The Prids, Arctic Flowers, Vibrissae, Darkswoon, DJ Wednesday

Thu Aug 30

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Cat-chella is the brainchild of a group of local musicians, volunteers, and animal lovers. Our mission is to support local animal welfare non-profits by increasing their visibility, raising awareness about their work, and fundraising on their behalf through live musical performance. Cat-chella was conceived as a concert series, supporting a different animal welfare beneficiary each time. We are proud to bring our second installment to Holocene, with all proceeds going to Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team!

The Portland area is experiencing an unprecedented crisis of homelessness with no end in sight. Many of those experiencing homelessness or living in impoverished conditions depend on their pets to provide love, comfort, companionship, security and a reason to regain health, stability and in some cases, maintain sobriety. But life on the streets is as hard on animals as it is on humans and going without basic veterinary care often leads to silent suffering and serious health problems.

PAW Team is one of the only Portland area organizations with the sole mission of providing free veterinary care to the pets of people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty.

Our diverse client base includes families and individuals, seniors, disabled citizens, terminally ill citizens, disenfranchised youth, and military veterans. Our clients often have just one dependable relationship in their lives - that of a beloved companion animal.

PAW Team networks with over 40 social services agencies including those serving low-income seniors, victims of domestic violence, homeless youth, adults with disabilities, and families living in extreme poverty, to identify the need and provide care before situations reach a crisis point.

Operating with minimal staff and a mighty force of volunteers, PAW Team provides a wide range of medical services to those who demonstrate true need. We currently care for over 800 pets per year - a number that will increase in the coming years as homelessness and poverty reach record levels.

Honoring the healing power of the mutually beneficial human-animal bond, PAW Team has been responsible for enhancing and saving the lives of thousands of cherished companion animals.
The Prids
The Prids
Do I Look Like I’m In Love?, the new full-length from The Prids, illustrates the Portland dark pop band’s mettle through keen lyrical observations, but also in its attention to sonic detail and song craft—this record couldn’t have been made by any other band at any other time. “Do I Look Like I’m In Love?” and “The Shape” both swirl and build like dreams filled with grey skies and the flickering faces of past friends and lovers. These songs nudge up against the air-brushed punk of “Lie Here” and the bass-driven “Colliding,” which recalls the dazed jangle of early R.E.M.
​More than two decades in, The Prids have made the best and most cohesive album of their career.
The fact that there’s even a new Prids record is a miracle. In March of 2015 bassist-vocalist Mistina La Fave suffered a brain hemorrhage the night before the band was scheduled to enter the studio. The recovery was physically and mentally taxing, and La Fave is lucky to be alive, let alone playing and performing again. The Prids’ 22 years have been marked with death, sickness, divorce, and a near-fatal van crash that cut a tour short and left members bloody and broken—but they survive through the friendship and bond of founding members La Fave and guitarist-vocalist David Frederickson. While those events have invariably made their way into the band’s narrative, the two simply chalk it up to life.
​They met in La Fave’s small hometown of Saint Joseph, Missouri, in 1995, not long after Frederickson had moved there from Southern California. They started a relationship (they divorced in 2001, not long after they married), formed The Prids, and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, before settling in Portland, Oregon, in 1999. In that time they’ve released four full-lengths and a trail of EPs, toured all over the world, while gaining the respect of bands throughout Portland for their tenacity and longevity (The Prids are one of the longest-running active bands in the city). They continue to make music for the right reasons—with or without a label, for themselves. A few years ago they brought in drummer Gordon Nickel and multi-instrumentalist Tim Yates, their sturdiest lineup to date. These four individuals are what make Do I Look Like I’m In Love? such a special record.
​Throughout it all The Prids have remained completely DIY (the band even launched its own label/artist collective This-a-Way Records in 1996). Their videos and album art are as brilliantly conceived as the music itself. And in 2017 the Prids are playing with the same ardor they did 20 years ago. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and this band is the embodiment of that.
Arctic Flowers
Arctic Flowers
​Portland’s Arctic Flowers have explored unique attempts at cross-pollinating genres that have grown apart over the course of the evolution of dark music, re-incorporating styles usually seen as mutually exclusive in today's fractured (and fractious) punk scene. The end result has been a catalog that is one of the current punk scene's most ambitious, challenging, and rewarding to listen to.
Portland's ​ Vibrissae travels between the worlds of guitar-oriented shoegaze and synth-based electronic music over the course of Somewhere Away, their debut album. Although they explore various moods, the four-piece frequently chooses to dwell on the darker side of things, with haunting vocals floating over walls of guitars and synths. According to Drowned in Sound, Vibrissae's debut release is "among the year's most impressive releases," with The Big Takeover calling Somewhere Away "a sonically accomplished and stylistically varied batch of songs." The band is the newest member of the This-a-Way Records label and collective, and they recently performed at the This-a-Way Records Fest, as well as the latest Out From the Shadows festival, and this year's Seagaze festival in Seattle.

"The trio stands out with restlessly seductive execution and an arresting sound—sweet, celestial vocals float above an introspective cache of melodic invocations." - Christina Broussard, The Portland Mercury
Darkswoon is an electronic shoegaze band from Portland, OR, the primary musical outlet of Jana Cushman. The band performs live as a trio with Cushman on guitar and vocals, Rachel Ellis on keys and drum machines, and Andrew Michael Potter on bass.

The band started as a lofi bedroom music project in 2014 and saw light in 2015 with the release of 'Year One', Darkswoon's freshman EP. The 2016 release of 'Silhouettes' drew attention for individuality and creativity, with "wall of sound production" and noted as "an artist you'll want to watch" (Surviving the Golden Age). The EP marks an evolution from lofi to produced, drawing in post punk, psych rock and gothic influences.

Darkswoon's first full length album is nearing completion with an anticipated late 2018 release. The new batch of songs promises to be the most dance driven collection yet while maintaining the ethereal, emotive landscapes of past works.
Venue Information:
1001 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214