Portland’s Musicfest Northwest Expands for 2011

 

Happening this year – the 11th to date – on Sept. 7-11 at a slew of venues spread across one of our favorite
cities..

 

By Tim Hinely

 

What forever
seemed like the newbie on the festival circuit now seems like that old
comfortable sweater that is in the back of the closet. One that you want to
wear every chance you get. OK, so I’m not sure where I was going with the
analogy but you get the picture (and if not, too bad).

 

Now in its 11th year, Portland’s
Musicfest Northwest (MFNW) has bloomed this year to nearly 200 bands playing in
21 venues. The Festival’s Executive Director Trevor Solomon stated that they
have tried to add as many all-age shows as they could and having more day
parties.

 

When asked how
MFNW stands out from the several other music festivals sweeping the country
these days, Solomon was succinct, “First
off, we are a club festival instead of taking place at one venue. Next we try
to tap into a wider variety of musical genres then most festivals from
Grindcore Metal, to Indie Rock, to Hip-Hop. We work to have some type or types
of music that will attract absolutely every type of music fan.”

 

A few bands playing the
festival this year include Blitzen Trapper, Iron and Wine, The Kills, Neurosis,
Bands of Horses as well ‘90s come agains Butthole Surfers and Archers of Loaf
and many, many more. When asked a couple of current and defunct bands that
would also be on his wish list, Solomon stated, “Wilco and Husker Du.”

 

For more information go
to www.musicfestnw.com

 

 

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