Willamette Week recently announced the lineup for MusicfestNW 2012, now in its 12th year of showcasing some of the finest in national and regional music in one of the most compelling urban areas in the country. MusicfestNW is once again returning to the historic Pioneer Courthouse Square - Portland's civic living room - for three picturesque outdoor headlining performances at Levi’s Pioneer Stage headlined by shoegazing alternative rockers Silversun Pickups (Sunday, Sept 9th), mashup superstar Girl Talk (Saturday, Sept 8th), and the world music-tinged indie folk of Beirut (Friday, Sept 7th).
Beyond the Square, MusicfestNW will once again take over the city of Portland for five days, with 150 bands playing at 16 clubs all over the city. On Wednesday, Sept 5th, electropop upstarts Passion Pit headline the Crystal Ballroom (the band also plays the next night) and reunited post-hardcore titans Hot Snakes play the Roseland Theater. Ceremony, Julia Holter, Lightning Bolt, The Men, Trust, and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will all be performing special sets of over the September weekend. The festival also features rising hip-hop stars Danny Brown and Yelawolf, A-Trak DJing on the Nike Sportswear stage, and the debut of the Red Bull Common Thread series featuring guitar heroes Dinosaur Jr. with sets from the band’s two offshoots, Sebadoh and J. Mascis.
Willamette Week is also announced the debut of its very own tech conference to coincide with MusicfestNW. Portland has a rich and underrated tech scene, and in its first year, Portland Digital eXperience (PDX) will extend the MusicfestNW beyond music to embrace the technology and startup community by featuring conversations with leading thinkers, both local and from outside Portland. The event, held September 6-8, will focus on individuals who exemplify an "attention to detail, creativity, and the craft of building compelling experiences." Among the confirmed speakers are Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Evan Doll of Flipboard, James Keller of Walmart Labs, and Chris Teso of Chirpify.
For ticket information, see musicfestnw.com/tickets.