And Portland's Barmageddon continues: Slabtown, the iconic Northwest Portland rock'n'roll club, is closing permanently, owner Doug Rogers announced on Facebook today. The final show is Nov. 1.
The club, which has been around in various incarnations since the '70s, became a hub for punk, metal and garage rock in a part of town largely devoid of such venues. Rogers purchased Slabtown from Brinda Coleman in 2012 and began hosting all-ages shows in the back game room.
Earlier this year, Slabtown ran an Indie GoGo campaign to help clear past debts and make structural improvements.
Here is Rogers' full statement:
Slabtown will be closing for good after our Day of the Dead show on Nov 1. Much love and gratitude to all of you who have been my co-workers and co-volunteers over the past couple years, to everyone who played our stage, to everyone who gave of themselves to make Slabby a more bitchen place, and to the recovery community that kept me sane enough to spend a thousand days in a barbershop without ever getting a haircut.
Update and correction: A Gofundme campaign has been started by a club employee as an attempt to keep the venue open. As of October 7, the campaign had raised over $4,000 in three days, with a $50,000 goal. A previous version of this post misstated the length of time the club had been open.