Secret Creatures: A Reading & Show with Opossum feat. Hutch Harris, Shayla Lawson, The Weak Knees, Mule On Fire

Secret Creatures: A Reading & Show with Opossum feat. Hutch Harris, Shayla Lawson, The Weak Knees, Mule On Fire

Fri, March 29, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$10 advance ● $10 cash at the door

Opossum Magazine treads the fence line twixt music and literature - LIVE! Shayla Lawson and her Oceanographers explore the depths of Frank Ocean; The Thermals' Hutch Harris plays a rare solo set; and Opossum contributors Elena Passarello, Tatiana Ryckman, Cyrus Cassells, Melissa Stephenson - and many more read their work. Local acts Mule on Fire and The Weak Knees get you nodding your head and moving your feet, all midst the red velvet curtains of Portland's Secret Society. A small cover goes to the bands. First 25 through the door get a free copy of Opossum!

Tickets will be sold online until 1pm on the day of the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold for cash at the door beginning at 7pm.

OPOSSUM Literary Journal - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
OPOSSUM Literary Journal
OPOSSUM is a biannual literary magazine featuring work animated by music. The journal publishes two print issues per year, each including a 7-inch vinyl record of author readings! After each printing, OPOSSUM trickle out all contributors’ work to the website where it is freely available to share.
Hutch Harris
Hutch Harris
Hutch Harris founded and was the lead singer/songwriter of Portland post-pop-punk band The Thermals with whom he toured fifteen countries and released seven records on the labels Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars, and Saddle Creek. Now performing and releasing music under his own name, Harris is also a record producer with Destination: Universe.
The Weak Knees
The Weak Knees
Exploring tales of vengeful ghost cars, random dream encounters, and everyday oddballs lurking on street corners, the Weak Knees have been described as "like Devo meets Lou Reed in a dark alley."

Based in Portland, Oregon, the three piece are part artsy minimalism, Motown-inspired bass, clean explosive guitar and groove-based rock.

Throw in songs about social implosions at lame dance parties and a Talking Heads-ish vibe, and the band borders on the edge of a New Wave-ish sound.

Bjorn van der Voo: vocals, guitar
James McDermott: guitar, backing vocals
Shawn Lawson Freeman: drums
Mule On Fire
Mule On Fire
Mule On Fire bring their own particular Northwest weave of acoustic blues, folk, and traditional music. Hailing from Portland and Corvallis, Oregon, they’ve played a variety of stages, barns, backyards, and campfires, and have deep musical and literary roots.

George Estreich plays guitar, mandolin, resonator, lap steel, keyboards, and a few more instruments he hasn’t quite invented yet. He's the author of a book of poems, Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body, and a memoir, The Shape of the Eye, which won the 2012 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction.

Marty Main grew up playing in the West Coast Trad Jazz scene in bands with his father. He was a jazz studies major with an award-winning college big band, and subsequently played ska and noise-pop in the San Francisco Bay Area. After many years in the recording studio as an engineer, producer, and part-time session musician, he moved to Corvallis and retired from music for 15 years. George found him in a wine-fueled jam session and dragged him off the musical retirement woodpile to play bass in his multitude of music endeavors, including Mule On Fire.

Matt Yurdana is a guitarist and vocalist who got his start singing in the shower. Matt’s book of poems, Public Gestures, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He’s received an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and his poems have appeared in a variety of places, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, The North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review.
Shayla Lawson
Shayla Lawson
Shayla Lawson's work has appeared in print & online at Tin House, GRAMMA, ESPN, Salon, The Offing, Guernica, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, & MiPOesias. She is the author of: A Speed Education in Human Being, PANTONE & I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean.

She works on The Tenderness Project, and is also a 2017 Oregon Literary & MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2018 Yaddo fellowship and RACC Grant recipient & a member of The Affrilachian Poets.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212