Music Fest NW 2009 : Day Four

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Music Fest NW Day Four

Music Fest NW Day Four

For the fullest day yet of Music Fest NW, went around the world & back, but focused mostly on the youngsters – though one finely-aged vet closed out the night:


Nike Sportswear Presents @ Wonder Ballroom

Mariachi El Bronx, 4:00 PM

Mariachi El Bronx

Matt CaughthranClick image for full gallery

Mariachi El Bronx, the side project of LA punk outfit The Bronx (QRO photos), was a delight to watch from start to finish.  Lead singer Matt Caughthran was bordering on giddy and couldn’t stop smiling.  With a slight tinge of punk thrown in, this was mariachi for the modern age with song titles such as “Litigation” and “Slave Labor”.  If there were such a thing, Mariachi El Bronx would’ve surely taken home the top prize in the Best Dressed category!

Mariachi El Bronx



Pearl Vodka Stage @ Berbati’s Pan

The Brunettes, 8:00 PM

The Brunettes

keys!Click image for full gallery

If you’re a fan of the keyboard, this is where you wanted to be.  New Zealand’s The Brunettes were sporting not one but two (count ’em two!) keyboards.  This set was just plain fun to watch and easy on the ears.  This was also the place where yet another xylophone made an appearance.  I’m beginning to think 2009 must be the year of the xylophone.  You heard it here first.

more keys!



Avi Buffalo, 9:00 PM

Avi Buffalo

an Avi BuffaloClick image for full gallery

Fans of falsetto got their fix at the Avi Buffalo show.  Hard to believe these kids from Long Beach just graduated from high school.  Can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Avi Buffalo



The Morning Benders, 10:00 PM

The Morning Benders

a Morning BenderClick image for full gallery

This Berkeley based band was nothing short of adorable.   The Morning Benders are just the sort of boys you wouldn’t be afraid to take home to Mom.  And they can write a pretty catchy pop tune too.  What’s not to like?



Heineken Stage @ Dante’s

Bobby Bare, Jr., 11:00 PM

Bobby Bare Jr. was the type of band who knew how to entertain a crowd.  Two trumpeters stood erect atop both ends of the bar.  There must have been a health code violation in there somewhere!  And in the midst of this recession, who has the funds to spring for a cow bell?  Bobby Bare Jr. does just fine using an empty beer bottle, thank you very much.



Black Francis, 12:00 AM

Black Francis

a.k.a. Frank BlackClick image for full gallery

It goes without saying that if Black Francis (aka Frank Black) comes to town people are going to show up.  He spent the evening focusing on his solo work (QRO album review), though he did manage to pepper in a few Pixies tracks along the way.  At the end of the evening I left realizing that this guy is, was, and always will be, cooler than the rest of us.

who's cooler than you...



Unfortunately missed:

– John Vanderslice & Beach House (QRO album review) @ Berbati’s Pan.  Had to leave for Black Francis & Bobby Bare, Jr., but Autumn caught John:

John Vanderslice, 11:00 PM

John Vanderslice

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all photos by Autumn Andel & Christina Day

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