Prepaid Friends Presents

Chris Margolin

with Purusa, JJ Braves
350 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR
Sat July 27, 2024
Doors: 7:00 pm / SHOW: 8:00 pm PDT
Ages 21 and Up
Chris Margolin & The Contraband
Forget your dusty notions of Americana. Chris Margolin & The Contraband aren't here for sepia-toned nostalgia. They're a Portland-based outfit hell-bent on resurrecting the genre with a shot of adrenaline and a fistful of heartbreak.

Margolin (The Dregs, Dead Bird Collection, Lucy Gray, Cedars & Crows), a smoky-voiced veteran of the scene, leads the charge with lyrics that weave tales of grit and glory, regret, and redemption. Backed by a band as tight as a gambling debt – Mike Buffam's guitar solos slap like the desert sun, Austin Crook (Shelter Red) lays down a bassline as steady as a heartbeat, and Aaron Arbogast smashes the drums with the fury of a thunderstorm – they conjure a sound that's equal parts barroom brawl and backwoods gospel revival.

Their debut album, "Carnival Station," isn't a collection of polite campfire singalongs. It's a raw, whiskey-soaked odyssey that grabs you by the collar and doesn't let go. So, if you're looking for Americana with a pulse, a band that'll leave you breathless and begging for more, then keep your eyes peeled for Chris Margolin & The Contraband.


Purusa is an alternative rock band, originally formed in Portland in 1999 by lead singer Kris Kirkman and guitarist Zach Hinkelman.  The band has built their reputation over the years touring throughout the West Coast with their blend of blues rock guitar and soul drenched vocals.  They released top selling local albums and generated some modest college radio airplay nationally, leading them to share the stage with many national acts such as Joe Bonamassa, Sponge, Glen Phillips, Geoff Tate, Indigenous, Dada, Chris Whitley, OURS and more.
JJ Braves
JJ Braves is a rock artist from Los Angeles on a mission to rattle the foundations of venues from coast to coast with his bombastic sound influenced by 80's radio hits blended with alternative rock from the 90's and 2000's. With JJ on stage, you can expect massive electric guitar sounds, gigantic synths and soaring vocals supported by aggressive drums and a powerful stage presence that's sure to leave audiences energized and engaged. 
Chris Margolin
Purusa is an indie rock band, originally formed in 1999 by lead singer Kris Kirkman and guitarist Zach Hinkelman.  The band built their reputation over the next 4 years along the West Coast producing two top selling albums for Northwest Artists, and sharing bills with numerous established national performers such as Joe Bonamassa, Glen Phillips, Dada, Chris Whitley, Bernie Worrell and more.  
A decade long breakup ended in 2014 with a reunion that inspired the release of the long shelved third album ‘Repair’ that included the single ‘Breaking Down’ which subsequently garnered enough airplay to chart at FMQB for 9 weeks peaking at #49 in March of 2016.  In August 2016 the band released the EP ‘Soundtrack’ which generated some minor college radio airplay at 47 stations across the country and helped land a licensing deal.  
In 2019 the band released a new full length full album ‘Amnesia’ which spawned two hit singles on Spotify with ‘Julien’ generating over 12K streams and ‘Memory’ over 30K in just over three months.  The band has also shared the stage recently with Sponge, Sweet Water and 7Horse.
JJ Braves