The Soundpost, the 108 High St.
venue that’s brought a wide array of homegrown and visiting folk and
alternative acts to Portland
most Sundays in 2007, hosts its final show on September 23rd (see details in 8
Days a Week). Matt Rock and Kate Cox began opening their studio space (fondly
remembered by many in its previous incarnation as the old Stillhouse Studio
Theatre) to public performances at the end of last year. Their scantly
advertised gigs quickly amassed a loyal and sizable following, thanks to the
venue’s remarkably consistent acts and inimitably cozy atmosphere.
many good things in Portland
these days, The Soundpost’s end comes thanks to a for sale sign (luxury condos,
presumably, coming soon!). Kate and Matt depart for at least a half-year in Germany
in the coming weeks, and while their space’s closure leaves a formidable gap in
gigging possibilities for many of our best musicians (it’s a ripe time to call
on Local 188, One Longfellow
Square, and a few other spots to pick up the
slack), we’d rather use this space to remember the good times...until Soundpost
withdrawl starts next week, and every Sunday in “8 Days” to follow becomes a
Kate, Matt, and some of The Soundpost’s BFFs to write me with their thoughts on
the venue’s end. In pure writing-to-your-best-friend-in-their-high-school-yearbook
style, they took up a lot of space. Here are some snippets of their thoughts,
which will be posted in their entirety on the Phoenix’s “About Town” blog
(www.thephoenix.com/abouttown). Fare thee well, Soundpost: you were the best
church I ever had.