They grow up so fast, don't they? 

Of course I'm referring to free, all-ages, all-local summer music festivals. This July, PDX Pop Now!—not just Portland's best free, all-ages, all-local summer music festivals, but one of the city's best annual events, period—turns 10 years old. It seems like only yesterday when PPN was just beginning to find its footing, showcasing 40 of Stumptown's finest rising artists across three days at the old Meow Meow. Now, it's an institution. 

Make It Pop is the fundraiser that's allowed the all-volunteer, nonprofit event to grow to that point. This year's soiree takes place this Thursday, May 9, at the Cleaners at the Ace Hotel (409 SW 10th Ave.) and features performances from Kelli Schaefer, Monarques, Grandparents, Ezza Rose and DJ Jeremy Petersen of OPB. But that, of course, is just the start: 

The $20 ticket price includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres from Olympic Provisions, Fifty Licks, Saint Cupcake, and Â¿Por Que No?, along with beverages for purchase from 10 Barrel Brewing Company and Division Winemaking Company. The event will feature photos, trivia, memories, and music from festivals past culminating with the announcement of the PDX Pop Now! 2013 Compilation track listing.

An optional $5 raffle ticket will be available for one of three Ace Hotel room packages including a one-night stay in an Ace Hotel room after the show, confections from Alma Chocolates, bottle of wine from Alchemy Production, a PPN! first edition t-shirt and more! And that's not all, on the night of the event we will showcase our "Cheers for 10 Years!" fundraising game, for $10 you can select a "Pop" bottle with a guaranteed gift certificate value of $10-$150 all from fantastic local businesses. It's a win-win no matter what! 

Damn straight. 

Interested in attending? LocalCut's got a pair of free tickets we'd like to give you. Email with MAKE IT POP in the subject line, and let us know what Portland band you'd be most excited to see on this year's PDX Pop Now! lineup. The winner will be notified when the contest closes tomorrow at noon. 

Meanwhile, enjoy a microscopically small sampling of the awesomeness PPN has wrought over the years, via YouTube: