The summer heat returned to Portland and yesterday it was electrifying along Portland’s waterfront at MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst returned to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Project Pabst returns for its final day and tickets are still available.
Held at its home now for the second year, Tom McCall Waterfront provided an easy setting to manage between the two stages, Captain Pabst and Unicorn. However as the day went on the dust built up considerably in the air but that didn’t seem to phase the music fans. Cans of medal winning Pabst Blue Ribbon were reasonable priced for a festival at $4.00 a Tall Boy. Project Pabst offered a happy hour from Noon until 2:00pm for $3.00 cans. Other beverages served included selections from Small Town Brewery, aka Not Your Father’s. The new Not Your Father’s Mountain Ale was a featured offering.
Portland’s The Last Artful, Dodgr kicked off the day’s music with her hip hop that was followed by White Reaper. One of the bands we were looking forward to seeing was up next when Portland’s Filthy Friends took the stage. This “supergroup” consists of Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch and Linda Pitmon. They went through songs from their debut album, Invitation that was released this past Friday.
Pup, Lizzo and FIDLAR continued through the mid to late afternoon prior to Father John Misty taking the Captain Pabst stage. Josh Tillman brought a full band with him including a large string section that recreated his recordings in a chilling way. We caught a glimpse of Scott McCaughey and Bobby Bare Jr. enjoying the angelic sounds from the photo pit.
Then one of the more anticipated acts on the bill, Die Antwoord took the Unicorn Stage after Father John Misty’s set. This South African hip hop group brought a massive stage set that delivered the beats and some massive bass to the crowd.
As sun set the anticipation set in for the night’s headliner Iggy Pop. If there were any questions if Iggy still has it those were answered when he opened his 90 minute set with I Wanna Be Your Dog. At 70 years young the Godfather of Punk still controls the stage with a strong presence. Younger bands could definitely learn a thing of two from him. Project Pabst bookers nailed it when booking Iggy Pop.
Do yourself a favor and go to Music Millennium or you local record store and pick up an Iggy or Stooges album. You’ll be a better person if you did. Here’s quick video of Iggy performing Search and Destroy at last night’s show.
Today’s lineup is also a great one with Beck headlining tonight. Here’s the Sunday Project Pabst lineup.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.