July 21st, 2006 5:33 pm | by MARK BAUMGARTEN Music | Posted In: Columns, News

City Hall Pop Fest Kickoff Draws Five Hundred

Quasi at City HallWay back on Wednesday, the sweet sound of rock 'n' roll filled the streets of Portland, its beckoning call drawing more than 500 people to City Hall for a free concert. The concert, put on by City Hall and the organizers of the PDX Pop Now! festival, featured Pseudosix, the Minders, Quasi and a strange shirtless dancing man who flicked his tongue as though he were a devil. Then that strange man played a game of leap frog and disappeared into the crowd. It was that kind of day.

The three hour concert started with both City Commissioner Sam Adams and Mayor Tom Potter taking the stage, lauding the day's performers, Portland's music community, and the efforts of the Pop staff to expose Portland citizens to its music. Then, after a charming, yet slightly uncomfortable question from Potter concerning the crowd's readiness to rock, the music started. We've written about all these bands before, so we will simply say that they were quite good, while directing you to the photo page of Jason Quigley, local rock photographer, where the event has been recorded in beautiful color photography. Go here to see the sights. But look out for birds.

Jason Quigley Rock Photography: photojq.com
Quasi: theequasi.com
The Minders: theminders.com
Pseudosix: pseudosix.com
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