Check it: “If You’re Asking” by Metropolitan Farms

If You’re Asking | Metropolitan Farms Don’r miss Metropolitan Farms acoustic set at this month’s While Rome Burns benefit for Rose Haven. Check out the clip above for motivation. “Metropolitan Farms rides a unique line between 80’s college rock/pop, Brit pop, 60’s pop, Brill Building, Skiffle, and 70’s American/West Coast Rock. Think: Queen, Joe Jackson,…

WRB February: The Reverb Brothers, Metropolitan Farms to benefit Rose Haven

While Rome Burns is pleased to announce the next in its ongoing series of benefits, this time in support of Rose Haven. Events are held the fourth Sunday of each month at Mississippi Pizza Pub. This month’s event  will feature the music of The Reverb Brothers and Metropolitan Farms, with master of ceremonies Karissa Lowe. Members…

This one’s different.

Tomorrow we’re hosting our 11th (!) While Rome Burns benefit. But this time is different. It’s not that we don’t have an amazing beneficiary. Living Cully is an innovative organization doing real work, good work. I’m so impressed by their approach, weaving together several major players in the area to address issues of poverty, environment,…

Living Cully Benefit feat. Jaime Leopold & The Short Stories, Chelsea Sue

Join Us January 28 to support Living Cully Bring the kids! Have a slice and listen to some fantastic music from The Shorter Stories: A Tribute to Jaime Leopold, and the amazing Chelsea Sue. Most important, get to know the folks from Living Cully, learn a little about their story, and help support a truly innovative organization that is making…

The Whitest City in America

At least, according to The Atlantic, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post. And I buy it – hell, I grew up here, and I never met a black person until I was 12 years old. One of the core missions of While Rome Burns is to nurture and promote local diversity – religious, gender,…

So Long, 2017

What a year. But I don’t have to tell you – you were right there in the trenches with me. With all of us. Is everyone OK? Did we lose anyone?  Does anyone need anything – a little help, an encouraging word, a jump – anything? I’m here for you. You know what happened. Right….

Looking for someone to actually THANK this Thanksgiving? How about these guys?

Red Lodge Transition Services is a Native American led organization that provides culturally focused programs for women releasing from jail, prison or treatment. Red Lodge serves approximately 1,200 people per year in 11 Oregon State prisons and one jail with cultural programming and Native American Religious Services. Our programs aid in prevention, responsibility, respect and…

Texans are having a tough time right now. Texas immigrants have it even tougher.

While Rome Burns wants to help. While Rome Burns is departing in September from our usual format in order to reach beyond the greater Portland area all the way to Texas. Beneficiary of our September show will be RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit legal advocacy group that’s been working with Texas shelters to find housing for woman and children stranded by Immigration and…

Do You Q?

Join WRB, Ashleigh Flynn and Renée Muzquiz in support of Q Center Thursday August 24, 8 – 11 PM Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge 3552 N. Mississippi Ave Portland, Oregon 97227 (map) $10 Do you share any of these values? Value families premised on love and commitment. Value the strength, capabilities and goodness of LGBTQ…

Maybe you DO have to live like a refugee.

Join WRB, The Pearls and Chata Addy on the 27th to support IRCO, the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Thursday July 27 8 – 11 PM Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge 3552 N. Mississippi Ave Portland, Oregon 97227 (map) $10 As I write this I am saddened by the fact that the administration’s “travel ban”…