FEST-ERING: A new Portland-centric music festival is making its debut this summer—and it’s happening the same weekend as PDX Pop Now!
The 8 Track Relay—a 24-hour event meshing music with running—is
scheduled for Portland International Raceway on July 20, with sets from
big-name acts like Menomena, Blitzen Trapper, Nurses and Quasi.Mississippi Studios’ Jim Brunberg and Matt King put together the lineup but say the date was chosen by the city,
which is helping put on the event. But that hasn’t stopped grumbling
that 8 Track is undermining a cultural institution on its 10th
anniversary. “I had a lot of people approaching me…saying they’re
concerned about the other festival maybe stepping on our toes,” says PDX
Pop Now! artistic director Chris Cantino. He says he didn’t find out
about the new festival until well into the booking process, forcing him
to stop pursuing certain acts. Cantino says artists have expressed
frustration with the conflict. Both sides, however, say they have worked
to figure out how to coexist. Brunberg blames “avid commentators” on Facebook for stirring the pot.
“There are other fests that weekend, and I’d like it if all the
promoters and commentators stopped complaining and did what was best for
the musicians,” he says. Cantino agrees both festivals can coexist
because they aren’t targeting the same demographic, with 8 Track
targeting runners. And he adds, “Theirs costs money; ours is free.” This
year’s PDX Pop Now! lineup will be announced early in June.
HARLEM RENAISSANCE: A company called the Ankeny Group has filed for a liquor license to restart Old Town’s Harlem nightclub inside the former Central space
at 220 SW Ankeny St. The first incarnation of Harlem, a weekends-only
boutique hip-hop venue, shut down within months despite entry lines that
often extended halfway into the neighboring oyster bar. According to
manager Doug Posey, the group plans to have a broader musical selection,
patio tables and Korean tacos from mobile-food empire Koi Fusion served up in the spot’s front window.
DAMAGED: Former WW music
editor Casey Jarman is launching a record label. Co-run by his Morals
bandmate Ben Hubbird, the first releases for Party Damage Records,
scheduled for this summer, include a solo record from Tu Fawning’s Joe
Haege, an anticipated album from indie-poppers Wild Ones and the debut from young power-pop outfit Your Rival,
which Jarman says “sounds a lot like a lost Weezer record.” An avid
illustrator, Jarman adds that the label will “have some of the
best-designed albums around, of this I am sure.”
CLARIFICATION: A review of Roadside Attraction in WW’s
Bar Guide (April 24, 2013) took note of many men dressed in Utilikilts.
However, reader Rich Mackin wrote to clarify that while some patrons
were indeed wearing Utilikilts, the vast majority of Roadside Attraction patrons prefer locally made StumpTown Kilts. WW regrets any confusion.