Interesting things happening in unconventional spaces. To me, this should be a basic tenet of any good cultural scene.
That kind of thing is happening tonight at Pakit Liquidators, a former building supply resale yard now suddenly a hub of creativity on Bend's east side. Planned: One part art show, one part fashion show, one part hip-hop show, all parts freak show.
Let's deal with the music first since that's the section you're in. Headlining will be Grayskul, the Seattle-based duo of Onry Ozzborn and JFK, both of the Oldominion crew. Onry and JFK do underground hip-hop heavily influenced by the sound and style of El-P's Def Jux label, but with a decidedly downcast vibe befitting their Northwest roots.
Grayskul is touring behind its dark, gritty new album “Zenith,” which, according to MTV Hive, “sounds like (it) was recorded 50 years from now in a spaceship littered with synthesizers.”
Also performing tonight: Seattle rapper Graves33, local live-band rap-rock band The HardChords and DJ Harlo. Also planned, according to organizer Gainon of The HardChords: art exhibits, live painting, “freaky fashion designs,” fire pits, and who knows what else. Gainon's email mentions swords, stilts, hula hoops and more.
Oh, and the cover goes to support local music education programs!
Grayskul, Graves 33, The HardChords and more; 9 tonight; $5; Pakit Liquidators, 903 S.E. Armour Road, Bend; www.j.mp/bendfreak.