Friday, September 17
Rogue Shot/Cellar Door
231 SW Ankeny St
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
Tonight at Berbati's, the walls will be shaking from the pure rock energy of Portland's own Western Aerial as they mark a changing of the guard. Having rocked venues here and abroad since 2004 Western Aerial will play their last show with long time drummer Anthony Tripp. Known for their powerhouse live shows and infectious music this three piece is one of the best rock band in the northwest. Tripp's abusive behavior behind his kit is one of the defining elements to Western Aerial's power. Like a king of pain he batters his drums so ferociously one can feel the aftershock blocks away. If you can make it to this show, do so because if you don't you'll just hate yourself in the morning.
I've been lucky and have followed Western Aerial nearly as long as they have been around and first met Anthony when I was pouring drinks at the Driftwood Room in the once great Mallory Hotel. I'd just escaped a cooperate job and was writing a zine called Audio Meatus covering mainly independent bands I found on My Space. Anthony dropped in one Sunday Morning and over a gin and tonic told me all about Western Aerial and their goals to conquer the world. Here it is six years later and every day they get closer their goals of world domination. The band promises to continue,and I'm sure they will but this is the last chance to see this awesome band in their natural form. So make sure your their and give Tripp a proper send off because he surely will be missed.