2017 MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst Day 1

Iggy Pop took the stage and owned it during his 90 minute set at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)

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.

Project Pabst Unicorn at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. (photo by D.J. Paul)

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.

Lithics – 1:00pm
RVIVR – 1:35pm
Frankie Cosmos – 2:20pm
San Fermin – 3:05pm
Noname – 4:00pm
Whitney – 4:55pm
Spoon – 5:55pm
Nas – 7:05pm
Beck – 8:20pm

Here’s a photo recap from Day One of Project Pabst…

The Last Artful, Dodgr aka Alana Chenevert opened up day one of Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
The Last Artful, Dodgr got the crowd going to open up Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
The Last Artful, Dodgr laying it down at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
White Reaper energized the Project Pabst crowds. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Tony Esposito of White Reaper performing at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Project Pabst features more than just PBR and music. There’s a street art area. (photo by D.J. Paul)
The Project Pabst street art later in the day. (photo by D.J. Paul)
The Portland based “supergroup” Filthy Friends performed many selections of its new album at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Scott McCaughey and Kurt Bloch laying down the guitars during Filthy Friends at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Kurt Block and Scott McCaughey enjoying the time on stage during Filthy Friends. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Kurt Block, Scott McCaughey and Corin Tucker of Filthy Friends at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Peter Buck playing his Rickenbacker during Filthy Friends at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Kurt Bloch wore his party pants while killing it on guitar for Filthy Friends at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Project Pabst sponsor Pabst Brewing kept the thirsty crowds going throughout the day. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Father John Misty and his large band performing at Project Pabst. (photo by D.J. Paul)
Father John Misty performed at the 2017 Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Father John Misty brought the tempo down but the excited the crowd at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Father John Misty at the 2017 Project Pabst.(photo by Cat Stelzer)
Father John Misty at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Josh Tillman better known as Father John Misty performed with a large band at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Project Pabst featured Father John Misty. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Fans at Project Pabst enjoing Pabst Blue Ribbons. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Die Antwoord brought in a huge crowd prior to Project Pabst headliner Iggy Pop. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Project Pabst even had PBR beer vendors walking the grounds at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. (photo by D.J. Paul)
The Captain Pabst Stage at 2017 Project Pabst. (photo by D.J. Paul)
Looking at the stage waiting for Project Pabst headliner Iggy Pop. (photo by D.J. Paul)
Iggy Pop headlined Day One of Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Iggy Pop, the Godfather of Punk at the 2017 Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Iggy Pop at Project Pabst in downtown Portland. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
The legendary Iggy Pop at Project Pabst. (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Project Pabst Unicorn at night. (photo by Cat Stelzer)

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *