Oregon’s largest music festival, Musicfest NW, descends on Portland Wednesday, September 5 and rages on until Sunday, September 9 with an onslaught of bands including radio regulars like Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit and The Hives, and independent icons like Dinosaur Jr. and Lightning Bolt.
The festival also features many musicians and bands with ties to Salem. Typhoon — which is fronted by South Salem High School graduate Kyle Morton and features Salem natives Toby Tanabe, Tyler Ferrin, David Hall, Eric Stipe, Alexander Fitch and Devin Gallagher — headlines a concert on Saturday, September 8 at the Aladdin Theatre with Holcombe Waller and And And And. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door.
Advance tickets can be purached at MusicfestNW.com. Typhoon is scheduled to perform at 10 p.m.
“It’s an awesome privilege,” said Gallagher. “Getting to see such a huge array of bands makes me feel extremely lucky.”
Brainstorm — which features Sprague graduate Patrick Phillips — plays at 11 p.m. Thursday, September 6 at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison), and Sons of Huns — which features Willamette grad Peter Hughes and Salem native Shoki Tanabe — performs at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, September 7 at Dante’s (350 W. Burnside).
“MFNW is always rad to be a part of,” said Phillips. “The melding of national/international with local talents is what makes it such an amazing festival. It exposes those more familiar with the big acts to smaller ones and vice versa. It tends to be a hectic time with so many good performances and TBA Events overlapping, but always a blast.”
Ticket prices vary quite a bit (an all-show wristband is $125, and individual concerts are from around $10-32) and can be purchased online at MusicFestNW.com or CascadeTickets.com. Individual Typhoon tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door, Brainstorm tickets are $13 and Sons of Huns tickets are $15. A full schedule is also available at MusicFestNW.com.