It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for the past 51 years, but thanks to the music fans in Portland, Music Millennium is still here.
In 1989, as the store was figuring out how to celebrate its milestone of 20 years, Terry Currier said to Millennium’s original owner Don MacLeod, “How about 20 straight days of live performances”? “Where you going to do that?”, MacLeod responded. Terry pointed to the mezzanine, formerly known as the Upper, and a new tradition was born.
Now Music Millennium is known as the pioneer of live music in a record store. Since those 20 days, the store has hosted 4,500+ live performances.
Soundgarden, Lucinda Williams, Little Feat, Weezer, Richard Thompson, Sheryl Crow and Randy Newman have played the store and Steve Earle has flown to play for his last five releases.
Local musicians have always had a home there as well and Elliott Smith, Little Sue, Everclear, Portugal, The Man, Minus 5, Fernando and Yob are only a few of the names.
At presstime, Millennium is taking phone orders and bringing records to you curbside Mon-Sat, 10 am-7 pm, Sun 11 am-7 pm. Check their website for the latest at musicmillennium.com.