Willamette Week’s MusicfestNW announces 2010 festival lineup for Sept. 9-12

Willamette Week is thrilled to announce the preliminary lineup for MusicfestNW, now in its 10th year of showcasing the finest in national and regional music in one of the most compelling urban areas anywhere.

In a break with the past, the festival is adding to its 17-club, four-night, 160-band festival two outdoor performances in Portland’s civic living room: historic Pioneer Courthouse Square, in the very belly of downtown Portland.

Two of America’s peerless rock bands, local folk-rock heroes The Decemberists and critically lauded art-rockers The National, headline the Levi’s Stage at Pioneer Courthouse stage on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12.

Since MFNW’s beginning (as North by Northwest), it has aspired to put on a diverse event, one that honors one of this region’s best exports—the Northwest music scene—while looking to the future beyond the horizon.

Other confirmed headliners include Austin folk-rock band Okkervil River, booty-bounce dance juggernaut Major Lazer, reunited metal outfit Sleep, Portland’s beloved indie rock trios The Thermals and Menomena, emerging hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, and New York City’s effortlessly cool The Walkmen.

 Seattle’s KEXP 90.3-FM—one of America’s finest public radio stations and a leading authority in indie rock—will broadcast MFNW live from Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge and feature in-studio performances from the festival.

MFNW is also partnering with Nike for a series of free, all-ages daytime performances at the Wonder Ballroom. Headliners and set times will be announced soon. 

MusicfestNW is a project of Willamette Week, Portland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning alt-weekly, as well as members of the regional music, food and drink scenes.

Here’s a very partial list of past performances: Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Sunny Day Real Estate, Spoon, Girl Talk, Explosions in The Sky, M. Ward, Built to Spill, Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Silver Jews, and Rilo Kiley.

Festival wristbands go on sale June 5, 2010, at two price points:

-$90 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into both outdoor shows and the rest of the four-day festival.

-$65 for one of the two outdoors shows (The Decemberists or The National) and the rest of the fest.

Individual tickets for shows at Pioneer Square, Crystal Ballroom, and The Roseland Theater will also be on sale June 5. All ticket information can be found at musicfestnw.com/tickets

Full preliminary lineup:

The Decemberists

The National

Okkervil River

Major Lazer

Sleep performing Holy Mountain


The Thermals

Wiz Khalifa

Ra Ra Riot

The Walkmen

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

The Helio Sequence

Justin Townes Earle


David Bazan

The Tallest Man on Earth

The Gories

No Means No

Man Man

Laura Veirs

Bobby Bare Jr.

Titus Andronicus

Surfer Blood


Crooked Fingers

Shonen Knife


People Under the Stairs

Cold Cave

Frank Turner

The Builders and the Butchers


Washed Out

Black Prairie

Thee Oh Sees

Abe Vigoda

Big Freedia


Laser Sword

From Ashes Rise

Devin Phillips

The Suckers

Trash Talk

Scott Kelly

Rocky Votolato

Blue Giant

The Minus 5

Dan Mangan

Jeff the Brotherhood

Marc Olson

Red Fang

The Zeros

Let’s Wrestle

Pierced Arrows

The Bellrays


Portland Cello Project

The Magic Kids

DJ Beyonda

Richmond Fontaine

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

Tu Fawning

Death by Stereo



White Hinterland


Damion Suomi


Y La Bamba

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