Loadstar in Portland



Some acts resonate with bonafide bass heritage. It’s nothing tangible. It’s not something you can wear or say. It’s certainly not something you can buy. It’s about roots. Something Nick Hill and Gavin Harris are reminded of every day... The Loadstar laboratory is the very same studio Roni, Die and Krust established their massively influential Full Cycle brand almost 20 years ago. The legacy isn’t lost on them. Bristol-born Gavin was a card carrying bass addict before he even knew it. Rave tapes were common amongst kids as young as eight in the city. Older brothers and sisters sharing the knowledge with wide-eyed passion... By the time Gavin was 15 he was sneaking into illicit venues in the city’s notorious Stokes Croft district, mesmerised by the on-going ‘Bristol sound’ experiments Roni and co were making.Nick’s journey into drum & bass couldn’t be more different. Brought up 60 miles due east in the sleepy, well-heeled town of Newbury, his route came via a classic Chemical Brothers epiphany. By the time he logically progressed to Bukem he thought he was the only boy on the planet who understood and appreciated the work of Good Looking. He was certainly the only boy in his school with such a deep D&B connection. Loadstar thrives off such contrast. Nick, a classically trained musician with theory dutifully drilled into his cortex from the age of six, and Gavin, an engineering wunderkind who knows mixdowns like a cabbie knows London, complement each other in many ways. Of course neither of them knew this when Gavin first booked Nick for a D&B night he was running in Liverpool. Two university students with a shared love for drum & bass and a few releases to their name, they knew they had something in common... but it wasn’t for a few years until they really capitalised on the creative potential of a partnership.Armed with strong solo profiles as Xample and Lomax, Gavin and Nick were reunited in Bristol. At a drum & bass night, naturally. While the duo maintained their individual output with big releases on labels suchas Spearhead, Critical and Ram’s new talent celebrating imprint Frequency, behind the scenes something much bigger was developing: Something that consolidated their extensive discographies (totalling well over 100 records between them) and elevated their sound to an exciting new level... Something we now know as Loadstar.The name Loadstar came about through an in-joke about a dodgy old Akai sampler and a box of old Commodore 64 games gathering dust in Gavin’s studio. The sound they launched with has a much better story, though... It was ‘Link To The Past’. One of this decade’s biggest drum & bass tunes, it sang to every shade of D&B DJ and still commands rewinds to this day. Thanks to the distinctively savage, elongated, distorted bassline Loadstar literally tore into the scene. In the three years that have passed since that scene-scorching debut, Loadstar’s currency gets stronger and stronger: Each release showcasing a stylistic range that pushes them deeper into every corner of the dance. From the daytime Radio1-listed turbo-bass ballad ‘Space Between’ to the demonic, Prodigy-level aggression of ‘Vatican Roulette’ via the Benny Banks-fronted ‘Black & White’, their exciting debut adventure into new tempo territories, Loadstar releases are as excitingly unpredictable as they are expertly produced. Stretching themselves deeper into the dance again, late 2012 saw Loadstar launching their own live show. 
A complete audio/visual spectacular, the duo now enthral even larger crowds with their unique combination of their own material and sneaky references to the wider world of electronic music. Powered by Ableton, Pioneer MIDI controllers, synths, a Launchpad and some of the most captivating visuals seen this side of Andy C’s Alive show, few things say ‘next level’ likea live show of Loadstar proportions. Somehow amid the singles, the live show, and remixes of household names such as Rudimental, Noisia, Breakage, Chase & Status and Wolfgang Gartner, they’ve also created their debut album: ‘Future Perfect’. Eschewing the standard concept of squeezing out an LP in two months, they’ve been writing ‘Future Perfect’ since Loadstar first began. The advantage of time has ensured each of the long player’s 22 tracks are as impeccably produced and relevant as they can possibly be... Spanning from Scrufizzer-fronted hip-hop heaviness (‘Do You Feel Me’) to euphoric, laser-grabbing electro-bass hybrids (‘Losing You’), ‘Future Perfect’ showcases their broadest range yet and embraces everything about bass music that scintillates and satisfies while remaining wholly true to their drum & bass roots


In today's day and age, the over-saturated music market is adulterated with countless acts wielding no true passion. They pollute our beloved music scene for the wrong reasons. That being said, Detcord is the antithesis of the above statement. Robert Kruser is a self-taught musician through and through, requiring no class or synthetically-obtained abilities, and his organic tendency to take on a project he is ambitious of is wholeheartedly natural. Although his sights are set on producing in the near future, being a perfectionist motivates him to master his abilities behind a set of decks first. 

