This year’s Bumbershoot was a trip! With a stacked line up, most of Portland & Seattle made their way to the Seattle Center. Tons of people created long lines and hectic crowds. The music was loud, wild & we were left in a tizzy.
With Labor Day weekend wrapping up, Pomo and Anderson .Paak showed up to the Crystal Ballroom to a sold out crowd. Duckwrth opened up the show and soon Pomo took the stage accompanied by a guitar player. The upbeat, jazzy set was even better with guitar notes supporting the groovy vibe. The production of each song was so strong; people don’t realize Pomo is the one crafting some of Anderson .Paak’s greatest songs including ‘Am I Wrong’ and the most recent one with Mac Miller ‘Dang!’.
Fresh off a BET hip hop award nomination, Anderson .Paak took the stage with the Free Nationals. Anderson’s performance was filled with raw talent, packed with energy from start to finish despite being the last stop of the +50 show Malibu Tour. He maintained the same freshness as his Soul’d Out show in May. Newer fans helped fill out the under 21 side of the venue due to tales of his spectacular live sets that have spread like wildfire on the internet. Similar to his Instagram page, the visuals flowed, captivating the audience. He’s been working with media artist Simone Cihlar and Micah Stell to create the visual art.
Explosions in the Sky took over Crystal Ballroom for two nights and had the talented London based Preoccupations open up their shows. The two bands have a slow yet enchanting way of playing music that captivated the audience. Explosions in the Sky got us through a lot of study sessions in school so it was great to see them jam live. If you need some music to zen out too, these are your guys.
This year the two forces of Music Fest NW and Project Pabst teamed up to deliver an almighty lineup. This year’s tope 3 acts for us were A$AP Ferg, Ice Cube, and Tame Impala. Similar to last year, the weather was right and the PBR was appropriately priced. The combination of both festivals was a welcome approach, and having anything on the waterfront is special to the city. We look forward to next year, check out some of the best moments captured below!
This year’s Dîner En Blanc in Portland was a real life fairy tale. A bit of history first; in 1988 the white dinner began as an impromptu picnic by one François Pasquier in France. Everyone invited by François wore white so that they could find each other at the park they agreed to meet at. Flash forward and today the dîner is held by committee parties across the globe. As the tradition continues here in Portland, this year’s merrymakers gathered downtown at the Custom’s House to eat, drink, and enjoy life. Everyone wore dazzling white dresses and attire – almost as if angels were brought to Earth for an evening