Summer Cannibals, Mic Capes among 44 artists to perform

COURTESY: SUMMER CANNIBALS - The PDX Pop Now! outdoor music festival and street fair features scores of bands, including Summer Cannibals, July 22-24 at AudioCinema under the Hawthorne Bridge.It’s free, it’s for all ages and it’s happening Friday through Sunday, July 22-24.

It’s PDX Pop Now!

And if you like rock ‘n’ roll, not to mention other forms of pop music, including hip hop and avant-garde, you would be well advised to take a crash course in local talent by attending the 13th annual festival, which features 44 Portland artists, including special high school band performances curated by Friends of Noise.

Artists set to perform include rising rapper Mic Capes, who counts Portland Blazers’ guard Damian Lillard among his fans; Portland duo Antecessor, who perform atmospheric New Age and experimental psych sounds; popular rockers Summer Cannibals; misanthropic punk rockers Bobby Peru; grunge-punk-classic rockers The Living Skins; and goth rockers Little Star.

Other acts include modern jazzers Andrew Endres Collective and Eyelids, which includes musicians who have played with Guided By Voices, the Decemberists and Elliott Smith, and who recently put on a fresh-sounding set at the garage-rock-heavy Nuggets Night.

PDX Pop Now! takes place under the Hawthorne Bridge at AudioCinema, 226 S.E. Madison St. The giant jam features two outdoor stages, a record fair, street fair, food carts and the annual band-on-band basketball tournament called Rigsketball.

Imbibers should know there’s also a beer garden. This writer can attest to this event being one of the most fun, eclectic and repeatedly surprising music festivals to take place annually in Portland.

COURTESY: JOSE VELAZCO  - Spectators get up close with bands at PDX Pop Now! The festival includes high school band performances curated by Friends of Noise.“I always like to point out that the festival is all volunteer, nonprofit and is funded mainly by community donations,” says Annie Ostrowski, festival spokeswoman.

Sets generally run 40 minutes and the acts alternate between an east and a west stage. Here’s the lineup:

Friday, July 22

Sabonis kicks off the festival at 6 p.m. and is followed by Saola, Ali Muhareb’s Mujahedeen, Dragging An Ox Through Water, Jenny Don’t & The Spurs, Snowblind Traveler, Loch Lomond, Eyelids, Gold Casio and Mic Capes.

Saturday, July 23

The Scribes start the show at noon, followed by Mr. Bones, The Tamed West, Tender Age, Andrew Endres Collective, Little Star, Lithics, Old Grape God, Tiny Knives, Love Cop, Landlines, Sleeping Beauties, Antecessor, The Lavender Flu, 1939 Ensemble, Speaker Minds, Lola Buzzkill, Fur Coats and Wooden Indian Burial Ground.

Sunday, July 24

Fossa Club takes the stage at noon, followed by The Living Skins, Blowout, Cilantro, Bobby Peru, Force Publique, Disemballerina, Arlo Indigo, Dead Cult, A Volcano, Consumer, Coronation, Maze Koroma and Cat Hoch. Summer Cannibals ends the festival with a set at midnight.

CD, outreach

In addition to the festival, PDX Pop Now! releases a compilation CD each year featuring tracks by local artists, and you can hear it and order it online at

The organization also does outreach programs in schools, featuring a full day of free arts programming and workshops, including ones on screenprinting and lyric-writing to hands-on experience with musical instruments.

For more information, visit

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