As a Southern California native who moved to Portland more than three years ago, y’know what I’m sick of? My friends and family who still live in California invading my Facebook, text messages and voice mailbox to tell me just how warm and sunny it is there, as I sit and listen to raindrops clatter on my windowsill for the ninth straight day. Not because I’m envious of them, but because they feel I should envy them. I relocated to Portland for several reasons, not the least of which being the need to finally justify my wardrobe. Even before I settled here, my affinity for jackets and layers made me an honorary Stumptownian. And now that I’ve been in the city for a while, my predilection toward Northwest weather patterns remains. I like the cold. I love the rain. I enjoy our rare, sporadic bouts of snowfall. And I’m glad someone is finally sticking up for those of us who prefer our winters the way God intended them: damp, grey and freezing.
That someone is Mike Midlo, singer-guitarist for joyous Portland “roots-rock machine” Pancake Breakfast. On this new single, he defends our soggy hamlet to those who would say to him, “You’re looking soaking wet, why’d you want to live like that?” Mike’s answer is in this rollicking, foot-stomping jam, and no, it has nothing to do with strip clubs or microbrews.
Pancake Breakfast is celebrating the release of “PortlandtownUSA” in the city that inspired it at Jimmy Mak’s on Jan.
17 13, then embarking on a short tour. Catch some authentic, energetic Portland folk at one of the dates below. And if you want to make the band feel at home, don’t hesitate to douse them with a bucket of rain water. (That’s a joke. Please don’t do that.)
+ Friday, January 20 @ Bar 4 in Brooklyn, 8pm
+ Sunday, January 22 @ Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, 5pm
+ Tuesday, January 24 @ Uncommon Ground in Chicago, 8pm
+ Thursday, January 26 @ Aster Cafe in Minneapolis, 9pm