The owner of Portland’s State Theatre, the popular 1680-seat music venue, announced on Thursday that they would be purchasing Port City Music Hall, another Portland venue just a few blocks down Congress Street from the State. Alex Crothers and Bowery Presents, operating under the name CroBo, LLC, announced in a press release that the purchase was completed early this month.
“We look forward to the continued collaboration with the City of Portland, the downtown Arts District and our neighbors along Congress Street,” said Crothers, who also owners the music venue Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont. “Portland’s continuing progressive attitude toward the arts is well-known around the country and we’re excited to play a small role here.”
Port City Music Hall has already been offering State Theatre Presents shows for some time, with some upcoming shows including songwriter Melissa Ferrick on May 16, rapper Andre Nickatina on May 18 and indie rockers Ra Ra Riot on May 24. The venue will finish out its current lineup of shows and then close for two weeks in July for some minor renovations, after which Crothers and general manager Lauren Wayne plan to offer more than 120 shows per year, as well as rentals.
“We’ll have some fresh updates and improvements to reveal this summer once there’s an opportunity to shut down for a few weeks,” Wayne said. “It’s important to us that we not disrupt or cancel any of the existing concerts on the schedule.”
Crothers and Bowery purchased the State Theatre in 2010 after it had been closed for four years, and after $1.5 million repairs reopened the venue in October 2010. It has since played host to a wide array of bands including the Avett Brothers, Skrillex, the Pixies, Elvis Costello and fun; some upcoming shows include indie folksinger Iron & Wine on May 18, guitarist Tommy Emmanuel on May 29, and British rockers Bloc Party on June 4. The 529-capacity Port City Music Hall opened four years ago at 509 Congress St., boasting hardwood floors, clear sightlines for audience members and a spacious bar.
For a full lineup of Port City Music Hall and the State Theatre’s shows, visit statetheatreportland.com.