At the end of September Pabst Blue Ribbon threw a big music festival for the city of hipsters, Portland. With big name headlining acts like Tears For Fears and Modest Mouse for just over $50, Project Pabst was a big success.
Saturday kicked off the festivities for us, as we caught the very end of hip-hop artist K. Flay. We caught the next band X Ambassadors who have a huge pop sound with amazing vocals.
As X Ambassadors finished up their set, the crowd flocked and nearly doubled in size as we made our way over to see the Violent Femmes. They performed their debut album in it’s entirety. Then played all the classic American music.
To follow up the Violent Femmes, local metal band Red Fang performed. Though I use the term metal in the sense of the heavy rock days of late 80s metal. If you haven’t heard Red Fang, I highly suggest wrapping your ears around them.
After Red Fang was psychedelic folk rock band, Phosphorescent. They played a bunch of songs off their latest album, Muchacho that came out last year. They had a lot of reverb and awesome jammy guitar solos.
I didn’t catch too much of the next band Rocket From the Crypt, but they are an old school punk/post-hardcore pop band from the 90s. They had super high energy throughout the show.
The headliner for the day portion of the festival was Tears For Fears. I would have never thought I would be able to witness Tears For Fears live, and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a fantastic show. They played a lot of new songs, but also all the classics plus a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”
We left the main festival grounds at Zidell Park and went to the Crystal Ballroom for the night shows. First was locals Wooden Indian Burial Ground, who are a psycho-billy type of rock band. They even had Doug Martsch come on stage and play a cover of “Psycho Killer.”
After WIBG was Deep Sea Diver from Seattle. Another pop-rock band that we have covered for Treefort Music Fest.
Built To Spill was the last act for the night. They played for a packed crowd at the Crystal. Playing all their hit songs from all their albums, Built To Spill had a most excellent show.