Another PDX Pop Now! festival is in the books, the latest edition playing out over three days this past weekend at the Eastbank Lot in inner SE Portland. This year’s 10th annual festival featured much of what we’ve come to expect over those years: pleasant surprises, overdue reintroductions, game efforts and, all in all, non-stop artistry we could all take pride in.
There were plenty of highlights, to be sure, not the least of which was the transformative nature of the setting for this year’s fest. The move to an all open air space with plenty of room to lay around, dance, play Rigsketball, and/or generally mill about completely changed the vibe, which wasn’t necessarily broken to begin with. It was only fitting that the backdrop of the city served as scenery for so much home gorwn talent. What seemed like something of a risky move at first ultimately paid off for PDX Pop Now— even the construction rubble felt right (hope they can get that next year).
Known for their high energy party songs, Youthbitch helped kick off the festival on Day 1.
Sons of Huns
Dusu Mali Band performed a fun, energetic set of an eclectic collection of songs on Day 2 of the festival.
Magic Mouth played a dynamic set to close out Saturday night— a first taste for some of a band clearly prepped to make more waves shortly.
The Ghost Ease, who describe their genre as “ethereal, garage heavy rock,” released a debut album this past April. Playing songs that showcased the band’s ability to segue swiftly from intimate, soft dynamics to thunderous distortion, The Ghost Ease was a highlight of Day 3.
Lifesavas’ Vursatyl made a cameo appearance, joining SlimKid3 & the Doo Doo Funk All-Stars for their winning set.
Can a storm be both quiet and sultry? Shy Girls‘ festival-closing set showcased perhaps the most talked about band in town this year, gently putting the PDX Pop baby to bed, as it were.