In the spirit of our concert limo tours, where we take all the hassle out of your concert going experience, we felt it necessary to highlight this really new and exciting event on Portland’s music calendar.
What is MusicFestNW
MusicFestNW has always been one of Portland’s most popular festivals, but this year they’ve decided to do things a little differently. This year, the concert has become a two-day, two stage event that showcases musical acts across a wide and eclectic range of genres, from hip hop, pop, indie and even some Toronto hardcore. Expect to see local favorites like Shy Girls and Modern Kin on the same stage as some of the biggest names in the music scene right now, like HAIM and Future Islands. The festival will take place on August 16&17 at the Waterfront Park. It’s an outdoor, all ages event and kids under 8 get in free when accompanying a paying adult. Various ticketing options are available, please see the official festival site for more details.
Bands to Watch:
The MFNW 2014 line up is rich and varied, with 18 musical guests planning to perform over the course of two days. Here are 4 of our must-see performances.
Sample-obsessed, dance party genius Greg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) released his fifth album, ‘All Day’ after almost 10 years of relentless touring all over the world. His shows have been described as ‘The craziest house party ever’, so if you love pop-culture, creative energy and of course, lots of zany dancing, this performance is not to be missed.
The brain-child of the production and vocal talents of Portland native, Dan Vidmar, Shy Girls is an intelligent and seductive R&B pop-odyssey that will be thoroughly enjoyed by new and old R&B fans alike. Catchy yet haunting, Vidmar’s artful vocals sing of heartbreak and love in a universally alluring fashion. Definitely an artist to watch.
HAIM (rhymes with time) hail from the San Fernando valley in California and has been shaking things up in the LA music scene for the last 4 years. The group is made up of the 3 Haim sisters and a guitarist mister. Their sound combines catchy pop melodies and infectious onstage presence with effortless style and finesse, making their live shows truly memorable.
This band of Brooklynites have been making soulful and music for over 7 years. Their latest record, Familiars, is a haunting musical exploration about the duality of self. Heavily influenced by the work of Nina Simone, Alice Coltrane and Charles Mingus, this new offering is a soul album about having a soul, and promises to be the stuff spell-binding and emotional live performances are made of.
The Best Of Portland’s Art and Food at MusicFestNW
Alongside the stellar musical guests MFNW aims to showcase some of our city’s most talented emerging visual artists in an on site festival exhibition, curated by Hellion Gallery and Matt Wagner ( author of The Tall Trees of Portland). The arts pavillion will host many exciting events across the duration of the festival, including live mural paining, a 3D welcome experience and an exhibition of alternative album covers created for featured bands. As far as festival refreshments go, various popular local food trucks will be present and selling their tasty wares alongside a selection of local beer, wine, water and soft drinks. Bear in mind that you must show ID in order to purchase/consume alcoholic beverages at the festival.
If you’d like to make your MFNW experience even more epic as well as convenient, consider hiring one of our party busses to take you and your friends to this festival. Aside from being an unforgettable VIP experience, it’ll minimize the traffic and parking hassles, freeing you up to have as much fun as you possibly can.