I love Musicfest NW. This four-day bacchanalia of music rules the streets and clubs of Portland each September, providing area music nuts with dozens of performances by a slew of excellent small-name bands and an increasing number of high-profile acts.
I went to MFNW each of the past two years, and it is a blast. You can read my reports from 2007 here and here and from 2008 here. (Go ahead and click them. Anyone can view them, not just subscribers.)
Anyway, the festival, sponsored primarily by the alt-weekly paper Willamette Week, will happen again Sept. 16-19, and organizers just announced a good chunk of the 2009 lineup. It looks strong as usual. The bigger names aren’t totally my speed, but this list is pretty solid top to bottom:
Sunny Day Real Estate / Explosions in the Sky / Girl Talk / Bad Brains / The Get Up Kids / Will Sheff (of Okkervil River) / Dirty Three / Monotonix / Mudhoney / Frightened Rabbit / The Twilight Sad / Dillinger Four / Swollen Members / Beach House / John Vanderslice / The Long Winters / Viva Voce / The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Pink Mountaintops / OM / Portugal. The Man / The Builders & The Butchers / Langhorne Slim / Chairlift / Loch Lomond / Cymbals Eat Guitars / Team Dresch / Bobby Bare Jr. / Erase Errata / The Zeros / JD Twitch (Optimo) / Eluvium / Youth Group / Titus Andronicus / Mount Eerie / Trash Talk / Crom / Japanther / Mayer Hawthorne & The County / Despise You / Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey / Grouper / Richard Swift / Austin Lucas / Brother Reade / The Love Language / Anders Parker / The Morning Benders / Miniature Tigers / Damien Jurado / Grand Archives / Common Market / We Were Promised Jetpacks / Rocky Votolato / Copy / Red Fang / Saviours / Norfolk & Western / Nurses / Explode Into Colors / Portland Cello Project / Guidance Counselor / Fences / Weinland / Panther / Amazing Baby / The So So Glos / The Soft Pack / Port O’Brien / Liv Warfield / Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros
Now let’s see … I’m pumped about Explosions In The Sky, Monotonix, The Long Winters, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Pink Mountaintops, Titus Andronicus and Brother Reade. Slightly less pumped but still pumped about Sunny Day Real Estate, Mudhoney, Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Nurses. Oh, and head-over-heels ecstatic about Eluvium.
How about you? What jumps out at you on that list? And is anyone out there planning on going to this thing?