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Media Studies

All Ages Are All The Rage: Examining the Changing Climate of All Ages Music Shows in Portland, Oregon

Margolis, Robin ('09);  Lerner, Jessie*
*Pitzer College, Claremont CA

In the past year the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) introduced an amendment to its Minor Postings rules, allowing music venues greater freedom to hold all age concerts. I set out to document what effects, if any, the change has had on bands and venues, while also trying to trace the history of how all ages shows have worked in the many years prior to the change. In order to pursue this question, I gathered a combination of interviews and live footage of bands in a variety of different all ages art spaces. I also teamed up with another videographer to cover a local concert series and a local music festival. I found that there already existed a thriving alternative to more restrictive commercial music venues. The change in OLCC policy mostly seemed to enable commercial venues to began to capitalize on a growing sense that all ages shows hold a cultural capital of their own.
Funding provided by: Stonehill Grant

Research at Pomona