Posted in music | tour dates on May 31, 2011


Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

MFNW 2011
A Storm of Light
Alela Diane
Anais Mitchell
And And And
Archers of Loaf
Avi Buffalo
Band of Horses
Bare Wires
Beat Connection
Big Freedia
Black Prairie
Blind Pilot
Blitzen Trapper
Bobby Bare Jr.
Butthole Surfers
Caleb Klauder
Cass McCombs
Charles Bradley
Crooked Fingers
Dam-Funk & Master Blaster
Dangerous Boys Club
Death Songs
Dennis Coffey
Dirty Beaches
Dirty Mittens
DJ Anjali
E Rock
Emily Wells
Eternal Tapestry
Explosions in the Sky
Glass Candy
Handsome Furs
Heavy Cream
Holcombe Waller
Horse Feathers
Iron & Wine
Jared Mees & the Grown Children
Jeffrey Jerusalem
Joe Pug
Kelly Blair Bauman
Little Dragon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mad Rad
Marius Libman
Mnemonic Sounds
Morning Teleportation
Natasha Kmeto
Nether Regions
Old Light
Olivia Tremor Control
Pierced Arrows
Pig Destroyer
Portland Cello Project
PS I Love You
Purple & Green
Quiet Life
Rebecca Gates
Rhett Miller
Richmond Fontaine
Sean Flinn & the Royal We
Shabazz Palaces
Sharon Van Etten
Sleepy Sun
Soft Kill
Ted Leo
The Angry Orts
The Antlers
The Dimes
The Gaslamp Killer
The Globes
The Hood Internet
The Horrors
The Incredible Kid
The Joy Formidable
The Kills
The Ladybug Transistor
The Minders
The Miracles Club
The Moondoggies
The Needful Longings
The Soft Moon
The Thermals
The Vaccines
The Wizard Rifle
Thee Oh Sees
Twin Sister
Ty Segall
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Violet Isle
Viva Voce
White Hills
Wild Ones
Witch Mountain
Y La Bamba
You Am I
Zuzuka Poderosa



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Comments (11)

Thom York, Daft Punk, Sharon Van Etten, Neutral Milk Hotel and Neurosis?!?!! Pretty great indeed!

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 10:16 AM

Hey BrooklynVegan, how about a post about the massive business failure that was the B.O.M.B. Fest this past weekend? I went Saturday and had a great time since I didn't have to battle any crowds what so ever since ticket sales were so low, but talk about a huge business failure. Word on the street is the organizers lost their shirts and didn't even end up making any profit to donate to the charities they intended to.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 10:28 AM

Is Frohawk gonna be there with Big Freedia? That's the only thing I wanna know.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 11:51 AM


I was there as well and, yeah, was just a sad state of affairs. Why did they move that to the Comcast Center? Just made it seem so...empty. Also, it really confirms that indie rock-centric festivals can't really do well outside of major cities.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 12:18 PM

@10:28/12:18 What the fuck were you thinking? Why would you go to that? Fagles.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 12:37 PM

@12:18pm, apparently there were concerns of overcrowding from the town of Danbury or something that forced them to move. There's an article I read where the organizers said the move proved to be unwarranted and they would've been better off if they stayed put. They projected to sell 10,000 tickets a day. They ending up selling approx. 8,000 in TOTAL. You have to admit it was kind of cool to more or less have the bands all to yourself right in front of your face, but the venue was just bizarre and it made the entire experience something we'll probably never see again. It upsets me because I live around there and it's boring. You could tell some of the bands like HEALTH were thinking, "We're never coming back to this neck of the woods again..."

@12:37 I saw Free Energy, Wavves, Titus Andronicus, Dan Deacon, Real Estate, HEALTH, Woods and Best Coast. That's a pretty solid relevent indie rock-centric lineup that would be the talk of BrooklynVegan if it happened in NYC and not a festival out in the sticks of Connecticut.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 12:54 PM


That's interesting. How were there projections that far off? This festival would have been/felt a lot better if it was just on some mid-sized field in Danbury than in a huge amphitheater. It was strange to see bands playing such a big stage with a big light show to, practically, nobody. I also think it has to do with the fact that it was in the middle of CT. If the same fest were to happen on, say, Governors Island over the weekend, they probably could've done 10k a day no problem.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 2:26 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 4:30 PM

Portland was cool 5 years ago. Definitely not today.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 4:40 PM

Band of Horses is the biggest piece of crap since that time Chipotle was offering free burritos and I ate 3.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 4:42 PM

I'm betting Portland is still pretty cool

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 9:43 PM

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