Two weekends of music at Horning's Hideout and Grand Lodge
CORRECTION -- Grand Lodge will host Americana music festival Aug. 12-13
With the summer in full swing, two local music festivals are setting up camp in North Plains and Forest Grove, both offering songcraft rooted in two very distinct American traditions.
Friday through Sunday, North Plains' Horning's Hideout is hosting the Fire in the Canyon Festival, a three-day outdoor event celebrating hip-hop music both past and present.
A rare outdoor event dedicated almost exclusively to rap and hip-hop, the festival boasts acts both national and local. Among the performances is a Friday set by newly reunited Grammy-winners Digible Planets, who shot into the American consciousness with 1992's 'Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),' garnering wide acclaim for infusing the hip-hop beats with old jazz sounds.
On Saturday, acclaimed rappers Pharcyde take the stage, also with a live band, while Sunday's headliner is Del the Funky Homosapien, who rapped on Gorillaz' hit, 'Clint Eastwood,' and has become an underground star.
In addition to national acts, the roster is packed with local performers, including Portland's Lifesavas, Sleep, Living Proof and Cool Nutz, as well as live bands that incorporate some hip-hop grooves into their repertoire, including Portland funk symphony Philly's Phunkestra.
Proceeds from Fire in the Canyon benefit Mercy Corps, and the festival also includes interactive art installations, speakers and more.
More music next weekend
On the other end of the American musical spectrum, McMenamins Grand Lodge is hosting its 10th annual Americana Music Festival the following weekend, Aug. 12-13, continuing a tradition of celebrating everything from bluegrass to rock, songwriting and independent music.
The two-day event, held next Friday and Saturday, kicks off with Friday performances by Ants in the Kitchen, Jordan Harris, Ben Smith and Mike Midlo and Friends.
On Saturday, the festival ratchets up with a full-day, two-stage roster headlined by acclaimed singer/songwriter Langhorne Slim, whose kinetic stage shows and wordplay have seen the troubadour's audiences growing throughout the indie-rock circuit.
Slim is preceded by festival mainstays The Freak Mountain Ramblers, whose raucous bluegrass has become synonymous with summer at the lodge.
The festival also includes performances by melodic Portland group Y La Bamba and up-and-comers Agesandages, who have been garnering praise with their lively stage shows throughout the region.
Fire in the Canyon takes place Aug. 5-7 at Horning's Hideout (21277 NW Brunswick Canyon Road, North Plains). Tickets are $110, and include camping. To learn more, visit www.fireinthecanyon.com.
The Americana Music Fest takes place Aug. 12-13 at the Grand Lodge (3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove). Admission is free, and camping is available for $25. For more information, including a complete schedule of performances, visit www.mcmenamins.com.
Editor's note: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the date of the Americana Music Festival.