Late-summer festival lineups are starting to take shape, and here are a few that might matter to you.
–MusicfestNW is tons of fun and will go down Sept. 9-12 in a bunch of clubs (and, new this year, Pioneer Courthouse Square) around Portland. There are lots of Portland bands here and lots of indie rock, with some other stuff mixed in:
The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River, Major Lazer, Sleep performing “Holy Mountain,” Menomena, The Thermals, Wiz Khalifa, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Helio Sequence, Justin Townes Earle, Baroness, David Bazan, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Gories, No Means No, Man Man, Laura Veirs, Bobby Bare Jr., Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood, Akron/Family, Crooked Fingers, Shonen Knife, Japandroids, People Under the Stairs, Cold Cave, Frank Turner, The Builders and the Butchers, Phantogram, Washed Out, Black Prairie, Thee Oh Sees, Abe Vigoda, Big Freedia, MEN, Laser Sword, From Ashes Rise, Devin Phillips, The Suckers, Trash Talk, Scott Kelly, Rocky Votolato, Blue Giant, The Minus 5, Dan Mangan, Jeff the Brotherhood, Marc Olson, Red Fang, The Zeros, Let’s Wrestle, Pierced Arrows, The Bellrays, Weinland, Portland Cello Project, The Magic Kids, DJ Beyonda, Richmond Fontaine, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Tu Fawning, Death by Stereo, Princeton, Kisses, White Hinterland, BOAT, Damion Suomi, Typhoon, Y La Bamba.
More bands will be announced, including those playing the early-evening Nike shows, which are always a treat. Watch for updates at the MusicfestNW website.
–The third annual Outside Lands festival is set for Aug. 14-15 in San Francisco, and it has a little more of a cosmopolitan flair to its lineup. This one is worth keeping an eye on, because Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater has booked bands coming to and from Outside Lands in past years:
Kings of Leon, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Al Green, Social Distortion, Gogol Bordello, Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, The Levon Helm Band, Cat Power, Empire of the Sun, Wolfmother, Bassnectar, Chromeo, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Temper Trap, Pretty Lights, Janelle Monáe, Amos Lee, The Devil Makes Three, Tokyo Police Club, Beats Antique, Rebirth Brass Band, Wild Beasts, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, The Budos Band, Aterciopelados, Garage A Trois feat. Stanton Moore, Marco Benevento, Skerik & Mike Dillon, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Langhorne Slim, The Pimps of Joytime, People Under the Stairs, Electric Six, Vieux Farke Touré, Dawes, Nneka, The Soft Pack, The Whigs, Little Wings.
Get more info at the Outside Lands website.
–Finally, Bumbershoot has been happening in Seattle for, like, ever. This one has a little something for everyone, from the Mary J. / Weezer crowd to the indie-rock kids and underground hip-hop fans. I copied and pasted from The Stranger’s Line Out blog:
Bob Dylan / Mary J. Blige / Weezer / Hole / Rise Against / Neko Case / The Decemberists / J. Cole / LMFAO / Billy Bragg / Ozomatli / Angelique Kidjo / Solomon Burke / The Dandy Warhols / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Jenny and Johnny (featuring Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice / Jamie Lidell / The Raveonettes / Balkan Beat Box / Motion City Soundtrack / The Thermals / Ra Ra Riot / The English Beat / Justin Townes Earle / Booker T. / Surfer Blood / The Bouncing Souls / Japandroids / Bob Schneider / Anvil / Bomba Estereo / Jay Electronica / Aterciopelados / Baroness / James Cotton “Superharp” Blues Band / David Bazan / Meat Puppets / Crash Kings / This Providence / Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express / The Moondoggies / The Whigs / Greg Laswell / Civil Twilight / Trampled By Turtles / The Clientele / Atlas Sound / Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames / The Budos Band / Bobby Bare Jr. / Horse Feathers / Vienna Teng Trio / HEALTH / Plants and Animals / Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime / Wheedle’s Groove / Hey Marseilles / Kings Go Forth / Sweet Water / Delorean / JEFF The Brotherhood / Chris Pureka / Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra / Garotas Suecas / The Maldives / The Constellations / Coryell, Auger, Sample Trio / Grynch / Visqueen / Victor Shade / Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs / Fresh Espresso/ Pete Molinari / Sista Monica’s “Singin in the Spirit” / Lay Low / Unnatural Helpers / Idiot Pilot / The Round / Wild Orchid Children / The Cute Lepers / Feral Children / Fences / Caspar Babypants / The Tripwires / Fatal Lucciauno / Loch Lomond / The Physics / THEESatisfaction / School of Rock All Stars / See Me River / Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers / People Eating People / Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme / Brent Amaker & The Rodeo / Born Anchors / Slender Means / BOAT / McTuff Trio / Parlour Steps / The Redwood Plan / Helladope / Lisa Dank / Greta Matassa Quartet / The Lonely H / Matt Jorgensen Quintet / Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin’ Daddies! / Great Waves / Brian Vogan / Johnny Bregar.
That’s just the music. Bumbershoot has all kinds of fun stuff, including literary events, comedy, visual and performing arts, and more. Keep up at their website.
So what say you, Frequency reader? Any of these jump out at you? Are you going to attend any and/or all of them?