Willamette Week’s MusicfestNW Adds Panda Bear to 2010 Festival Lineup

Willamette Week is thrilled to announce the addition of Panda Bear to the 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.

Panda Bear (of Animal Collective fame) kicks-off this year’s MusicfestNW with a special performance on Wednesday, September 8th at the Crystal Ballroom, in what promises to be the first of 5 incredible nights of music.

In a break with the past, the festival is adding to its 17-club, five-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 Pioneer 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.

Panda Bear joins an already start studded festival lineup that includes, 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. The full line-up can be found at http://musicfestnw.com/lineup/.

MFNW is also partnering with Nike for a series of free, all-ages daytime performances at the Wonder Ballroom. These shows include Ra Ra Riot, Phantogram, Washed Out, Surfer Blood and more. 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 are on sale now, at two price points:

– $90 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into both outdoor shows and the rest of the five-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 are on sale now. All ticket information can be found at musicfestnw.com/tickets


The Decemberists

The National

Panda Bear

Okkervil River

Major Lazer

Sleep performing Holy Mountain


The Thermals

Wiz Khalifa

Ra Ra Riot

The Walkmen

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

The Helio Sequence

Man Man

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

Mark Olsen (of the Jayhawks)

Cold Cave

Frank Turner

The Builders and the Butchers


AA Bondy

Washed Out

Black Prairie

Thee Oh Sees

Abe Vigoda

Big Freedia


Lazer Sword

From Ashes Rise

Devin Phillips


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 & the Minor Prophets


Y La Bamba

Kevin Devine



Austin Lucas


Barry Hampton and the Triple Grip

Boy Joy


Cheap Flight

Boys Eats Drum Machine

Cloud October

Dangerous Boys Club




Champagne Champagne

Deelay Ceelay



Haunted George

Henry Wagons


Dirty Mittens

Finn Riggins

Guidance Counselor



Joshua Morrison




Mike Coykendall



Nice Nice


Old Light

Past Lives

People Eating People

Permanent Wave

Pure Country Gold



Rude Dudes

Ryan Organ

S. Carey

Sara Jackson-Homan

Shabazz Palaces


The Dry Country Crooks

The Glib

The Globes

The Parson Red Heads

The Thornes

The Slants

The Upsidedown


Toxic Holocaust


Tyler Tastemaker

Unnatural Helpers

Unstoppable Death Machine



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