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      September 23, 2019

      Monday   9:00 PM

      3939 North Mississippi Avenue
      Portland, Oregon 97227

      Mike Watt + The Missingmen

      with Mscaras
      BassistMike Wattwas the living embodiment of the punk rock spirit. As a founding member of the highly influentialMinutemen, he created one of the most important bodies of work in the American underground canon, delivering adventurous, fiercely polemical music informed by such disparate traditions as funk, folk, and free jazz. Although his subsequent material -- most notably his records with the triofIREHOSE, as well as his latter-day solo efforts -- lacked the sheer impact of his earliest outings,Wattremained true to the D.I.Y. ethos that originally inspired him, emerging as one of the most highly respected figures in contemporary music.Born December 20, 1957, in Portsmouth, Virginia, the youngWattand his family relocated to San Pedro, California, which was to remain his home base throughout the years to follow; there he became close friends withD. Boon, with whom he formedthe Reactionariesduring the mid-'70s. Inspired by the burgeoning punk movement, he andBoonfoundedthe Minutemenin 1979, addingGeorge Hurleyon drums. So named in honor of the brevity of their initial songs, in 1980the Minutemendebuted with the EPParanoid Time, becoming just the second act to record for the legendary SST label. In the years to follow, seminal releases, including 1981'sThe Punch Lineand 1984's two-LP setDouble Nickels on the Dime, established the trio as one of the American indie scene's brightest hopes -- but on December 23, 1985,Boonwas killed in a van accident following one of the band's live dates.Devastated,WattandHurleyplanned to retire from music but were coerced into returning to action by Ohio-bornEd Crawford, a ferventMinutemenfan inspired to learn guitar by the band's records. Dubbing themselvesfIREHOSE, the new group debuted in 1986 withRagin', Full-On, which was dedicated -- as were all of the trio's future releases -- to the memory ofD. Boon. That same year,Wattalso teamed with his then-wife (and formerBlack Flagbassist),Kira Roessler, in the groupDos, a two-bass duo.fIREHOSEcarried onthe Minutemen's spirit admirably, and after three indie releases, they were signed to major label Columbia, where they debuted in 1991 withFlyin' the Flannel.fIREHOSE's tenure on Columbia was largely disappointing, and after 1993's album, theJ Mascis-producedMr. Machinery Operator, failed to launch them toward mainstream success, they quietly disbanded in early 1994.In 1995,Wattissued his first solo LP,Ball-Hog or Tugboat?, an all-star affair featuring guest appearances from members ofSonic Youth,the Beastie Boys,Nirvana,Soul Asylum, andthe Screaming Trees. On a subsequent solo tour,Watt's standing within the alt-rock community was solidified by the roster of his backing band, which includedPearl Jam'sEddie VedderandNirvanaalumDave Grohl; the same tour sawGrohl's new band,the Foo Fighters, making their public debut as the support act. (In 2016, a recording from the Chicago date of the tour was released under the titleRing Spiel Tour '95.) A year later,Wattplayed bass inPerry Farrell's bandPorno for Pyros, appearing on their sophomore LPGood God's Urge. In 1997, he issued his long-awaited second solo effort,Contemplating the Engine Room, an autobiographical "punk-rock opera" also based on the lives of his father, a chief in the Navy, andD. Boon. That same year,Wattappeared on the self-titled debut by theStephen Perkins-led experimental alternative jazz outfitBanyan.Wattspent the next year on the road supportingContemplating, also finding time to record a cover ofthe Stooges' classic "TV Eye" as part of the ad hoc groupthe Wylde Ratttzfor the 1998Velvet Goldminemotion picture soundtrack, and reuniting with formerMinutemen/fIREHOSEdrummerGeorge Hurleyfor a track on theHempilation, Vol. 2compilation (the original composition "Sidemousin' the Bong"). The next year, a secondBanyanalbum was issued,Anytime at All.In early 2000,Watthad a close brush with death due to flu-like symptoms (brought on by an internal abscess in his perineum that went undetected for a long time). After successfully recuperating,Wattgot back into playing by coveringStoogessongs on a smattering of live dates accompanied by formerDinosaur Jr.frontmanJ Mascis.MascisinvitedWattto play on his solo releaseMore Lightlater the same year and participated in its ensuing tour (which was cut short in the summer of 2001 when the group's van was involved in a serious accident in Sweden). AnotherWattproject arrived in 2002: the bass-organ-drums triothe Secondmen(featuring MadonnabePete Mazichon organ and drummerJerry Trebotic), who were soon slated to begin work on their debut album. These plans were temporarily delayed, however, whenIggy PopinvitedWattto join him and the reunited, survivingStoogeson select 2003 concert dates throughout North America and Europe. These commitments fulfilled,Wattonce again turned his attention to new releases, live appearances with others (Banyan,Hellride,Dos, etc.), and his Internet-related projects -- such as hosting the web radio program The Watt from Pedro Show and maintaining his own site,Mike Watt's Hootpage ('s long-delayedSecondmenalbum with Mazich andTrebotic, a concept piece about his illness and recovery calledThe Secondman's Middle Stand, was finally released in August 2004; a full-length debut bythe Wylde Ratttzwas expected that same year on the independent Ecstatic Peace label, but because of contractual difficulties, it was never released. On top of this collaboration,Wattfilled his time playing with other groups over the next few years, includingUnknown Instructors,Black Gang,Floored by Four, andNo Age, and recording withthe Stoogesfor their 2006 comeback albumThe Weirdness. In 2011, he released his fourth solo album,Hyphenated-Man, a 30-song opera that he was inspired to write after listening tothe Minutemenfor the first time sinceD. Boons passing in 1985.

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