Sam Adams sure does love local music. Just a week after announcing that the city is replacing its old hold music with tunes from local bands
, today PDX Pop Now!
—Portland's premiere all-ages music festival—outlined its plans for a free concert outside city hall. PPN! is hosting the event on Thursday, July 22 with performances from the Nick Jaina Band, Atole, Kelli Schaefer, and the Andrew Oliver Quartet
. The show starts at 5:45, but get there early, because it's sure to fill up, especially if the weather is nice. Last year electropop duo YACHT and post-rockers Point Juncture, WA headlined the city hall show, and it was one of the best night's of the year. Press release, speak for me!:
Hot off the heels of the release of their 2010 double disc compilation and the 2010 festival line-up announcement, PDX Pop Now! -- Portland's premier local music advocacy organization - has announced details on "PDX Pop Now! at Portland City Hall."
PDX Pop Now! will host "PDX Pop Now! at Portland City Hall" on July 22nd from 5:45-8: 45pm. This lead-up to the PDX Pop Now! festival is free to the public and will feature performances on the steps of Portland's City Hall (1221 SW 4th Avenue) by the Andrew Oliver *Quartet*, Kelli Schaefer, Atole, and Nick Jaina Band.
The PDX Pop Now! show at City Hall is being presented conjunction with the "Fixed Spans: City Hall" exhibit from the PDX Bridge Festival where a collaborative team of artists are creating a 3D "optical illusion"in the south atrium of City Hall, using only masking tape and the Willamette River Bridges. Check it out between sets to see how that's possible.
Portland's mayor, Sam Adams, discussed the event today, saying "The breadth and depth of musical talent in Portland is a tremendous local resource that plays an important role in making our city great. I am proud to work with PDX Pop Now! for the fourth year to showcase that talent right here at City Hall with a free concert open for all to enjoy."
Mayor Adams recently announced the launch of Listen Local, a program that replaces the City's previous on-hold music with music by Portland-based musicians. The program seeks to highlight the vibrant, diverse and creative character of Portland to callers near and far, and shine a spotlight on local musicians. It was developed as part of Mayor Adams' overall arts and culture strategy, which aims to improve access to the arts and arts education, invest in the creative talent that will drive the economy of tomorrow, and strengthen our cultural infrastructure and public arts funding.
Special support for the 2010 PDX Pop Now! City Hall event comes from a generous Community Cultural Participation Grant by the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust"
Portland's favorite all-ages music festival will again return to Rotture (320 SE 2nd Ave) on July 30th, 31st, and August 1st for the free, all-ages festival that showcases Portland's diverse musical talent. This year's festival will feature indoor and outdoor sets from Aan, AgesandAges, And And And, ASSS, Atriarch, Au, Autistic Youth, Ben Darwish, Billygoat, Blue Cranes, Blue Horns, Brainstorm, Cloudy October, Da'Rel Junior, Defect Defect, Eternal Tapestry, Fear No Music, Get Hustle, Grey Anne, Guantanamo Baywatch, Hockey, Hosannas, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Joey Casio, Joggers, Krebsic Orkestar, Kung Pao Chickens, Kusikia, Lewi Longmire, Luck One, Michael The Blind, Operative, Parenthetical Girls, Please Step Out of The Vehicle, Reporter, Rollerball, Shoeshine Blue, Skeletron, Soup Purse, SubArachnoid Space, Tiny Knives, Tu Fawning, The Tumblers, Typhoon, Wampire, Why I Must Be Careful, and Ylang Ylang. The 2010 Festival schedule is available this week at www.pdxpopnow.com
The compilation and festival are brought to you in part by OPB Music, vitaminwater, Regional Arts and Culture Council and Work For Art. To receive updates on the festival lineup, and other PDX Pop Now! happenings, sign up for PDX Pop Now! e-news at http://www.pdxpopnow.org and become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/pdxpopnow.
In other PPN! news, the full schedule for the festival
is up on the organization's revamped webiste. The thing is stacked from the beginning, with opening sets on Friday, July 30 from Blue Horns
and Charlie Salas-Humara's new band, Ylang Ylang
. With headlining spots for Au
(Saturday) and Skeletron
(Sunday), it's time to plan the best weekend of your year.
PDX Pop Now!
PPN! 2010 logo by Carson Ellis