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Berbatis Pan ends its music run with a bang

Berbati's Pan, a centerpiece of the Portland club scene, ends its 16-year run this month as a venue for live music, and the club plans to go out in style.

The first band to play at Berbati's Pan - Pete Miser and 5 Fingers of Funk - will host a reunion concert on New Year's Eve, Friday, Dec. 31.

A limited number of tickets remain at $25 each. Go to ticketweb.com for tickets. Berbati's Pan, which plans to remain open as a bar and restaurant, is located at 213 S.W. Ankeny St.

Pete Miser and 5 Fingers of Funk is a band with nine men playing horns and DJ Chill on the turntables. Berbati's Pan remained its home base, playing there every other month for six months, even as the band played in clubs from New York to Los Angeles.

As the story goes, belly dancer Aziza invited Pete Miser and the 5 Fingers of Funk to play during her cabaret at the then-small Greek restaurant in June 1993. It was quite a raucous night, as Portland police shut down the party.

Owners John and Ted Papaioannu expanded Berbati's Pan for live music, and Pete Miser and the 5 Fingers of Funk played on opening night in 1994.

The band played every New Year's Eve and Halloween and other big nights through 1998, when Pete Miser left the band and moved to New York.

Apparently, one third of the band members met their wives at Berbati's Pan.

Ted Papaioannu died from cancer in November.

- Jason Vondersmith