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Cassie Wilson

Cassie Wilson

Lives in Boring, Oregon

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Cassie is a business student at Mt. Hood Community College, an editor at the college’s student-run newspaper, a music journalist, and a volunteer for Friends of Noise, a Portland nonprofit trying to create an always all-ages music/arts space.

Cassie has a dwarfism that caused her bones to twist as she grew, so she’s had a multitude of surgeries. She can’t stand for long periods of time, so at concerts she uses a manual wheelchair. In early 2017, she faced a lot of discrimination at one particular venue and her frustration with them allowed her to find her voice in issues of ableism and inaccessibility, and ultimately create Half Access to turn her frustration into positive, productive energy and be able to help the rest of the disabled community in the process.

Cassie can never stop talking about artists like A Will Away, The Maine, Lorde, Alex Lahey, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Better Love, Glacier Veins…and basically her entire music library…if she could write everyone here she would.

Sean Gonzalez

Sean Gonzalez

Lives in Denver, Colorado

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Sean is a web editor and writer for New Noise Magazine and occasionally helps out The Alternative as well.

Sean graduated college with a degree in history and while finishing up started a Google blog to discuss new music being released. From there different companies and sites took notice of the work and soon he was writing and editing strictly about music. Now he helps manage the web content over at New Noise Magazine and interviews plenty of upcoming bands, and it’s a job! He’s also currently working on his Masters of Education at the University of Denver.

Sean met Cassie via Codie, who became immediate friends with over their combined passion for music (specifically letlive.) and has since joined the board to make all shows accessible to every single person, because every human deserves the right to enjoy live music together.

Favorite artists: Hop Along, Julien Baker, Every Time I Die, Aesop Rock, PVRIS and a whole plethora more in between.

 

Joey McAllister

Joey McAllister

Lives in North Plains, Oregon

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Joey McAllister is a strange visitor from another coast, who came to Oregon with powers and abilities pretty average. Joey can make a decent bowl of oatmeal, is happiest when listening to his wife sing, plays the drums for a handful of Portland-based bands (including The Skeleton Keys and My Proper Skin), and, as a mild-mannered senior technical editor for a great software company, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the Oxford comma.

Joey met Cassie on Twitter via her continuous efforts to promote the important work of Half Access and her endless passion for music and live performance. He is encouraged by and incredibly proud of the work that all the Half Access members, partners, supporters, and contributors do to improve the concert experience for everyone.

Favorite artists include: The Cure, Haisuinonasa, Ida, Merō, Over the Rhine, Shangrala, Spotlight Kid, SuckerForLights, Thelonious Monk, Three Trapped Tigers

Codie Porter

Codie Porter

Lives in Portland, Oregon

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Codie works endlessly on listening to 1,000 albums and seeing 50-100 films every single year. Codie met Cassie at a Knuckle Puck show through a wondrous moment of eavesdropping regarding a conversation about Julien Baker. But their friendship didn’t truly blossom for another week on Leap Year Day (2/29/16) at From Indian Lakes. From there on out, Cassie has been his best friend. Codie joined Half Access because every single human being deserves to enjoy their favorite artists/bands (and then some), no matter what. Since Cassie started it on day one, he knew he wanted to do something to help, and now we all can.

Favorite artists: Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monáe, St. Vincent, Pianos Become The Teeth, Touché Amoré, The Wonder Years, Against Me!, Lorde, Every Time I Die, The Hotelier, mewithoutYou, and a whole nimiety more in between.

Nova Akins

Nova Akins

Lives in Portland, Oregon

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Nova is studying Music & Sonic Arts at Portland Community College with a focus on audio engineering and commercial music theory. She spends most of her time trying to harness her perpetual muse by pursuing many creative outlets including writing, experimenting with new music equipment, perfecting lines in dotwork art, practicing yoga, and crafting lyrics.

Nova has a passion for volunteering and enjoys being apart of all things innovative and exciting in the local community. Nova moved to Oregon in the fall of 2016 where she met Cassie via mutual friends. With a shared passion for live music and the increasing awareness of the inequality in venues, Nova is proud to join Half Access on its vital journey.

Nova’s probably listening to The Hotelier, Lorde, Against Me!, The Menzingers, Waterparks, All Get Out, The Maine, or Kendrick Lamar at any given moment.

Annie Tunnicliffe

Annie Tunnicliffe

Lives in Portland, Oregon

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Annie is a music industry professional in Portland, OR who works for a variety of venues and is the head of production for Take Warning Presents.

Annie started working in the live music industry at a young age in central New York and continues to use her knowledge in an array of roles around the Pacific Northwest. She has two degrees in music business and will start grad school through Berklee this fall to complete the trifecta. Annie has met many lovely individuals within the Portland music community and luckily Cassie was one of them! With their shared involvement in the music scene, they have had brainstorming sessions that correlated into Annie being a helpful hand on the Half Access board – with all the other amazing people on this page.

Favorite artists: Circa Survive, The Hotelier, Boston Manor, Anberlin, Kehlani, Saosin, Movements, Pup, and Glacier Veins.