Boys in Blue

photo by Ian McCormick

By Elona Trogub

The Patchwork family band came together during the turbulent times of the Occupy Portland camp. Musicians from all over gathered together to write songs, providing the soundtrack for the revolution in the parks of Chapman and Lownsdale. Nary a bench lacked a guitar or harmonica to share the truth of the day in rhythm and measure.

According to Jackie Miller, a good friend of the band, “‘Boys in Blue’ is a song by Justin James Bridges about his experience of police brutality at the eviction of Occupy Portland on November 13, 2011. As a result of the attack, he is in a wheelchair and does not have full feeling or movement in his right hand or right leg. On Christmas Eve, he regained enough use of his thumb to pluck guitar and formed the band Patchwork Family with other Occupy Portland friends. Their upcoming album, “Beyond Eviction”, will be released on 4/20/12 and will be available for FREE download here. Occupier Jesi LoPresto put together the video.”

If you’re an Oregon medical marijuana cardholder, join the band at their CD release party on April 20 at 4:20 p.m. at the World Famous Cannabis Cafe, 322 SE 82nd Ave. If you don’t smoke–or have smoked too much to drum up the motivation to get a card–word on the street is that there’s another CD release party in the works.

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  4 comments for “Boys in Blue

  1. April 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    The CD release party for the general public has been set for May 2nd at the Pub at the END of the Universe in SE Portland!

  2. April 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    more information on the CD release party at the Pub can be found here

  3. April 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    I am so going to the 4-20 event! This song ROCKS!!!

  4. Jackie
    April 13, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    You can also catch Patchwork Family tonight (Friday) at the Queen of Hearts in SE Portland and Sunday at the Hanford rally.

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