Primus and Dinosaur Jr concert set for Thompson’s Point in Portland in July


The State Theatre announced the next show in its new 2015 concert series at Thompson’s Point, the new outdoor venue located on a peninsula in the Fore River. Legendary alt-rockers Primus and Dinosaur Jr. will perform on Monday, July 27. Tickets for the show, priced at $39.50 in advance and $45 the day of the concert, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3 via

Primus is known for its many 1990s hits, including “Tommy the Cat,” “John the Fisherman,” “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver,” “My Name is Mud” and “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.” They were one of the definitive bands of the 90s, with their blend of rock, funk, punk and other influences heard on MTV throughout the decade. Bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander, the lineup on the band’s most iconic albums including “Frizzle Fry” and “Pork Soda,” have reformed for this 2015 tour.

Dinosaur Jr. have always been a vehicle for J Mascis’ grungy guitar style, ragged vocals, and inward-looking lyrics—a combination that owed as much to Neil Young as to the post-punk fury of such early Eighties alternative pioneers as Hüsker Dü. Mascis has been tagged as a slacker — he’s known for his lethargic, reserved demeanor and reclusive lifestyle. But Dinosaur Jr. laid the groundwork for many breakthrough alt-rock acts of the Nineties, from Nirvana on down.

The Thompson’s Point outdoor venue will be located on the southern tip of the Point, adjacent to the recently restored section of the Union Station platform shed that was moved to Thompson’s Point in the 1960s. Thompson’s Point will have an initial capacity of 5,000 for concerts and festivals. The venue will be linked to Portland Trails for easy walking and biking access. The first concert at the venue, songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, was announced last week for June 28.

Emily Burnham

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