He got his first taste of the Battlefield in 2013 in the desert of Arizona. Once established and accepted by our 174 scene, he was billed on large majority our esteemed - events. He astonished crowds from every festival from Bloodfest to Mary-X-Mas, and was asked to return to Bloodfest 3 years in a row, after that. Soon after, he graced the stages in California at Big Bass Theory, sending yet another message by carving his name into the halls of drum and bass, one state at a time.

Now, Detcord has taken his final leap into the Seattle drum and bass scene, where he courageously entered in the 2017 DnB Battles and placed 1st, in round one. His affiliations include Binary, DNB Tuesdays Seattle and Junglist Radio. Over the next few years, we recommend you take proper notice of this man and his creative ambitions, before long- he'll be sharing his signature sound with the world.


Detcord added to the bill

The Midnight Sun Show: Tonebox & Lucy In Disguise


We are proud to announce SCPDX's 2nd event, The Midnight Sun show: 

Lucy in Disguise
Mellow Fields


These Cyber Future Synthwave artist's first destination of their "Midnight Sun" Tour will take place in our beautiful synth city and we couldn't be more excited to kick it off right for them.
Joining them will be Portland's own PSYK doing a very special set to start the night off!


What’s Kookin is a variety show. Consisting of drag queens and drag kings local to Portland, it’s twice a month at bit house saloon! Come on down and enjoy some hand crafted cocktails and Latin inspired food and of course the entertainment

sMu + Doug Theriault and Code Talkers

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Stochastic Mettle Union + Doug Theriault and Code Talkers + an improvisation featuring all three projects to close the night .



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Throw, Completely Detached, GFL at Bit House Saloon

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no dicks allowed
only one jerk allowed onstage at once

Throw (shitty music)

Completely Detached (not your grandmas rock band)

GFL (golf for life?, girls feed leopards?, good fucking lasagne?, gators flood louisiana?) who knows 

one night only. Tell your friends or quickly make some and then tell them.


NoFOMO is an inclusive monthly event produced by a queer collective dedicated to Portland's homegrown cosmic dance music sounds. Resident DJs Sappho, Stormy Roxx, and the Prey plus special guests, first Fridays upstairs at Bit House Saloon.

The Autonomous Series - Karyn Ann, Hayley Lynn, Laryssa Birdseye, Agyei Marshall

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The Autonomous Series are solo artist focused shows at Bit House Saloon 

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4. Karyn Ann

3. Hayley Lynn 

2. Laryssa Birdseye 

1. Agyei Marshall 


Olivia Awbrey / Elly Swope / Bridal Veil / Slippery Eyes

Madness Takeover


Madness Productions Presents:


Get ready for a night of face melting bass with some of Portland's most talented local up and comers!

Doors open @ 8:00

$5 pre-sales available. Please contact:

Eric Steele (503) 544-3332
Downtown, NW, SE, NE, Gresham, 

Nick Hubbard (503) 481-3801
PSU, Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro

Jacob Akaka (808) 854-3743
Oregon City, Clackamas, SE Portland, Downtown Portland

Feels Machine

Blood Klotz


Johnny Nothing


The Sexbots Cat Party Album Release

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One woman art-pop trickster The Sexbots is back with a rap album about losing it and becoming a cat lady. This is The Sexbots' Cat Party with kitty go-gos, a cat lady costume contest, and a pet psychic.

Towards the end of 2017, The Sexbots’ Ilima Considine called her work as she walked out of the courthouse with a stalking order against a co-worker. The Sheriff’s Department was going to serve him during his shift the next day. Her workplace responded by cutting her schedule to 5 hours a week- virtually firing her, because, “You’re the one with the problem.” Ilima was so mad that she went home and wrote a rap album about losing all her fucks and becoming a cat lady. Recurring themes of violence, street harassment, loneliness and quietly watching one’s life disintegrate - The Sexbots’ seventh full-length album “I Always Knew You Were a Bitch” is titled after a common response to a sexually unavailable woman or one who protects other women. Like the rest of the Sexbots’ catalogue, there is a surface prettiness to the sound which belies the dark lyrical content. It’s a rap album- but not a hip hop album, kind of like Jhene Aiko meets Serge Gainesbourg. Bell chimes and cosmic sounds tie together tracks from Oregon producers T-Walk, DJ Ceez, Adaptr, and Eugene’s wild child Asol. 

