New New Old Lompoc

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Food & Drink
Our sorta-weekly recap of gossip via OLCC liquor license applications: The Portland area’s picking up another brewery soon, looks like. The folk at Lake Oswego’s Maher’s Irish Pub  have applied for a brewer’s license in Oregon City to start up a brewery called Feckin’ Ales, at 415 S. McLoughlin Blvd., nextdoor to the Highland Stillhouse—forming a new, mega-boozy Celtic corner ...   More
 
Friday, March 8, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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