Yup, it's that time of year again: WW's own MusicfestNW is coming together all fast and furious-like. While this first look at the still-forming 2011 lineup doesn't allow for schedule-plotting, it does give a glimpse into--- what the latest incarnation of MFNW is all about: Rock music, mostly! There's old-school indie rock (Archers of Loaf, Sebadoh, Butthole Surfers), latter-day buzz acts (Ty Segall, Handsome Furs, The Kills) and local favorites (And And And, Richmond Fontaine, Unknown Mortal Orchestra; pretty much every Best New Band poll winner from the past two years). But I'm also excited about some non-rock acts, especially breakout Seattle hip-hop act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dam-Funk, Lifesavas (who've been off the map for awhile) and Twin Sister.
Anyway, you can draw your own conclusions on the lineup front. I will note, because I'm very cheap, that the wristband prices have jumped again, albeit subtly for the basic wristband (up from $65 to $70 for one of the three Pioneer Courthouse squares). More significantly, the all-inclusive wristband is now $115, up from $90 last year. I think organizers would be quick to point out that you're paying for an extra Pioneer Courthouse Square concert with that jump.
Even if you have no interest in this whole shebang, don't forget that there's a free "Lineup Announcement Party" tonight at Star Theater featuring Mad Rad, Weinland, And And And and the Globes. It's a fine (free!) lineup and a good excuse to check out the brand-new venue, the newest club addition to MFNW. Doors open at 7 pm (though if you're anything like me, you're showing up right after game one of the NBA finals) and it's 21+.
Here's the whole damn press release from my bosses at WW. Scroll down a bit for the lineup.
Willamette Week's MusicfestNW announces initial lineup for its 2011 festival, scheduled for Sept. 7-11. Bands appearing include Band of Horses, Explosions in the Sky, Iron & Wine, The Kills, Archers of Loaf, Butthole Surfers, Neurosis, Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and more.
Portland, OR (May 31, 2011): Willamette Week is thrilled to announce the initial lineup for MusicfestNW 2011, now in its 11th year of showcasing the finest in national and regional music in one of the most compelling urban areas in the country.
MusicfestNW is once again returning to the historic Pioneer Courthouse SquareâPortland's civic living roomâfor three outdoor performances headlined by rootsy indie rock outfit Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), celestial instrumental-rockers Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and the backwoods folk of Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9).
Since MFNWâs beginning (as North by Northwest), it has aspired to put on a diverse event, one that honors one of this regionâs best exportsâthe Northwest music sceneâwhile looking to the future beyond the horizon.
That horizon includes a kick-off show by bluesy-punk duo The Kills on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Crystal Ballroom. The star studded festival also features performances by reunited indie rock legends Archers of Loaf and Butthole Surfers, atmospheric metal titans Neurosis, local folk-rockers Blind Pilot and Blitzen Trapper, and up-and-coming Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Hereâs a very partial list of past MFNW performances: The National, The Decemberists, Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Sunny Day Real Estate, Spoon, Girl Talk, M. Ward, Built to Spill, Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Panda Bear, Black Lips, and the Silver Jews.
Festival wristbands and tickets for shows at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Crystal Ballroom, Roseland Theater, and Aladdin Theater go on sale on Friday, June 3. Festival wristbands are on sale at two price points:
- $115 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into all three outdoor shows and the rest of the five-day festival.
- $70 for a ticket to one of the three outdoors shows (Band of Horses, Explosions in the Sky, or TBD band) and admission to the rest of the festival.
For further ticket information, see musicfestnw.com/tickets.
2011 Initial Lineup â Alphabetical:
Storm of Light
& Master Blaster
in the Sky
Mees & the Grown Children
& Ryan Lewis
I Love You
Flinn & the Royal We