just received more details on the free, all-ages City Hall concert set to go down on July 19. Word is that delicious pop hooks will be served by the Minders, who will play to the crowd gathered at Fourth Ave. before leaving on a big-ass U.S. tour. The band will be opening for Quasi at the event, which is set up in conjunction with the PDX Pop Now! Festival. Organizers are currently attempting to lock in another band to open the 5:30 pm show. Our vote? 31 Knots!
Here's a little on the origins of the event from Matt Wright, the boss of Matt Wright PR who is working with the city to set up the show:
[City Commissioner Sam Adams and staffer Jesse Beason] have been doing events at City Hall to try and get the word out that city hall is for the people, they should be able to feel like they can hang out there, know where it is, use it, etc. These events have mostly been First Thursday type deals focussing on various subcultures in Portland. So they wanted to do one reaching out to the music community and Jesse thought of the PDX Pop Now! Fest cause we're bros like that. What's awesome is that the Pop Fest, as you know, is all about reaching out to people who might not go to shows normally, and i'm sure there are a lot of people downtown who fall into that category. It's so totally symbiotic and great.
Yes it is, Matt. Three days after the show, the Minders will be leaving to tour on their latest release Bright Guilty World
, which really fits in with the whole guilt angle I was going for in the last post nicely.
Look for Michael Byrne's review of the new Minders album in next Wednesday's Willamette Week
The Minders: theminders.com
Matt Wright PR: mattwrightpr.com
PDX Pop Now!: pdxpopnow.com
City Commissioner Sam Adams: commissionersam.com