As we relished what we took in during Day 1 of MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst we were excited to see what was ahead for us during Day 2. With more heat expected and less of a breeze we prepared for the low 90-degree forecast and made our way to Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Portland based Lithics kicked off Day 2 of Project Pabst and was followed by RVIVR from a few hours north of Portland in Olympia, Washington. Frankie Cosmos was up next prior to Brooklyn based San Fermin took the Unicorn Stage with its chamber indie-rock music.
Two Chicago based bands were up next with Noname followed by Whitney. Noname led by Fatimah Nyeema Warner led a set of her rap and slam poetry to the delight of the mid-afternoon crowd. Julien Ehrlich whom grew up in Southern Oregon and Max Kakacek leads Whitney with its Americana sound.
When Spoon took the Captain Pabst Stage the festival grounds began filling up. Led by former six year Portland resident Britt Daniel, he and his band laid down a heavy beat that got the crowd moving. Its set spanned its catalog in addition to a few new songs from its recent album Hot Thoughts.
Then to close out the Unicorn Stage Nas took the stage a bit past 7:05pm. With the Morrison Bridge in the background of the north stage, Nas brought a few spectators our to catch his performance from the outside.
However the real energy of the night set in when 10,000 festival attendees waited for Beck to take the stage at 8:20pm to close out the 2017 edition of Project Pabst. Though he may not have received the memo that it’s actually a Pabst Unicorn as he continued to call the Project Pabst icon a Pegasus, Beck offered a great performance of songs from his music rich catalog.
Until next year here’s a photo recap of photos from Cat Stelzer from Day Two of Project Pabst…
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.