Quintron and Miss Pussycat // Photo Credit: Cory Butcher
By Cory Butcher
Quintron and Miss Pussycat came to Dante’s Saturday night, bringing with them the best puppet show/dance party this writer has ever witnessed. I got there just in time to catch the last half of Cave’s set, and I wish I’d gotten there earlier. Their psych-drone rock was, in my opinion, RAD. Dutch duo zZz took the stage next, and despite only consisting of a drummer and an organist, they were pretty great. Also, their drummer sang, and singing drummers are always a plus. All the thumbs up.
Before Quintron started his set, the crowd was treated to a short puppet show from his wife, Miss Pussycat. Believe it or not, a story about a bear trying to win a bake-off with an evil cake actually set the mood for the set the followed perfectly. Armed with his patented Drum Buddy and Miss Pussycat providing additional vocals and maracas, Quintron played for almost 2 hours straight, and the energy in the crowd never waned. The (almost) one-man-band kept going, playing through technical difficulties, repairing equipment without ever stopping the show, and making an insane amount of wonderful noise from behind the hood of the car that contained god knows how many instruments. At the end of the night, he closed the set with crowd-favorite “Swamp Buggy Badass,” and extended jam of the Pink Panther theme song, and a lot of other stuff that I can’t really describe. Also, even though the crowd wasn’t that big, almost everyone at Dante’s was moving to the music, which is rare for any show in Portland. In short: if you ever get the chance to see Quintron, go see him, because he is great and the show is so different (in the best way) than most of the concerts that come through Portland.