Back in 2004, none of the visionaries who started PDX Pop Now! in festival form (an evolution from its late 90's incarnation as a listserv) likely had much of an idea what it would become.Ten years later, it's become all they probably hoped and then some.
The gear up for this year's edition of the all-local, all-ages summertime rite that is the festival (not to mention the compilation) begins in earnest Thursday night with Make It Pop at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel (full details). The annual fundraising event this year doubles as a celebration of the organization's 10th anniversary, with a diverse bill of PDX Pop alumns playing sets in Kelli Schaefer, Monarques, Grandparents and Ezza Rose. There'll be hors d’oeuvres! Desserts! Libations! Plus the unveiling of this year's compilation tracklist, which is always exciting given the discoveries we inevitably make from the collection every year.
And okay, I'll be there, too, "spinning" under the guise of my streetwise, clubby alter-ego "DJ Jeremy Petersen" and playing sets with an historical perspective on the festival and compilation. There will be a test at the conclusion!
Tickets are here, see you there!
In the meantime, evisit our February 2011 session with Kelli Schaefer:
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