Last known, the State of Oregon was pursuing an Extreme Risk Protective Order against Ilima’s stalker. She now has a safer day job.

The Sexbots is an international avant-pop experiment led by Ilima Considine, a queer Asian single mom who sets her inimitable vocals against electronic soundscapes from hiphop producers around the world.


Elton Cray

This isn't glitter gay- openly gay MC Elton Cray brings the grit to gay rap, with classic vinyl-sampling, doom-tinged boom bap beats. Vision, hunger, and the perspective of the perennial outsider whose flow lulls with its smoothness until each calculated hard consonant hits like a slap on the side of the face.


Hosted by James Barela
He hosts a comedy night called "Sincerity is Gross" but I mostly follow him because of the food pictures that he posts of Facebook. Dude can eat and I get fat just looking at the pictures. He also appears as the dirty plumber- full butt crack mode in The Sexbots video "A List of Things I've Done Wrong".

Special guest- MIRA DEATH!!!!!!!


What’s Kookin is a variety show. Consisting of drag queens and drag kings local to Portland, it’s twice a month at bit house saloon! Come on down and enjoy some hand crafted cocktails and Latin inspired food and of course the entertainment

Syn Ætheria Project presents Astral Extasis- An Experience With Ritual Hook Suspension

A dream induced evening of ritual magic, trance, performance art, music, and flesh hook suspension.


On an ephemeral journey through astral waters we walk the precipice to the brink of ecstasis to liberate the imagination.
May we consciously actualize these dreams so our lives reflect the desires of our higher self and divine purpose.

—Titano Oddfellow-
the ancient art of testing the mortal coil

—Emblanic Voice-
-Hilary Lobitz and Dustin Shultz
an elemental journey of blood magic, emersive electronics, and soaring vocals into the depths

a luminescent waltz into the shadow

—Darkly Sisters-
-Ophelia and Cordelia Darkly
a sensory adventure into astral water

pure psychic automatism, by which one intends to express, sonically, the real functioning of the mind

—Ogo Eion

—Viktor Nova

—Etheric Rising-
a flesh hook suspension

union of the subtle body with the cosmic dream

with Hilary Lobitz, Dustin Shultz, Brien Sherman, Carina Cassone and Michelle Pacheco

Valentine's Gypsy Jazz Dance At The Bit house Saloon!

Gypsy Jazz is for lovers! Join the Ensemble Gitane Thursday, February 14th to dance the night away in the arms of the one you love!

Come spend the most romantic night of the year dancing to the sweet and hot sounds of Paris in the '30s. The Ensemble Gitane features Portland favorites Twayn Williams and Hamody Hindi on guitar, James Cook on double-bass, and Sammuel Murry-Hawkins on flute and vocals.
$12/door $10/advance (tickets available at 360-989-6517)
8 PM - 21+
Bit House Saloon
727 SE Grand Ave,
Portland, OR 97214
Cocktail/Semi-Formal attire suggested

Flight : ELITE FLEET 6

Flight: ELITE FLEET 6:

Elite Fleet is a show that is dedicated to Portland's LOCAL cream of the crop top notch dj's. Together they will bring this spectacular event to life with only the best HOUSE:TECH:ACID:DISCO!


Sheppard (Savory Events)
(Peter Sheppard)

J.Shayps (Team Sexy)

Dream Brigade
(Daniela & Derrick)

Zita (Maven and Muse Entertainment)

PHOTO'S: Pocho's Cosas

VISUALS: ÍON Laser & Projection

Sound: One Wub

Landing Pad: Bit House Saloon


If there's a problem or if anything is wrong let us know (staff) Report any suspicious activity or harassment It will be dealt with immediately. Thank you for helping us make FLIGHT a safe place. Cheers!

SORIAH - LIVE @ Bit House Saloon /MUD TURTLE - 2/16

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Join us for an evening of Ceremony and Vocalized Ritual Drone. Featuring all new material from the upcoming album “Gnostic”.
FUNDRAISER to help cover the costs of participating in SXSW in Austin.

