Cannabis And Classical Music Unite At This Portland House Concert

McCormick Mansion last year, pairing each piece with a different HiFi strain.

McCormick Mansion last year, pairing each piece with a different HiFi strain.

By Rebecca Jacobson

(Courtesy of Portland Monthly)

Portlanders can already get high and do yoga, get high and glaze some pottery, or get high and play Dungeons and Dragons. And now, they can get high and take in a classical music concert in the living room of a Southeast Portland mansion

Friday, January 26 brings the inaugural HiFi-muse, a collaboration between cannabis company HiFi Farms and Groupmuse, a social platform that helps stage classical concerts in private homes and apartments around the country (quoth Wired: “Uber, but for millennials who want orchestras in their living rooms”). The McCormick Mansion—a stately home on SE Salmon, built in 1910 for a well-to-do lumberman and now owned by HiFi co-founder Lee Henderson—plays host. 

Concerts have been central to HiFi since its 2014 inception—its founders used to work in the music industry—and Henderson has hosted living room shows by the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Patterson Hood, and Lera Lynn, as well as offbeat variety shows (with an assist from the Back Fence PDX maestros). Last February, Portugal. The Man keyboardist Kyle O’Quin played a classical piano concert at the mansion, pairing each piece with a different HiFi strain. “The feeling in the room was like, this is fucking magical,” Henderson says. Shortly thereafter, Henderson came across a New York Times story about Groupmuse, and he reached out to Sam Brodkin, the company’s CEO.

Sam’s whole thing is that classical music doesn’t have to fussy,” Henderson says. “It doesn’t have to be proper and elitist. I feel the same way in many respects about weed—not so much that weed is elitist, but there’s a different kind of stigma.” 

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