For the past 13 years, PDX Pop Now! has offered an outlet for both local musicians and appreciators alike to gather for the love of Portland’s renowned musical talents. The only all-ages, free festival in town, PDX Pop Now! has maintained its annual format of two and a half days of live local music, as well as an impressive 2-disc compilation, all organized by literally hundreds of volunteers.
This year’s festival begins Friday evening with up and comers Sabonis and high schooler rippers Saola proving that Aaliyah was right – age ain’t nothing but a number, especially when it comes to talent. The fest as a whole combats the stigma of age and talent, showcasing acts like The Scribes, Mr. Bones, Fossa Club and The Living Skins who all encompass younger members with an established prowess of elder aptitude.
The lineup also represents a diversity of genres throughout the two and a half days of music. Dragging an Ox Through Water and Snowblind Traveler offer more mellow moods while Jenny Don’t and the Spurs bringing the twang. Mic Capes, Maze Koroma and Old Grape God represent Portland’s hip hop aficionados, while acts like Love Cop, Lithics and Dead Cult offer free lessons in the dark arts. Headliners this year include local favorites Summer Cannibals, Fur Coats, Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Cat Hoch.
But music isn’t all that can’t be enjoyed by PDX Pop-goers. Aside from the food trucks and vendor tables that will be set up, Portland’s infamous 3 v. 3 band basketball tournament, Rigsketball, will be returning for another year of competitive and entertaining sport-battles. There will also be a mobile art gallery that’s run out of the back of a ‘91 Ford Bronco, aptly titled the Bronco Gallery, that will be tailgating in a particularly sluggish way.
Listen to some of our favorite artists performing at PDX Pop Now! below, and check out the full lineup and festival schedule here.