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.
|Music Fest NW got big-time at Crystal Ballroom & Pioneer Courthouse Square.
|Alt-country & -folk dominated Day Three of Music Fest NW, with more else as well.
|The kids (and adults) were alright on Day Two of Music Fest NW.
|Music Fest NW 2010 kicked off with solo electronic artists at Crystal Ballroom.
37 Bands, 783 photos:
ASSS – Holocene
David Bazan – Doug Fir Lounge
Lazer Sword – Rotture
Murderess – Satyricon
Mynabirds – Mississippi Studios
Talkdemonic – Pioneer Courthouse Square
Titus Andronicus – Backspace
Rocky Votolato – Doug Fir Lounge
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