Played in a metal band in Portland back in 2007 and the scene was terrible. Nobody ever turned up for shows, it was pay to play, no promotion ever for anything.
Did a show in April at Ash St Saloon and it totally kicked ass. Big turnout, good pay, good treatment, good everything.
Not sure if the scene has gotten better or if my new band is just much better.
"Life Before Death, Strength Before Weakness, Journey Before Destination"
Wanglecaster->Mesa M9 Carbine->Willy Nilly