You want club shows? You're getting club shows.
MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst (hereby abbreviated as MFNWpPP, or until someone comes up with a less cumbersome moniker) has announced its initial slate of concerts taking place at venues outside Waterfront Park.
The highlights are reunited Seattle jazz-rap trio Digable Planets and the 875th incarnation of Guided By Voices, both headlining Crystal Ballroom on Aug. 25 and 27, respectively. If you recall, the "classic lineup" of Guided By Voices was scheduled to play a Project Pabst show two years ago but had to cancel last minute on account of suddenly breaking up. Digable Planets, meanwhile, played their first shows in a long time late last year to rave reviews, but haven't yet ventured outside their hometown. Between you and I, this is a much more exciting prospect than yet another sleepy Shabazz Palaces set.
Other shows announced so far include resurgent Portland folkies Y La Bamba, beloved singer-songwriter David Bazan and Peter Bjorn and John, whose 2006 whistle-pop hit "Young Folks" still plays at a Portland coffee shop every six seconds. (It's a fact. Don't look that up, just trust me.) Each show is separately ticketed. You can get the full details here. And there will be more. Much more.
The main part of MFNWpPP is Aug. 27-28 at Waterfront Park, with headliners Tame Impala, Ice Cube, Duran Duran and Ween. Get tickets here.