Last night there was a live music extravaganza at community radio station KBOO-FM, Portland, Oregon, in celebration of the Neo Boys double album Sooner or Later [KLP242], out now on K. It all happened on Drinking from Puddles, the long-running local music show hosted by Brandon Lieberman and Callie Danger. The program was a combination of interviews and live performances, a preview of the Neo Boys event Sunday evening Nov. 10 at the Crystal Ballroom (a benefit for the Rock’n'Roll Camp for Girls). The interviews were with members of the Neo Boys, some of the performers present, Calvin Johnson of K and Beth Wooten, Executive Director of the Rock’n'Roll Camp for Girls.
Neo Boys rocked Portland 1978-’83. This show celebrated their existence with performances by a combination of their female contemporaries from the early Portland punk scene (Toody Cole, Monica Nelson) and younger women artists who have felt the influence of that era, including Busy Scissors, the Ghost Ease (pictured above), Crimson Typhoon, Cold Beat, the Vandies and Newman/Schoenberg/Rayna. It will all happen again (and more so) on Sunday night!
Monica Nelson sang a heartbreakingly beautiful cover of the Neo Boys song “Nothing to Fear”:
Monica with Neo Boys vocalist Kim Kincaid:
Toody and Fred Cole played blistering versions of songs from their deep catalogue:
KT Kincaid (Neo Boys) and Jared (Shivas) experiencing Toody and Fred in the on-air studio:
Calvin Johnson with Mike Lastra of Smegma Studio, who was there with video cameras documenting the proceedings: