As summer winds down, sadly so does festival season. And with PDX Pop Now! just about a month past, the organizers (along with Party Boyz and XRAY.fm) want to remind you just how rad the all-ages, volunteer-run, #PDXmusic-only fest was.
The 2015 edition saw some 40 local acts take two outdoor stages at AudioCinema while another gaggle of basketball-wheeling bands took to the Rigsketball court for a tourney to demonstrate their offstage athletic prowess.
All in all, it was a great weekend of everything that makes the Portland music scene so vibrant, and we're here to offer you a little look back at 2015 with the first of several live videos shot on July 24, 25 and 26.
Surfy rockers The Shivas, alums of garagey, punky, DIY labels like K Records and Burger Records, rocked the first evening of PDX Pop Now! this year and you can now relive three-and-half minutes of their fuzzy, reverb-drenched set with the premiere of "You Know What To Do" below. And watch for the sound-reactive LED art installation backing the band—it was produced by CymaSpace, a small nonprofit dedicated to making the performing arts a full sensory experience for everyone in the audience, which is exactly what the group did during many PPN! sets this year by using technology to make them even more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing.