VIDEO: One last go round on Thompson’s Point before they tear it down

While development of the “Forefront”  – which will include a home for the Maine Red Claws and a clown college — goes forward, bands are losing their homes. It’s the same all over town. As Portland becomes cooler and more upscale, the rents go up and space for art gets hard to find.

Ben McCanna and Dylan Martin over at our media partner The Forecaster wrote a brilliant piece on the artistic pickle Portland’s creative community is finding itself in these days. Click on over there (after you watch my video, of course) and give it a read.

Casey McCurry and his bandmates in Sunset Hearts threw a party Friday night to say goodbye to their home of three years. They invited High Sprits, Wood Burning Cat and Mr. Neet to join them.

McCurry says he doesn’t know where the band will rehearse from now on. You can see Sunset Hearts open for the Psychedelic Furs this month at the Port City Music Hall in Portland.

 

Portland band Sunset Hearts performs Friday night at a farewell show for its longtime practice space on Thompson's Point. The building is slated for demolition as the point is redeveloped. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Portland band Sunset Hearts performs Friday night at a farewell show for its longtime practice space on Thompson’s Point. The building is slated for demolition as the point is redeveloped. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Casey McCurry, leader of the Portland band Sunset Hearts, performs at his longtime rehearsal space in an unused industrial building on Thompson's Point Friday night with his lyrics painted on the walls. The band hosted a show in the space to say goodbye. The building is slated for demolition as the point is redeveloped. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Casey McCurry, leader of the Portland band Sunset Hearts, performs at his longtime rehearsal space in an unused industrial building on Thompson’s Point Friday night with his lyrics painted on the walls. The band hosted a show in the space to say goodbye. The building is slated for demolition as the point is redeveloped. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

 

 

 

Troy R. Bennett

About Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.