Iggy Pop, Father John Misty, Beck, Nas, Lizzo, FIDLAR and more come together for a summer weekend at Portland’s Project Pabst

It’s hard to argue there’s any better way to end summer than by attending a music festival. Making its return to Portland, Project Pabst brought a diverse line-up to the late August festival. After combining with the former Musicfest NW festival last year, Project Pabst focused on bringing bands for a 21+ crowd, while also providing great local food and entertainment. Situated right on the waterfront, the festival is in a prime location next to the heart of the city.

Iggy Pop

Father John Misty

This year’s fest was held on a hot weekend in Portland, reaching mid 90’s both of the days. This, in turn, had festival attendees sucking down Pabst like it was water. While there was plenty of alcohol, there was even more food, from mouth watering biscuit sandwiches from Pine State Biscuits to ramen from Boke Bowl. Both the food and drinks were needed to replenish our bodies after the sweltering sun beat down on us all day long.

Day one of Project Pabst began with a performance from local act The Last Artful, Dodgr. Comparable to the sound of Missy Elliot, she has garnered both local and national attention. From performing with Aminé on the Jimmy Fallon show to opening for Portugal The Man at a local show this summer, she is definitely one to keep an eye on. Later in the afternoon, Lizzo took the stage emulating sass and confidence, calling out the “fuck boys” in her charismatic and entertaining set. Next punk band FIDLAR brought the crowd’s energy up with a rowdy set that had the attendees making mosh pits and spraying Pabst in the air.

The Last Artful, Dodgr

Beck

After that, we needed a calm set, which was provided in Father John Misty’s show. There’s a lot of hype around him, but I couldn’t help but notice his confidence felt more like arrogance. After I wandered over to Die Antwoord only to learn that photographers were not allowed to shoot it. I really wish we could have, because let me tell you it was something to be seen, in both good and bad ways. Lastly, the night closed with the iconic Iggy Pop. He entered shirtless (as always) proving that even at 70 his age won’t stop him from keeping up his classic act. The rock and roll vibe was evident, for he even spat at the photographers during his set. There was a lot that happened the first day, and even though I was exhausted, I was stoked to see what day two had in store.

I arrived later on the second day because honestly, it was just too hot to be at the fest all day. I first caught indie rock band Whitney’s set. It was cool to learn that a few of the members actually grew up in Portland, so it ended up being a homecoming show of sorts. After I was anxious to get over to Spoon as they were the band I wanted to see most at Project Pabst. Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint, playing all the favorites like “The Underdog” and “I Turn My Camera On”. The festival energy switched gears for the next set with Nas, an MC who was part of the golden age of hip hop. Even though Portland doesn’t have deep hip hop history, the crowd was certainly thrilled to have a legend in their midst.

After Nas, I made my way over to see the last and arguably most anticipated set of the weekend. Beck is especially fun to watch as his music encompasses multiple genres in an exceptionally fluid way. As the sun set and the dusty festival grounds settled, it was evident on spectators’ faces that this year’s Project Pabst was not to be forgotten.

Whitney

Whitney

Spoon

Spoon

Nas

Nas

Beck

The Last Artful, Dodgr

Lizzo

Lizzo

Iggy Pop

Father John Misty

FIDLAR

Hannah Cantrell

Hannah Cantrell is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. More of her portrait and live music photography can be found at hcantrell.com.

Iggy Pop, Father John Misty, Beck, Nas, Lizzo, FIDLAR and more come together for a summer weekend at Portland’s Project Pabst

It’s hard to argue there’s any better way to end summer than by attending a music festival. Making its return to Portland, Project Pabst brought a diverse line-up to the late August festival. After combining with the former Musicfest NW festival last year, Project Pabst focused on bringing bands for a 21+ crowd, while also providing great local food and entertainment. Situated right on the waterfront, the festival is in a prime location next to the heart of the city.

Iggy Pop

Father John Misty

This year’s fest was held on a hot weekend in Portland, reaching mid 90’s both of the days. This, in turn, had festival attendees sucking down Pabst like it was water. While there was plenty of alcohol, there was even more food, from mouth watering biscuit sandwiches from Pine State Biscuits to ramen from Boke Bowl. Both the food and drinks were needed to replenish our bodies after the sweltering sun beat down on us all day long.

Day one of Project Pabst began with a performance from local act The Last Artful, Dodgr. Comparable to the sound of Missy Elliot, she has garnered both local and national attention. From performing with Aminé on the Jimmy Fallon show to opening for Portugal The Man at a local show this summer, she is definitely one to keep an eye on. Later in the afternoon, Lizzo took the stage emulating sass and confidence, calling out the “fuck boys” in her charismatic and entertaining set. Next punk band FIDLAR brought the crowd’s energy up with a rowdy set that had the attendees making mosh pits and spraying Pabst in the air.

The Last Artful, Dodgr

Beck

After that, we needed a calm set, which was provided in Father John Misty’s show. There’s a lot of hype around him, but I couldn’t help but notice his confidence felt more like arrogance. After I wandered over to Die Antwoord only to learn that photographers were not allowed to shoot it. I really wish we could have, because let me tell you it was something to be seen, in both good and bad ways. Lastly, the night closed with the iconic Iggy Pop. He entered shirtless (as always) proving that even at 70 his age won’t stop him from keeping up his classic act. The rock and roll vibe was evident, for he even spat at the photographers during his set. There was a lot that happened the first day, and even though I was exhausted, I was stoked to see what day two had in store.

I arrived later on the second day because honestly, it was just too hot to be at the fest all day. I first caught indie rock band Whitney’s set. It was cool to learn that a few of the members actually grew up in Portland, so it ended up being a homecoming show of sorts. After I was anxious to get over to Spoon as they were the band I wanted to see most at Project Pabst. Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint, playing all the favorites like “The Underdog” and “I Turn My Camera On”. The festival energy switched gears for the next set with Nas, an MC who was part of the golden age of hip hop. Even though Portland doesn’t have deep hip hop history, the crowd was certainly thrilled to have a legend in their midst.

After Nas, I made my way over to see the last and arguably most anticipated set of the weekend. Beck is especially fun to watch as his music encompasses multiple genres in an exceptionally fluid way. As the sun set and the dusty festival grounds settled, it was evident on spectators’ faces that this year’s Project Pabst was not to be forgotten.

Whitney

Whitney

Spoon

Spoon

Nas

Nas

Beck

The Last Artful, Dodgr

Lizzo

Lizzo

Iggy Pop

Father John Misty

FIDLAR

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