Some of Portland's most famous '80s rockers united at the Crystal Ballroom in honor of legendary club owner Tony DeMicoli. In the early 1980s, Portland experienced a golden age of homegrown live music where fans filled clubs to listen to local bands that would soon sign major label deals and tour internationally. At the center of it, DeMicoli was one of the most respected club owners and promoters of the era—starting with his essential punk and art rock venue The Long Goodbye, followed by Luis’ La Bamba Club, and then finally Key Largo, which he owned and managed for over a decade. DeMicoli provided a stage for hundreds, if not thousands, of artists over his club career, and on Sunday, July 16, three of the biggest draws from the '80s—Nu Shooz, Quarterflash and Jon Koonce of Johnny and the Distractions—got together for one night only! Those in attendance relived the glory days in tribute to Tony DeMicoli, recognizing the impact he had on live music in Portland.
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