The past few weeks living in Portland have just flown by in a blur of shows, practices and days spent fighting off a terrible stomach bug and scouring Craigslist for gainful employment. I’ve refused to let that last one affect my ability to hit the town however, as it is my sworn duty to report back to my east coast counterparts on exactly what it is that is drawing so many of us these days, like moths to a flame, to the pacific northwest.
The time of the year between late December and early January always brings back various locals who have decamped from Boston to other scenes and locales over the years. This year was no exception.
In the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I ran into friends from the area who are now based in cities all over the world, from my soon-to-be-home of Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, to NYC, Philly, Baltimore, various parts of California -- and even Berlin! When the conversation turns to my impending move, the first question they usually ask is: “Why Portland?”