Portland, OR (July 11, 2007) - Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various clubs around the Portland, OR, metropolitan area on September 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2007. Wristbands for the 4 day event are on sale now. Please visit http://musicfestnw.com/
for details on performers and where to purchase passes.
MFNW continues its tradition of supporting diverse genres that will appeal to every music fan. Confirmed to play are national acts: Spoon
, Aesop Rock
, Brian Jonestown Massacre
, Girl Talk, Roky Erickson & The Explosives, along with Portland's own The Thermals, Viva Voce, The Shaky Hands and YACHT (see below for the current 2007 list).
On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, 2007 launches with nothing but the hope for an even bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that honors the talent of the Northwest while giving back to the local kid-focused music programs. MFNW will once again benefit The Oregon Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame & The Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls for the second year in a row.
Seattle's KEXP radio will broadcast live from Portland at The Doug Fir Lounge September 6-8 during MFNW, with live performances from artists playing the festival. Listener-powered and community supported, KEXP not only serves Seattle but also has a large loyal listener base in Portland and around the world who tune into WWW.KEXP.ORG
through online streaming.
Last year, MFNW 2006 national talent roster boasted acts such as The Melvins
, The Silver Jews, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Little Brother
, Jeremy Enigk, and The Black Keys
, along with a strong local showing with The Lifesavas, Stephen Malkmus
, The Dandy Warhols
, Helio Sequence
, Viva Voce, and so many more. MFNW also saw a double in attendance last year and brought in more community partnerships than ever before. The first four years of the annual September festival have unquestionably met that goal, as MFNW has become synonymous with the region's best music, while experiencing 25-30% growth in attendance in years past, with a 100% growth this last year.
How MFNW came to be Portland's biggest music festival began with the departure of the North By Northwest music festival (NXNW), in 2000. Willamette Week, Portland's alternative weekly and longtime co-producer of NXNW, teamed up with members of the local and regional music scene to create a new music festival in 2001: MFNW. The goal was to create a festival, made by and for the Northwest music community that would be able to showcase the talent that lives here in Portland.
2007 MFNW Confirmed Line-Up:
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Roky Erickson & The Explosives
The Helio Sequence
Patterson Hood (Drive By Truckers
Jason Lytle (Granddaddy)
The Blue Scholars
The F---ing Champs
The Shaky Hands
Balkan Beat Box (DJ Set)
The Dirty Projectors
Sky Cries Mary
Old Time Relijin
Charmaine Neville, Reggie Houston, & Amasa Miller
The Minus Five
ATLAS (DJ Anjali, E3, and The Incredible Kid)
The New Trust
The Shook One's
And many other bands.....