Geno’s Pub – Portland Maine

When I was growing up in Portland Maine, there was a nifty place where all the local bands got their chance to play out. Geno’s Pub was a little underground seedy dive of a place, where all the garage bands and punk rock kids could get on stage and tear it up. The place had the best vibe, and was a great place to see a show. I’ve been to clubs in all the major US cities, and honestly, Geno’s really had them all beat. The place just oozed rock and/or roll.

Since I have a huge collection of recordings from way back in the 80’s and 90’s, I thought it would be neat to put together a set of bands that played at Geno’s Pub regularly.

First up is a tune titled Paris by the 80’s band V; – (Thanks Gary for sending me this great CD-R of V; – people send me your original music, I will play it!) Next up is a band that often played out with V; it’s the band Ghost Walks performing a studio version of Malice with their good friend Conni St. Pierre reading poetry in the background. Pretty cool. After that the greatest band to ever grace Geno’s stage: The Gorehounds whip out Bad. The early 80’s punk band T-2 rehearse their song, Deranged, and we finish the set with the 90’s act, Head Cleaner closing the show with Time To Go.

Geno’s Pub has since moved to Congress street, and I have yet to see the new space. I can only hope that it will be just as sleezy and run down as the original pub, as it really had an ambiance that was hard to beat. Rock on!

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