At this Portland music festival, many of the stars don’t come from too far

By Prakruti Bhatt (OPB)
PORTLAND, Ore. Feb. 20, 2024 6 p.m.

Music lovers in Oregon have a lot to look forward to this summer

Beabadoobee and her band play for a full Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland on Aug.10, 2023 for last year's PDX LIVE.

Beabadoobee and her band play for a full Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland on Aug.10, 2023 for last year's PDX LIVE.

Caden Perry / OPB

Downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square will once again be home to the annual music festival PDX Live. This year, the concert series, the third edition of its kind organized by True West, will not only feature a lineup from across genres, but also highlight musicians from the Pacific Northwest.


The festival kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2024, with riot grrrl band Sleater-Kinney, who will share the stage with Australia’s Amyl and the Sniffers. Riot grrrl music first began in the early 1990s in Olympia, Washington. The movement went beyond music, nurturing community and feminism.

PDX Live’s 2024 line up also features Portland legend Toody Cole, who will make an appearance with Waxahatchee.

But that’s not all.

The series will include performances by punk band Descendents, indie singer-songwriter Ethel Cain as well as critically acclaimed band Yo La Tengo. International acts such as The Japanese House and Alvvays will be bringing their tours to Portland from the U.K. and Canada, respectively.

The series will close on Aug. 21 with Sunny Day Real Estate, who will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album, “Diary.”

The full festival line up is as follows:

Aug. 7, 2024 - Sleater-Kinney with Amyl and the Sniffers

Aug. 8 and 9, 2024 - Ween

Aug. 10, 2024 - Descendents with Dillinger Four and Mean Jeans


Aug. 11, 2024 - The Japanese House

Aug. 12, 2024 - Sierra Ferrell with Nick Shoulders

Aug. 13, 2024 - Ethel Cain

Aug. 14, 2024 - Yo La Tengo and Built to Spill (Built to Spill performing “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love”)

Aug. 16, 2024 - Mt. Joy

Aug. 17, 2024 - Waxahatchee with Woods and Toody Cole

Aug. 18, 2024 - Alvvays with The Beths

Aug. 20, 2024 - Elle King

Aug. 21, 2024 - Sunny Day Real Estate (”Diary” 30th Anniversary Tour)

Fans can purchase tickets on Friday at 10 a.m. at Concertgoers can also gain access to various presales by following respective artists, bands and True West on social media.

It was True West booker Trevor Solomon’s intention to honor “the bands that influence everyone here in our backyard.” And the festival does exactly that by having a lineup that includes musicians from much of the Pacific Northwest.

“It feels really good to have Portland represented with the great Sleater-Kinney, Seattle with Sunny Day Real Estate, who has been so influential, and of course we’ve got Idaho on board with Built To Spill, a band that really represents the DIY ethos and soul of the Northwest music,” Solomon said in a press release. “And of course, Portland legend Toody Cole makes an appearance at the Waxahatchee show.”

Last year, “Portland’s Living Room” transformed into a 3,000-person open-air music venue that hosted bands and artists like Fleet Foxes, Patti Smith and beabadoobee among many more, bringing a certain sense of vibrancy to downtown Portland.