From September 7th to 11th, music obsessives in Portland, OR trekked between 21 venues to see nearly 200 bands, fighting dehydration, worn heels, and sticky wristbands, all for the glory of Musicfest NW (MFNW). What were the highlights? Every person will give you a different answer. Was it Seattle radio station KEXPs free day shows at the Doug Fir including the Horrors, Sebadoh and the Antlers? Watching the sun set with Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, or Explosions in the Sky outdoors at Pioneer Square? The Thermals stagediving and blowing out their amp at the EMP Backstage? Legendary punk Keith Morris from OFF! stalking the stage all wild-eyed at the Hawthorne? Blitzen Trapper? Thee Oh Sees? Yacht? Dan Mangan? Great venues, even the ones without air con? Local pizza joint Sizzle Pie renaming all its zas after MFNW bands?
Yep, all of that. And more. Heres just a small taste of three nights at MFNW from Mikala Taylor from BackstageRider.com.