Thousands Have Lived Without Love, Not One Without Water. – W.H.Auden

This month is all about love – and water. The fight for indigenous rights (and human rights, really) that began over the Dakota Access Pipe Line at Standing Rock spawned protests, court battles, and intense media coverage. It also spawned the organization we hope to support at this month’s While Rome Burns benefit: The Pacific…

A Benefit, and a Remembrance

This month’s While Rome Burns has a dual purpose: First, we want to welcome and support the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, a wonderful group working on issues close to our hearts. Second, we want to pay our respects to one of Portland’s most unique and loving musicians. A year after his passing, Jaime Leopold’s…

And Now For Something Completely Different

Young folks raising a ruckus for young folks. This month While Rome Burns welcomes the amazing Central Catholic High School Jazz Band, The Brass Pack and Bird Bennett in support of one of Portland’s premier organizations supporting homeless youth, p:ear (project: education, art, recreation). p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education,…

Pearl and Lovely for Innovation Law Lab: This Month’s WRB Extravaganza

This month While Rome Burns returns to a familiar issue: Immigration. As I write this the government is (partially) closed for business and there is “a humanitarian crisis” at our southern border (for once, the president is right). The good news is we’re not sitting on our hands. Not us, and not the Innovation Law…

Free Hot Soup. Extra Hot Rice. A Little Sheila on the side.

Who doesn’t love free hot soup? I love free hot soup. Especially if it’s the fantastic community outfit that calls themselves – quite straightforwardly – Free Hot Soup. Their name is what they do – provide free hot soup (and other sustenance) to folks who most need it: folks experiencing homelessness, poverty, marginalization. Folks living…

Notes

Man, what a sweet show last Sunday night. We raised nearly $500 for the amazing folks at Red Lodge Transition Services. What an honor to work with such a fantastic group of folks. This is the second time we’ve featured the organization, and we always go home with a huge smile on our faces and…

Let’s try something different this Thanksgiving.

Maybe, I dunno, humility? Think the last couple of years have been rough for diversity in America? How about the last couple of centuries? If you are descended from the indigenous inhabitants of this amazing country, your history of marginalization and resistance extends farther back than the latest insanity brought into sharp focus by the…

Don’t get mad. Get pizza.

For Free! Yes, you heard us – FREE PIZZA! If you vote, that is.  AND –  dance ’til your feet decide to take a hike, to the music of The New Iberians and the Reverb Brothers! And help support this month’s fabulous organization, Rahab’s Sisters! How could you go wrong? Here’s the deal: While Rome Burns…

September Songs

Hey Burners – we’re back from our August vacation, relaxed, refreshed, and ready to ROCK SOME RESISTANCE! We’ve got a great show lined up this month, starting with a great band: Brooks Hill (featuring Cindy Lou Banks) will be bringing their special brand of Country-oriented Americana. It’s a  big-voiced, big-hearted music, deisgned to get your your…