A music festival with an all-ages component, emphasizing Portland talent and free to the public? Sounds like PDX Pop Now! But in the damp months of winter, that annual Stumptown summer spectacular feels eons away.
Thankfully, Big Ass Boombox is here to help you gorge on live local music six months early. Launched last year by poet Eirean Bradley and fan-about-town Arya Imig, the multi-venue festival—which aims to bring together groups working in different strains of the pop arena—recently announced the lineup for its second installment, which has doubled in size from the inaugural edition, expanding from 20 bands to 40 and including such homegrown heavyweights as And And And, Destroy Nate Allen, Animal Eyes and Pheasant, along with a handful of acts from Seattle. It's also added a literary stage, hosting readings from regional writers and poets.