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Next week, Portlanders will get their first look at Stage 722, a new performance space situated inside the soon-to-be opened Morrison Market. The 550-capacity room kicks off its existence on Friday, October 25 with a performance by reggae artist Collie Buddz, followed by a great double-bill featuring African guitarists Vieux Farka Touré and Bombino on Saturday, October 26. Both shows are co-sponsored by Soul’d Out Productions.
Morrison Market was dreamt up by the MMIO Corporation, a consortium of local business developers, including former No Vacancy Lounge co-owner Dele Okedara, who, according to general manager and talent buyer Eric Gerber, joined forces solely for the purpose of creating this business. In addition to the Stage 722 venue, the 8,000-square-foot space—located next door to Holocene—will host seven “food pods” for grab-and-go-type meals, a full liquor bar, and a beer-only bar.
“I can’t recall exactly what was in the space before,” Gerber says, “but there was literally nothing in it. No piping. There were two outlets. Minimal power. No infrastructure. So we’ve been building it from dust to what it is now.”Continue reading »