It begins!

MusicfestNW, "Portland's largest and most successful music festival," in addition to launching its new Web site, has announced the dates for this year's event: September 8-11. As usual, it will take place at clubs and concert halls across the city, including Pioneer Courthouse Square, which it inaugurated as a (almost shockingly awesome) venue in 2010 with performances from the National and the Decemberists. So successful were those shows, in fact, that organizers have added a third night there for 2011.

No word on the lineup yet, but one can only hope that Spike will be back. He Can Dance, and don't you dare try to stop him.

If you need a good pallet cleanse after watching that, here's the National at Pioneer Courthouse Square at MFNW 2010: