Music Fest NW 2010 Recap

<div> <a href="features/music_fest_nw_2010_recap/"><img src="" alt="Music Fest NW 2010 Recap" /></a> <br /> </div> <p> The decade-old Music Fest Northwest, promising every year to be bigger and better, grew a...
Music Fest NW 2010 Recap
Music Fest NW 2010 Recap

The decade-old Music Fest Northwest, promising every year to be bigger and better, grew a day since 2009 (QRO recap), to become a five-day citywide extravaganza for 2010.  While there were more days to take a shower with your festival wristband, the 2010 lineup lacked the cornucopia of choice-y acts, and the international flavor of its previous year.  Everyone wanted to see The National (QRO spotlight on).  The last minute addition of The Smashing Pumpkins (QRO live review at a festival) added the much need spice to its mediocre stew.  Other than few sure bets like Ra Ra Riot (QRO spotlight on), Okkervil River (QRO live review), Akron/Family (QRO photos), etc., this year’s MFNW is big on Northwest.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since this region has produced some of the finest acts in recent music history, but for Portland residents, it would have been nice to catch bands that one doesn’t have the luxury to see every few months.

The five days of Music Fest NW delivered high & lows & everything in between:


New York lit up Portland to close out Music Fest NW 2010.
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Music Fest NW got big-time at Crystal Ballroom & Pioneer Courthouse Square.
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Alt-country & -folk dominated Day Three of Music Fest NW, with more else as well.
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The kids (and adults) were alright on Day Two of Music Fest NW.
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Music Fest NW 2010 kicked off with solo electronic artists at Crystal Ballroom.
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37 Bands, 783 photos:

Abe Vigoda – Day Three, Backspace

Akron/Family – Day Four, Crystal Ballroom

ASSS – Holocene

Bobby Bare Jr. – Day Three, Crystal Ballroom

David Bazan – Doug Fir Lounge

A.A. Bondy – Day Two, Mississippi Studios

The Builders and Butchers – Day Three, Berbati’s Pan

S. Carey – Day Three, Doug Fir Lounge

Deelay Ceelay – Day Two, Roseland Theater

The Decemberists – Day Four, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Devonwho – Day One, Crystal Ballroom

Helio Sequence – Day Five, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Lazer Sword – Rotture

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Day Two, Crystal Ballroom

Male Bonding – Day Three, Wonder Ballroom

Dan Mangan – Day Three, Crystal Ballroom

Menomena – Day Four, Crystal Ballroom

Mimicking Birds – Day Three, Doug Fir Lounge

Mogwai’s BurningDay Three, Bagdad Theater

Murderess – Satyricon

Mynabirds – Mississippi Studios

The National – Day Five, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Mark Olson – Day Two, Mississippi Studios

Okkervil River – Day Three, Crystal Ballroom

Panda Bear – Day One, Crystal Ballroom

Past Lives – Day Two, Crystal Ballroom

Phantogram – Day Two, Wonder Ballroom

Ra Ra Riot – Day Two, Wonder Ballroom

Richmond Fontaine – Day Three, Berbati’s Pan

Surfer Blood – Day Three, Wonder Ballroom

Talkdemonic – Pioneer Courthouse Square

The Thermals – Day Two, Crystal Ballroom

Titus Andronicus – Backspace

Tu Fawning – Day Four, Crystal Ballroom

Laura Viers – Day Four, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Rocky Votolato – Doug Fir Lounge

The Walkmen – Day Five, Pioneer Courthouse Square


Best Bands – The National, Ra Ra Riot, Akron/Family

Best New Bands – Deelay Ceelay, Tu Fawning

Worst Band – Surfer Blood

Worst New Band – Devonwho

Best Venue – Pioneer Square

Worst Venue – Mississippi Studios


-words & photos by Autumn Andel & Shawn Beckman
additional photos by Clint Ganczak



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