Sail on, Pyrate Punx!

Tonight the Pyrate Punx sailed into Portland, just one stop of many on a tour consisting of music, attitude (and I mean that in the most positive sense of the word), and booze-fueled debauchery. The Pyrate Punx are a network of bands that currently has 25 chapters nation-wide. The bands help each other (as well as bands that are not involved in the organization) with shows, housing, and food.

Each year, some PP bands set sail on the “Pyrate Punx Crews Cruise”. That time is now. The stop was at Plan B, SE PDX’s marvelous watering hole that caters to punks, metal-heads, and fans of horror movies. I got there a bit late and missed most of the first band’s set (Cyanide Destruct from Seattle). I was, however, greeted with the sight of the travelling Pyrate Punx and locals there to see the fun. The crowd was full of spikes, patches, and multi-hued hair – punks from all walks of life. Not a hipster in sight – one more reason why I love Plan B.

I got to see the second band (Zabaleen – quality old-school NorCal politicopunk). The crowd was eating this stuff up. Some small pits (hard to do in the confined space), but everybody was respectful of others and their space, which is something I can’t say for 90% of the shows I see in Portland.

Anyway, the show was great, and everybody who came here from Oakland, Chico, and Seattle was super-cool. If you want to learn more about the Pyrate Punx, go here

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