Underground artists, meet your new underground venue. After years of planning, the people behind Capitol Hill music institution Neumos are ready to open a second venue in the building’s basement. Barboza will be a 200-capacity club catering to bands that need a proper venue but aren’t quite big enough to fill a place like Neumos or the Crocodile yet.
"Barboza is a little more about artist development," said Neumos and Barboza talent buyer Eli Anderson. "You can do a show down there that’s a new artist, someone sort of up-and-coming on their first time through, or just local artists. You could do a show that draws 100 people and it’s not a total loss. You do a show with 100 at Neumos—that looks really bad. The artist isn’t going to have a good time and it’s not good for us. A hundred people in a 700-person room looks really awkward. Barboza has a little more flexibility in that way."
Because of a delay in completing the venue, Wednesday’s would-be opening show by blues-rock duo My Goodness has been rescheduled for June 16 at Neumos. Instead, the venue will be christened by the pitch-perfect folk harmonies of Portland’s Horse Feathers this Friday. Anderson said the venue will bring in a wide variety of artists and genres and hopes to be running seven nights a week. In addition to regular concerts, Barboza will also feature weekly DJ sets by Tigerbeat: Monday night’s "Turnt Up" and Friday’s "Hollyhood."
Anderson stresses that while Barboza is a subterranean space, people shouldn’t expect low-rent productions. "People keep asking me, ‘Do you guys have a PA? Are there lights down there?’ I think it’s because it’s in the lower level, in the basement, people go like, ‘Oh, it’s a basement space.’ No. We’re spending hundreds thousands of dollars on the space. It’s a really nice, proper 200 capacity club."
UPDATE 4/20/12 It turns out the construction delays were worse than expected. The Horse Feathers show has been postponed until June 6 and other shows on Barboza’s calendar have been either moved, canceled, or rescheduled. On the plus side, Caveman’s Sunday show has been moved to Auto Battery and will now be a free BBQ.
From Barboza (via The Stranger):
Owing to unexpected construction delays, the first week’s shows at BARBOZA will not be happening as scheduled.
Friday April 20th Horse Feathers has been postponed until June 9th at BARBOZA. All tickets will be honored and refunds are available at point of purchase.
Saturday April 21st Caveman has morphed into a BARBOZA-Q and moved to Auto Battery at 1009 East Union St on Capitol Hill. All tickets will be refunded as this show is now FREE! Doors are at 8pm and come early as space will fill up fast!
Sunday April 22nd Main Attrakionz has unfortunately been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
Tuesday April 24th Tanlines has been moved upstairs to Neumos. All tickets will be honored.
Wednesday April 25th Frankie Rose has been moved upstairs to Neumos. All tickets will be honored.
We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause but are looking forward to seeing you at the BARBOZA-Q and introducing you to our new room next week!