Preview: Starover Blue and Friends Play Spacegeist

Written by on September 8, 2020

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Next Saturday September 12th Portland experimental dream-pop outfit Starover Blue play a unique virtual show, ‘Starover Blue and Friends Play Spacegeist’ in aid of two independent venues and Portland’s Black Resilience Fund. The two venues, Portland’s own Doug Fir Lounge and San Jose’s Art Boutiki, represent the two cities in which founding members Kendall Sallay and Dirk Milotz have lived and played music since founding Starover Blue in 2007: “We’re just excited to be contributing in our small way, and the collaborative, community aspect just feel like the right thing to do right now,” says Sallay.

            The show is set to celebrate the band’s debut album, 2016’s Spacegeist. However, the band decided against their initial idea of simply playing through the album. Instead, they invited a selection of friends from the music scenes in both Portland and San Jose to cover tracks from the album. “We realized that if we played the album through ourselves, we’d be missing that community aspect,” Sallay explains, adding that, although excited to see what their friends and bandmates have created, the covers won’t be revealed to then until the night of the show! Such a rare experience is bound to be a treat and, despite a lack of live music at present, events such as this manage to make the best use possible of virtual concerts by doing something that likely wouldn’t be logistically or financially possible in person.

Portland bands Young Elk and Small Million have signed up for the show and while founding members Kendall Sallay and Dirk Milotz will kick off the show from San Jose, the band’s other members will also be covering their favorite tracks from the album! From San Jose The Y Axes and Talk will also be joining the festivities. In a period so starved of live music such a wonderfully inventive and unique show promises to be a treat, all while helping ensure there will be venues to go back to when we can.

The full interview with Kendall Sallay can be found at the download link below.

Tickets (minimum donation $5) are available here.

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