in 1997 magic marker founders mark rothkopf and curt kentner moved into a large somewhat shabby home in se portland, oregon across from kenilworth park. most of the venues at this time wouldn’t even book the up incoming bands that played portland . the all ages clubs were going out of business and the bars would pay the sound man more than any of the bands if they even let them play at all. It started out as a necessity, finally a place to play in a somewhat dank basement and later up stairs in the living room. we handed out flyers and word of mouth spread. While many people have lived in the 4 to 5 bedroom house members of dear Nora, kissing book, benji cossa, the mosquitoes, the softies, the lucksmiths, mooney suzuki, and the shins all called it home for a short period of time between 1997-2004.
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