Friday, March 29th – Dante’s
thexplodingboys may possibly be the longest-running cure tribute band in the western hemisphere. the project was started as a side project by then-drummer and now lead singer thedrowningman. since 1999, he has put together a cast of characters that, like a fine port, has improved with age. The current cast is composed of veteran musicians and cure fanatics.
Paul Mercer and special guest. Although he is performing for both nights, the style of music he’ll be presenting on each evening will be very different from each other. So do to expect to hear the same genre twice. For full bio please scroll down to Saturday evening information.
Rock singer and multimedia artist Myrrh Larsen is known for his band’s dark, hard-hitting concerts incorporating video projection and live performance art. For this one night only they will be joined by acclaimed Butoh dancer Lillian Rossetti to reprise portions of their recent multimedia ghost story, “Softly, She Came,” with a macabre new twist.
Saturday, March 30th – Melody Ballroom
Sean Setterberg (AKA. DJ Sean) began his musical career back in the mid 90’s as cofounder of the Industrial/CyberPunk group SMP. As a songwriter, programmer, vocalist, guitarist and drummer, SMP completed five national tours and landed 2 record deals with Cargo/Reconstriction, and ADSR (Stalemate & Terminal were the resulting CDs). Also during this era Sean filled in as guitar player on two national tours for the Industrial band Christ Analog. After 5 years and 7 tours Sean retired from touring, recording and took over as resident DJ on Sunday nights at Club Noc Noc in 2004. Resurrection as the night is called is based on Industrial/EBM/Goth dance floor hits from years past and is currently the longest running night at the club.
Dj Carrion got his start filling in at a Goth night at the Paris Theatre back in 1998. With a wealth of musical knowledge and a strong passion for Goth/Industrial music it would only seem natural he would go on to create his own night, Martyrium. This was a night that helped establish him, earning Dj slots around town. He then went on to play sets at major concerts. Shows like Delerium, Funker Vogt and VNV Nation, to name a few. After Martyrium ended, he landed a residency at The Backroom (where the VMB first started). During his time at The Backroom, Dj Carrion began to focus on his Concert Promotion and the start of his store Corrosion Records. When the Backroom closed, he would have a brief stint at Sabala’s Mt.Tabor to keep the concert promotion/Djing alive. In 2006 a more concrete situation came in the form of a new night called Shadowplay. This would be the defining gig for Dj Carrion and has become one of Oregon’s most popular club nights.
DJ and promoter for the last 25 years. DJ NoN has played clubs & events around the U.S. as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, China and is probably one of the most versatile old school DJs around today. DJ NoN is also know as founder and promoter of such events as the animal fundraiser The Dark Alice in Wonderland Ball PDX , The Dark Alice Ball Hawaii and Dementia Industrial Night.
Paul Mercer has been enthralling audiences since the early 1980s when he first learned his improvisational style, street performing in the subterranean alleys of Underground Atlanta and practicing in overgrown old cemeteries. In the 1990s, he confounded the critically acclaimed neoclassical quintet the Changelings. After the band took a hiatus in the early 2000s, Paul joined dp3, a notorious avant-garde jazz ensemble. Currently he is with The Ghosts Project, a improvisational group whose lineup always includes Mercer and Davis Petterson, with a parade of diverse guest musicians from around the world. Paul is also a member of experimental prog rockers Brass Knuckle Surfer and a frequent guest of Jill Tracy’s Malcontent Orchestra. Whether performing solo or with other accomplices, Paul’s entrancing art has brought him to stages all over North America, Canada, and Japan.
This will be his second year performing at the VMB since he last joined us in 2008. I encourage you to take the time to watch this gorgeous documentary portraying his talent and the amazing violins and violas of his that have survived the centuries.
Stephanie Lopes began flying through the air in 2002 in a small aerial class taught by Lara Paxton of Circus Contraption. There she met her aerial partner Gemma in her very first class. In 2006, she moved to Los Angeles to train with Sarah and Karen Steben. Stephanie has performed with the Aerialistas, as a duo with Gemma Adams and independently. Stephanie is one of the founders and owners of Night Flight.
Gemma Adams has eleven years of experience in aerial and circus arts. Gemma first began her aerial training in 2002 with Lara Paxton from Circus Contraption, and later with Sarah and Karen Steben from Cirque du Soleil. She has performed with Seattle’s aerial troupe The Aerialistas and as a duo with Stephanie Lopes and independently. In 2004, Gemma earned a certificate in Physical Theater and Circus Arts from Circomedia in Bristol, England. She is also one of the owner/founders of Night Flight.
Alysia Colon has trained at Pendulum Aerial Dance Theatre and l’Ecole Nationale de Cirque, in Montreal where she trained for a year in tissu by, Jacinthe Tremblay and Sarah Poole. Alysia now performs internationally and has performed, taught, choreographed, and directed in many different forms of circus arts such as aerial, acrobatics, partner acrobatics, contortion, and dance. Her training and experience in different forms of circus gives her a unique mix of athleticism, grace, and creativity in the air.
Petra Delarocha has been performing aerial arts since 2008 and has worked with The Circus Project, Polaris Dance Theatre and Night Flight. Prior to committing herself to aerial and circus arts, she practiced dance beginning with programs at da Vinci Arts Middle School, Jefferson High School and has recently graduated from Portland State University with her Bachelors Degree from the School of Fine and Performing Arts with a focus in Art Studies and Dance.
Gregory Randolph always had a love of movement and energy and came from a background of rock climbing and body-weight exercise. He was instantly drawn to circus and enjoys the artistry of aerial performance. He has performed on Aerial Straps and Fixed Trapeze with comedians, belly dancers. When he’s not training or performing, Gregory spends his days as a software developer.