Portugal. The Man at Edgefield Amphitheater

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Portugal. The Man‘s “Live In The Moment” from their latest album, Woodstock, opens with this line: “My home / Is a girl with eyes like wishing wells.” On Friday, August 24th, their home town of Portland, OR welcomed them with thousands of keenly fixated eyes all gazing at a wish come true. Portland has always championed their own kind, and two back-to-back sold out shows at McMenamins Edgefield is far from surprising for the PDX veterans. Despite their mainstream success over the last couple years, PTM have never forgotten where they came from. From constantly collaborating with other local artists, to hanging out with Blazers players, they’ve distinctly established themselves as the true Lords of Portland. With this undeniable homestead fellowship, there was eager anticipation that these shows would make for a rowdy weekend with numerous special surprises.

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MusicfestNW Is Back! – Doc Martens Presents In The Lot

Many local Portlanders were disheartened to learn back in March that MusicfestNW and Pabst Blue Ribbon would not be putting on the acclaimed Project Pabst event this summer. After a successful 18 years of cheap beer and great music, this was a huge hit to the local festival circuit, and personally, I’m still bitter about it.

But that didn’t mean that the Cascadian music group was out for the count. They’ve teamed up with fellow locals Dr. Martens for a new event called In the Lot! The event will be held in the Doc Martens parking lot on August 25-26th, and will feature the likes of Twin Peaks, Princess Nokia, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Dude York, and more. Check out the flyer below for the details and the full lineup.

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Shaking the Neighborhood – The Wednesday People Find a Home Away from Home

 

The Wednesday People GroupHouse shows get rowdy. Things get broken. The cops get called. The liquor cabinet gets raided. Sketchy guys named Trevor show up and seem not to know anyone, yet proceed to grab an armful of beers and stash them in his van out front before coming back in and attempting to sell acid to all your friends claiming that it’s ‘really cool stuff’. House shows exhibit all the recklessness of a standard house party in addition to an elevated sense of enthusiasm influenced by the primal impetus of organic rhythm. Blood runs hot as a living room turned auditorium pulses with every drum kick and guitar wail, shaking the neighborhood with waves of vibration.

House shows are also iconic. People dance. Drunken friendships are discovered. New fans are planted. They’re the historical birthplaces of some of the world’s greatest musical careers, and Utah-based psych rock outfit The Wednesday People are no strangers to this phenomenon. In fact, they’re often the catalyst on such an occasion. On their third tour through the Pacific Northwest in the last 8 months, the Ogden locals stopped by a modest bungalow in the heart of SE Portland to shake things up on St. Patrick’s Day.

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