Words by: DJ
Photos by: Frances
Reggae veteran J Boog brought his unique musical stylings to the Wonder Ballroom this past Tuesday. The Samoan artist was the headliner for the Sounds of Summer 2017 Tour. Along with the “Good Cry” artist came opening acts Slightly Stoopid with Iration & The Movement as well. The Sounds of Summer Tour has been running for a couple of years now, with artist like Dierks Bently headlining.
The Wonder Ballroom was the ideal venue for the all ages show. Upstairs, lobby level, and basement bars were all in full force pouring up liquid courage and tasty brews. For those who were not able to legally take advantage of the adult beverages, the majority of the ballroom was available to the folks ready to tear up the dance floor. Although the Ballroom is a rather large venue, J Boog and crew had the building pushing capacity. With the vibes and established following all the artist brought to the stage, it wasn’t surprising to see such strong fan support.
When J Boog hit the stage, the crowd was already entranced by the sounds of Slightly Stoopid and Iration. From the time Boog first set foot on the stage, to when he said his final thank you’s and left the stage, the crowd was completely locked in finishing songs lyrics and providing the occasional background vocals. The Compton native played songs from his latest album, Wash House Ting and some cuts from his sophomore album Backyard Boogie, an album which let the Reggae world know he was not to be taken lightly.
The weather was nice, the vibes were on point, and J Boog with the help of his crew brought the house down. Anytime there’s a live band with a good artist like Boog, there is nothing to be had, but a good time.
Photos by: Jake Southard
Each year, What The Festival marks the beginning of summer in the PNW for us. The Splash pool is nothing more than summer on steroids – beautiful people grooving to loud, booming music. Camping at Wolf Run Ranch while hanging out with your friends surrounded by Mt. Hood is perfection.
This year, we were blown away by how many Portland artist & DJs took over the 8 stages. The talent from Portland was stacked with The Last Artful, Dodgr & Neill Von Tally kicking of Friday night. Later that night, at the ultra vibey Shinto Stage, Barisone had a dope, down tempo set. Throughout the rest of the weekend, Tyler Tastemaker, Mr. Wu, Reva DeVito, Eastghost & the whole Stylss crew really made a mark on the WTF?! line up.
The What The Fest family does a fantastic job hosting the 8k festival goers. It’s truly the best boutique festival out there in our opinion. Make sure to add WTF?! 2018 to your calendar.
As we head out to the gorge for Memorial Day weekend, we see many bright faces driving down the long road into the camping area of Sasquatch Music Festival. This place has something for every type of music listener, and once in a lifetime views to go along with it. As we step into the festival grounds and roam until our feet hurt, we get to see what an amazing time it was this year to be at Sasquatch.
Day 1: As day one started off we took a moment to listen to Corey Harper, a singer songwriter who just recently got off tour with Justin Bieber. A soft voiced, good looking guy with a sweet set of hands that can shred on the guitar. He was nothing short of amazing, and there probably wasn’t a better person to start off this festival with.