Critically acclaimed Portland based band Blitzen Trapper is an eclectic quintet whose music draws on elements of rock, folk, and country. Formed in 2000, the band finally settled on the name Blitzen Trapper in 2003, a moniker based on lead singer Eric Earley’s middle school girlfriend’s drawings of her favorite reindeer on her Trapper Keeper binder. Recording sessions for their eponymous debut album were followed by pool games at a Mexican bar while drinking tequila and watching Blazers games, so you know their Portland roots are legitimate!
So it’s fitting that Blitzen Trapper’s latest project is also very “Portland”: A show presented by Portland Center Stage at The Armory, called “Wild & Reckless” that combines new music with old favorites from the band’s catalog. More than just a concert, “Wild & Reckless” tells the “sci-fi love story” of two young people “on the run” in a “futuristic vision of Portland’s past”.
“A World Premiere!
Portland folk rockers Blitzen Trapper refuse to be pinned down and boxed in. The acclaimed band has mixed genre after genre into their musical arsenal over the fifteen years of playing together. Now they’re unleashing their sound — and knack for lyrical storytelling — on the PCS stage. They’ve mined their Oregonian roots to create a show that asks: What’s the sound of a life falling through the cracks? Fusing the energy of a rock concert with the imaginative possibility of the theater, Blitzen Trapper and PCS join forces in this new project, tracing the unforgettable stories of ordinary Americans caught in an extraordinary struggle to not get left behind..”
“Wild & Reckless” promises to be a unique blend of rock concert and stage play. Previews are already under way, and opening night is this Friday, March 24th. The show runs through April 30th. Performances are approximately 90 minutes with no intermission and are recommended for ages 17 and up, with kids under 6 not permitted. Expect smoke and strobe lights, and other R-rated elements. Tickets start at $25.
To complement the theme of kids on the run through Portland’s past, I suggest pairing a viewing of “Wild & Reckless” with a run through Old Town or up to the Pittock Mansion. And what would be more “Wild & Reckless” than a fast run along a section of the Wildwood Trail?