BRUCE reading: Sept. 26 at Avid Books in Athens, Ga.


As awesome as the Sept 25 Bruce/BRUCE tribute show in Athens, Ga. is going to be, now comes even more Athens fun: A full reading/Q + A session at the lovely and entirely inedepent Avid Bookshop!

These are the specs:

September 26 – 6:30 pm

BRUCE reading at Avid Bookshop

493 Prince Ave * Athens, Ga

Tel: 706-352-2060


More big BRUCE News: Bruce/BRUCE tribute show in Seattle, Sept. 28


Seattle friends! Finally, we get a chance to hang out for an evening, have a little BRUCE talk and best of all listen to a lot of Springsteen music from some of the region’s best musicians.

I so want you to be there. All of you. It’s been too long, for one thing, and so why don’t we fix that with a night of good music, good food and jinks that might be higher than any of us expect?

It’s so happening. September 28.

Here are the specs:

Saturday, September 28 – 9 pm.
The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.: 206.906.9920
Featuring (so far)
Hondo II
Whiting Tennis
Tommy Gunn
Jared Clifton
Magic Mirrors
PLUS: Surprise guests and more, more, more.

Big BRUCE News: Drive-By Bruce tribute show in Athens, Ga.

patterson_hoodWe’ve got a bunch of cool BRUCE events planned for the fall, but it’s going to be tough to top this one: A night of Bruce Springsteen songs performed by an all-star collection of Athens, Ga.-based musicians, with Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood at the helm.

I’ll be doing a couple of reading-set-to-music things, but the real attraction is Patterson and friends, who so far are: Patterson Hood; T. Hardy Morris; Thayer Serrano; Don Chambers; Moths; Old Smokey; Loney John Hutchins; Chad Evans and…all the  way from Portland, Ore., Casey Neill.

Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will go to Nuci’s Space, a musicians’ support and resource center in Athens.

I’ll update as more artists are added to the bill, but for now here are the specs:

Wed. Sept. 25, 7 pm

Greetings from Athens!

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar
237 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA
Ticket info: to come.




Letter of the day: David Bragdon finds the shamanic breath of PDX in NYC

DB and PC, 9.2010

No surprise that Portland’s former Metro president David Bragdon, who moved to New York City a couple years back to work in Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s city hall, quickly became a central figure in Gotham’s Portland expatriate community. Last night he sent this letter from Brooklyn, where he encountered yet another Ex-Port making her way in the naked city.

Tonight after a yoga class in Fort Greene I heard one of the other clients, a six-feet-tall black woman, ask the teacher, “When does the shamanic breathing class start? When I lived in Portland I did a lot of that.”

I asked her about living in Portland, and she said it had been her first posting in the U.S. Coast Guard. “So you were posted on Swan Island?” Yes indeed she had. “And are you posted a Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island here?” Yes indeed she is. She was somewhat surprised by my familiarity with those two somewhat obscure installations in cities distant from each other. We compared the views of Forest Park from Swan Island with the views of the Verrazano Narrows from Fort Wadsworth. She likes Portland more than she likes Staten Island. Hence her practice of shamanic breathing in a Brooklyn yoga studio.”