With special guests:
Tiare Tashnick
& Sylvia Blacktooth

Soriah, which translates as “Pleiades” in Arabic, is the stage persona for the internationally recognized artist, Enrique Ugalde. Soriah’s craft is a blending of traditional Khöömei (Tuvan Throat Singing), tempered with Soriah’s own visceral force. Performances vary from being steeped in tradition and bound to its constructs to more experimental fascinations with electronic and acoustic accompaniments, and introducing Butoh and Ritual Performance Art. Soriah’s use of Khöömei as a transportive medium is an offering to nature in her own tongue, that of organic sound whether it be wind, water or the mimicry of animals.

Soriah takes an annual sabbatical to Tuva to study with various masters and to compete. The 2008 Fifth Quinquennial Ethnomusicology Symposium, “Khöömei: The Cultural Phenomenon of Central Asia”, has honored Enrique Ugalde, “Third Place”, the highest a non-native to Tuva has yet placed. The Üstüü-Khüree Festival awarded him “Best Foreigner” for their 2008 selection, in 2014 he won 2nd place in the National Kargyraa Competition and at the 2016 Tuvan National Kargyraa Competition, he won “The Greatest Developer of Kargyraa”. The rest of the year Soriah travels the globe with extended tours performing in various cities and enclaves of Japan, crooning in the cathedrals and ruins of Mexico, and intoning in ocean caves and amidst the swamplands of America. The artist has been invited to perform at society events such as The 2009 Peace Ball in Washington, D.C. for Obama’s inauguration, and by brigand artist elites, to sing at various installations of note at the Burning Man Festival.

One becomes encased in an awe-laced ceremonial pallor while in attendance at a Soriah performance. A deep spiritualism imbues each piece performed, whether entirely traditional or exhibiting a fusion of music, movement and meditation that Soriah describes as Vocalized Ritual Drone.


Simple Stories from the Sidelines. Whispered Wives Tales and Quiet Rhymes And Rhythms.


featuring Tiare Tashnick


Tiare Tashnick (F.K.A. Nagasita) is an internationally renowned, breakthrough fusion dance artist who specializes in Classical Temple Fusion, Tribal Bellydance and Ritual Theatre. She is currently pouring her creative heart and soul into the launch of her new visionary living theatre company Valôuria and collaborating with noteworthy artists in the realm of ceremony such as SORIAH, Subaqueous and Rigzin.

Mannequins In Cages/ Couch Street/ Jupiter Trip

A night of rock music at the Bit House Saloon. Doors at 7:00, music starts at 8:00

21+ / $6 cover

Mannequins In Cages
Mannequins In Cages is a group of friends who met through the open mic scene in Southeast Portland. They combine a wide range of vocal styles and draw on political and emotional lyrical themes to create a high-energy sound that's equal parts punk-rock and whatever you want it to be.

Couch Street
Ever heard of "dab rock"? Now you have. Pronounced like the furniture, not the street. Don't ask me--I just write the descriptions.

Jupiter Trip
Bringing the Funk in Portland, OR

The Mizar 5 return to Bit House Saloon with guests The Horns Of Soul

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7pm doors
$5 - $10 sliding scale
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The Mizar 5ive

We come from varied and storied pasts to congregate on the far out waypost known as The Mizar 5ive. Our One Unifying Principle: A deep history of admiration, consternation, and supplication to the jazz-infused late 20th century sounds of Steely Dan. Are you on the margins? Are you a philanderer? A lout? An unobtainable woman? A bookkeeper’s son? Do you detect the El Supremo? Do you like to take a yo-yo for a ride? We get it. We know you and love you. Come nearer to us and together we will share the poison wine and watch the sun go brown.

Where we’ve been:

We have studied and shedded the wood in squalid hovels of all sorts, be they the hallowed halls of music schools, church basements, derelict warehouses, or what have you. We've been through it. Have you?

Opening up the night are The Horns Of Soul


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What’s Kookin is a variety show. Consisting of drag queens and drag kings local to Portland, it’s twice a month at bit house saloon! Come on down and enjoy some hand crafted cocktails and Latin inspired food and of course the entertainment



NoFOMO is an inclusive monthly event produced by a queer collective dedicated to Portland's homegrown cosmic dance music sounds. Resident DJs Sappho, Stormy Roxx, and the Prey plus special guests, first Fridays upstairs at Bit House Saloon.


NoFOMO is an inclusive monthly event produced by a queer collective dedicated to Portland's homegrown cosmic dance music sounds. Resident DJs Sappho, Stormy Roxx, and the Prey plus special guests, first Fridays upstairs at Bit House Saloon.