Brass Tacks Sandwiches use sustainable, organic, and local ingredients, unlike Subway's yarn-flavored meats and vegetables
  • Brass Tacks Sandwiches use sustainable, organic, and local ingredients, unlike Subway's yarn-flavored meats and vegetables

Ami Taylor, whom some might know as the drummer for Orca Team, is opening up a new sandwich shop, Brass Tacks Sandwiches, with business partner Sara Pavao on June 1. But before the do-it-yourselfers can open the meat/gluten-free/vegan sandwich shop at 3535 N. Vancouver (near Fremont), they need a few necessary pieces of deli equipment, including an industrial meat and cheese slicer and a new refrigeration unit. Last month, the pair launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funds needed to purchase the equipment that will cost $3500. The campaign has so far raised nearly two grand, but they only have thirteen days to raise the additional $1500.

Fortunately, some of Portland's more adventurous and new DIY musicians, including Why I Must Be Careful, Karen, Breezin, and Woolen Men, are contributing their musical efforts to the Brass Tacks benefit concert happening at 9pm on May 21 at Mudai Lounge, followed by a dance party with DJ Landlord. Because Brass Tacks won't get the funding if the goal is not met, they're offering folks who pledge $5 or more a spot on the guest list to the show, which will be $8 at the door. $25 will get you a guest list spot, as well as two sandwiches and a salad (once they open). And if you're really feeling generous and want to be a Brass Tacks VIP, which includes your photo on the wall and having your very own sandwich on the menu, there are pledge options for those as well.

Regardless, any amount over $5 will get you into the show, plus you'll also be directly responsible for helping open what's soon to be your new favorite Portland deli. Doesn't sound like such a bad idea, especially if you're considering a $5 foot-long from Subway for lunch today (something you will regret later).