Portland >Arts & Entertainment > Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.550877 -122.675383
Neighborhoods: Boise, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
I do run club here every Wednesday and it is hard to pass up their burgers and fries. You will not be disappointed!
Bad venue, Bad food, Avoid. – We ordered a vegan hamburger (no fries or any sides included) for $7 that tasted bland and was the size (and about the same flavor) of a white castle microwavable hamburger. Yes, it was vegan, but I've had better vegan food in Birmingham, Alabama. The door girl at the venue had a terrible "better than you" attitude and ignored us for several minutes after we walked up to her. When we finally got into the venue the sound system sounded as if all the speakers were blown and was cranked way beyond what was appropriate for the small space. I will never return to this venue for a show, drink, meal, or to use their dirty bathrooms. There are so many better places to see a show or eat in Portland.
A venue where playing music isn't encouraged – Mississippi studios is a nice enough place with a good building and friendly staff, but none of that really matters when it fails at the only thing that people are going to care about... being a venue. I've never heard of a curfew for a venue, but they had one and they sure did enforce it, making the main act get off the stage at 12:30 much to the surprise of the audience and the main act. The main act said they had no clue there was a cut off time and the venue made no effort to keep the openers to a decent set time. Easily the weakest showing i've ever seen by a venue and i won't be going back to this venue anytime soon.
Awesome Venue – I went for the first time to MS for a benefit. I am completely in love with the place - the people working there were awesome, the music great and I had a great time. Will definitely be back and will recommend to friends.
one of our favorite venues in PDX – never yet seen anything but great shows there
good room, great sound
Great place for an intimate show – I've been a performer at this venue, and was impressed by the sound system, the funky-chic ambiencee, and the quality of audiences that come in. With movie theater-style seating and an 80-person capacity, it's the perfect venue for an artist to express their full dynamic range, and really get their lyrics across. We loved playing there. On top of that, the restaurant right next door has great food and service.
Best place in Portland to run into your hot band crush! – Every time I go to Mississippi I marvel not only at the talent onstage, but off. What I mean is that the audience is usually comprised of local musicians as well as "civilians". What better compliment to the musical groups who get booked here than that all our local stars and talent are dying to see them too??? Portland is just that kind of town: artists supporting artists. And Mississippi Studios is at the heart of that action. Plus, with the remodel it is now a swank place to grab a snack and a drink while watching your favorite band.
Great Music, Fun Atmosphere – Mississippi Studios is a great place to hear great music. I really love seeing shows in smaller venues and this place is top notch! The staff are friendly, the performers are outstanding. I was one of the first guests when the place originally opened and now I try to catch at least one show there when I make it back to Portland.
Awesome little cozy venue! – This is one of the neatest little venues in Portland. It is truly representative of our little burgh. Fun and quirky without being pretentious.
Flexible space ideal for listener, performer, producer – I've been to the remodeled Mississippi Studios a few times. The space is divided into an entry atrium/dining/queueing area behind the front door, and then a second door past the bar area to the listening and performance area. The bar is open on both sides so you can see through from the atrium to watch the acts as well. Once in the listening area, you can go up stairs to a viewing gallery and seated balcony, with an upstairs restroom and green room behind that. The listening area seating can be configured from entirely open to entirely seated.
What all this gives you is a great set of personal options for eating, drinking, watching the performers from many angles. What it gives the producer is a lot of flexibility in the feel of the event: split bands on the main stage and above/behind it on the gallery, lighting options, seating/standing options to match the number of ticketholders and the feel you want to create. These options really allow you to create a mood where everyone benefits... make it standing/loud/rocky, or seated for chamber music, or anything in between.
This ability to set the balance means you can enjoy the music and the mood, and not be fighting the noisy people trying to get their drink on at a club, nor stumbling over screwed-down seats when they aren't appropriate to the performance. For photography, you can move all around to all the different sightlines. It's great.
Mr. Brunberg's got a really great idea going on here. I'm a happy patron.
Portland's Finest – This is a classic Portland venue...a great place to take visitors to get the ambience and culture of Portland
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