Magenta Theater gets into the concert business

first_imgThe international tour of one of my favorite jazz combos came through Portland a few weeks ago, but I didn’t go. It was a work night — a Wednesday. Doors opened at 8 p.m. and music began at 9 p.m. You kidding me?Please note, nightclub owners: We fogeys with jobs and commitments have not outgrown live music. Plus, we might just have more money in our pockets than all those whippersnappers without a reason to get up and go in the morning.The layout of downtown Vancouver’s Magenta Theater is less like a nightclub than a concert hall, and this year it started acting that part — filling the spacious auditorium with music lovers eager to enjoy popular local bands and still get home at a reasonable hour. The start time for Saturday night’s performance by Lincoln’s Beard, plus several more interestingly named friends, is 7 p.m.The early arrangement is a win for everyone. Local bands are eager to play downtown, which has few venues to offer; the nonprofit Magenta Theater generates some princely revenues; and, grownup fans can catch a whole lineup of live music without regretting it in the morning. What’s not to love?No more power chordsAs the historical name suggests, the sound of Lincoln’s Beard is Americana — a little bit country, a little bit folk, a little bit roots rock ‘n’ roll, all as intimate and sincere as founding member Dwayne Spence’s Southern drawl. But that’s nothing like what Spence and co-founder Kristopher Chrisopulos sounded like when they met and started making music together in college, at Francis Marion University in Spence’s native South Carolina.last_img

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