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Your favorite coffeeshop/venue/internet cafe has been told to get the money or get out. Help show the landlord that nothing else will do.
Johnny No Bueno
Small Business
97205, Oregon
United States
4 Team Members



Backspace is in Trouble.

Backspace is in jeopardy of losing their lease entirely, on top of a pleathora of late rent charges. We do have an pending lawsuit from ASCAP/BMI but we are just hoping to make it into the next year to deal with that when it comes. We could handle one of these things at a time, but because of the perfect storm of these financial dilemmas, during the holiday season nonetheless, we have to ask for your help.

We have basically been told by the landlord that if we can't come up with a substantial amount of money, by the 1st of January, that we will be thrown out.  We are asking for $10,000 to take care of these two dillemmas, and give us a cushion to carry through operation into, and hopefully through, the new year.

If Backspace closes it means we would no longer be able to play a pivotal role in being a community space for the people of Portland.  We wouldn't be able to house benefits for local non-profits.  We wouldn't be able to give bands an all-ages venue to play in.  We wouldn't be able to hold one of the most awesome poetry slams in the world.  You would no longer be able to step off the MAX, step into our doors and get the perfect cup of coffee that you depend on to start the day.  Local writers would be asked to create in less than genuine venues.  Employees would lose their jobs.  


We Don't Want Something for Nothing.

Because we believe of the importance of our role in the Portland arts community, we have the bands, the artists, the writers and the organizations that support our mission to help us show you the importance of our doors staying open.  Bands are donating music, shirts, posters, performances.  Local writers and publishers are donating whole packages of books.   

If you donate to help us keep our doors open, there are some awesome packages of gifts from members of our ever widening community to show their thanks.  

We understand it is holidays and people are broke.  If you can't afford to donate, please share with your friends.  Come in and buy a coffee, come to one of our awesome shows we have set up before the new year.  Join us on New Year's Eve.

(*Keep your eyes peeled to this page, for as packages are taken, they will be replaced with new ones, as IndieGoGo only allows a limited number of packages to be active at any given time.*)

Backspace is community.  Backspace is art.  Backspace is progress.  Backspace is taste.  Backspace is style.  Backspace is people.  So are you.  So is Portland.

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This campaign ended on December 31, 2012
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  • $5USD
    Cup O Joe Package

    Here is a little package for those on a tighter budget. You get a free coffee and our eternal thanks.

    63 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $20USD
    I Heart Baristas Package

    For this package the donor receives guest list to one show of your choosing at Backspace and a complimentary coffee.

    74 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $25USD
    Coffee Night Fever

    Each person who chooses this package will receive 2 complimentary coffees and entrance to our New Years Eve Party.

    22 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $40USD
    Jonny X & Groadies Package

    1 Upheavel on Titan 12" Volume 1 CD TV Patry: Re-Runs and Lost Episodes Poster Digital download

    1 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012

    Typhoon Package #2

    Typhoon wanted to give us another pack to get away. So again, for donating, you get a CD, a vinyl, t-shirt and poster.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012

    Microcosm Publishing Package

    A grab bag of 5 books/ zine compilations/ dvds from Microcosm Publishing. Featuring work from Nate Powell, Joe Biel, and many many others

    8 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012

    Adorn Body Art Package

    Free piercing with jewelery purchase and 50 dollars off of your next tattoo at Adorn Body Art.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012

    Arcade Fire Poster !

    Framed 18x24 Screenprinted poster for Arcade Fire's September 20, 2005 Crystal Ballroom show

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $70USD
    Perfect Day Publishing Package

    Local press, Perfect Day Publishing is excited to offer packs of their current titles in print. "Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension" by Michael Heald, "Love is Not Constantly Wondering If You are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life" by Anonymous, "One More for the People," by Martha Grover, "Yeah. No. Totally." by Lisa Wells. http://perfectdaypublishing.com/

    6 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $80USD
    University of Hell Package

    Local publisher, University of Hell Press, is excited to offer a copy of their current 6 titles in print; "Loser Makes Good," "Piss Artist," and "Idiot Parade" by Greg Gerding, "the I in team" by Eirean Bradley, "HERE" by Lindsey Kugler, and "We Were Warriors" by Johnny No Bueno. http://www.universityofhellpress.com/

    9 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $250USD
    Portland Poetry Slam Package

    You get 2 permanently reserved seats (front row!) for the entire 2013 calendar year. You also receive 1 book or cd from the touring poet for every show you attend. That's possibly 50 books of underground poetry from all over the nation!

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Party Like It's 2013 Package

    We host your private party here at Backspace, on the date of your choosing. We provide 200 drink tickets, Barefoot wine tasting, free play on all games, DJ included, appetizers for 100.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2012
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