Here’s some photos from the first Dark Arts Market:
It’s our annual Alice In Wonderland costume party! Come join us for a night of goth, industrial and darkwave music courtesy of the all-female dj crew- Perfidia, Ultrajet (pdx) and Refugium spinning dark classics all night long. Prize for best Wonderland-themed costume. $3 21+
This event is part of an Emerald City Gothic Weekend which includes a Dark Arts Market from 2-6 PM on Saturday the 11th
Followed by a concert from Felled, Black Magdalene, Soriah, and Atriarch at 9 PM ($12, 21+)
Happy Solstice to everyone who celebrates it, and other assorted holidays to the rest of you. :0)
This year has been incredible and we look forward to the spring.
I’m going to put out an end of the year request list before I head to Mexico for a bit. Including a tour of at least one goth bar in Mexico City along with the punk rock mercado. Super excited about that. I’m going to bring stuff back and start a pop up shop at ghost house. Not even kidding. The scene is amazing in the D. F.
I thank all of you that came out for our nights and also for the live shows and Black Rainbow, which (overheard) someone described as a not-very-gothy-goth-night. Well, that is true, but it is dark dance. There is a lamentable shortage of eyeliner and hairspray at that night, though. I blame myself for not modeling an example. The best I managed was a Marie Antoinette wig, which, no joke, I’ll wear around town next time I think of it. I’ve always wanted to be the local eccentric but OMG, have you seen the competition in this town???
OK, so short of requests, there are a few things I can’t stop listening to. They are: Slow by Twin Shadow, which will be too poppy for most of you; all of Altar Da Fey, and all of Forever Grey. And wow, the latest black tape for a blue girl is fucking great. AND, omg, the latest Black Marble release, which is just cake. Let them eat cake. Love you all, ❤ Refugium
Many things are happening in ghost world. Here’s a convenient list of upcoming events:
July 7th at 9 PM is a Ghost House Retrospective, featuring DJs Spidersound and Perfidia with resident Refugium. We will be playing sets from the request lists of the past 6 years and taking current requests. This will be the last Thursday for a while, so if that night works best for you please come take advantage of it.
July 28th is Black Rainbow, a queer dark electro night that takes place at the Wayward Lamb. DJs John The Revelator and Refugium. Though the classics of the canon can be heard here sometimes, the emphasis is on newer music which may or may not be industrial/ goth/ etc. depending on one’s parameters. The aesthetic is dark, though, and Ghost House regulars are emphatically welcome.
August 5th, a FRIDAY, Ghost House returns with guest djs to be announced– but probably not our usual stalwarts. Look for deep cuts and weird bands on this one.
September 3rd, a SATURDAY, finally! We will be moving to Saturdays from this night forward, with much relief. This means that John The Revelator can come back into the fold.
September 9th, a Friday, THE SPIRITUAL BAT (from Italy) and BLACK MAGDALENE (from Eugene with DJ Refugium spinning sets in & around. The Spiritual Bat is the most legitimate deathrock/ traditional goth band I’ve seen come through these parts and you owe it to yourself to mark this on the calendar if you’re one of the people who knows what 4AD is and can tell the difference between Rozz and Valor. They aren’t as well known in the US as they are in Europe, where they have been on the bill of festivals such as the Wroclaw Castle Party and Wave Gothik Treffen as well as touring extensively to play for appreciative audiences. We are lucky to be on their tour for a second time.
And finally Saturday, October 1st marks the Return of Owen. Not seen in these parts since the early days of Ghost House, he is a regular at Hive (Portland) and Dark Shadows (San Francisco). John The Revelator and I agree that he is one of our favorite djs ever.
Having taken a hiatus from updating this site, we’re now able to pay attention to it again. We have some great nights coming up at Old Nick’s and we hope you will come out, dress up, and dance!
First is the Cinco De Mayo Casa De Fantasmas. We will be highlighting some of the great goth and industrial coming out of Mexico and Latin America in the past few decades. There will be tacos and deathrock! DJ John The Revelator is joining Ghrimm and Refugium for the first time in several months! Come on down! Here’s an event link.
Second, on June 2nd, it will be another lady DJ extravaganza with Christy Hill, Perfidia and Refugium spinning dark dance from all decades.
And in July, there are rumors (to be confirmed) of a night from two local gentlemen who haven’t played in this capacity in a long time: Scott McGahan and Abe Nobody are considering stepping up to the wheels with their collections in hand.
Ghost House is usually on the first Thursday of the month if you are trying to plan in advance. It’s rare that we get the chance to play on a Friday or Saturday. We start at 9 and are 21 & over. We try not to charge a cover because we are the only people currently representing these genres and we want everyone to be able to come down. If you love us, buy drinks or slip us a tip. }:^D
As always, we thank you very much for listening and joining us in this dark delight.
*It’s the most wonderful time of the year*
The high of a Saturday Ghost House at which, finally, people were able to attend who never can come through the week, followed by the intimacy of a regular Thursday night at which we welcomed a few new faces, but mostly, got to hang out with old friends, has been wonderful. It’s refocused us on the future. Great things are planned. They are:
- Wednesday October 28th, 9 PM, the Hammered Lamb hosts us for a Ghost House 80’s costume party. We are super excited that the Lamb has opened and very honored to play there. DJs will be Refugium, John The Revelator, Perfidia, and maybe Ms. Christie Hill.
- Thursday, October 29th, 9 PM at Old Nicks, Shadow Age plays- they are a great postpunk band! Come on down!
- Saturday, October 31st- HALLOWEEN!- We will be joining Red Raven Follies for the horror themed cabaret “A Nightmare on Blair Street”. Sam Bond’s Garage, 9 PM. Ladies! Fake blood! Good music!
Thursday, November 5th is our SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Please join us at 9 pm at Old Nicks to celebrate. DJ Ultrajet from Portland is coming down to spin with us.
Thursday, November 19th- we will be hosting STRAP ON HALO, a wonderful and prolific band whose sound is usually described as trad goth. They have come from Omaha, Nebraska on an extended tour. No cover. Please save the date now for this great experience.
We look forward to dancing with you! ❤ DJ Refugium