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Festival News from Lose Yr Mind and The Kidz Outside


There’s just one month of summer left, and Portland is making the most of it, filling the final weeks with a slew of music festivals: last week we wrote about PDX Pop Now!, which always lights up indie venues from the city. This week we will update you on the first annual Kidz Outside Festival and the Lose Yr Mind Festival. We’re also excited about the sparkling debut of Last Artful’s major label, Dodgr, as well as an upcoming opportunity to hear the Oregon Symphony perform. Hocus Pocus just before Halloween.


Two can’t miss upcoming events.

Portland-based hip-hop artist Mat Randol has teamed up with writer/artist Donovan M. Smith (Ignorant Reflections/Gentrification Is Weird) to create the Kidz Outside (TKO) festival in North Portland’s George Park. A collaboration between musical artists and Portland Parks and Rec, TKO is a free event for all ages with the goal of improving George Park and rebranding it as a safe, family-friendly destination. The first-ever festival will feature rapper/festival organizer Mat Randol, who will likely perform songs from his 2021 project, What are you afraid of?and hopefully a song or two from his great 2018 debut, Art of allowing. The impressive 12-year-old rapper J. Prodigy adds strong support to the bill, keeping it going for crowds of all ages. (Fri Aug 26, 6 p.m., George Park, 7240 N Fessenden, FREE, all ages)

Lose Yr Mind Fest celebrates its eighth year this year and returns for two days of shows taking place at four venues within walking distance of each other in industrial SE Portland: Vitalidad, Bunk Bar, Swan Dive and Get Down. On Thursday, September 1, the festival kicks off with a show at Kelly’s Olympian featuring rock band Death Valley Girls, sister Seattle-based rock duo the Black Tones, and Austin’s doom metal quartet Mala Suerte. Then, on Friday, September 2, the Macks will play Bunk Bar with Monsterwatch and Shadowgraphs. Two blocks away, the Dandy Warhols are headlining a concert at Vitalidad with Abronia and Roselit Bone. Although we originally reported that Lollipop Shoppe (in the former Dig A Pony space) would be hosting shows, the remodel took a little longer than Lose Yr Mind organizers Elizabeth Elder and Bryan Wollen had anticipated – they’re co-owners of Lollipop with the owners of North Portland Devon’s Tulip Shop Tavern and Tyler Treadwell. All shows scheduled for this venue have been moved to the nearby bar Swan Dive, where attendees can look forward to a Friday September 2 set hosted by Mama Bird Recording Co, and a special edition of youhis thesis hip-hop showcase featuring Bird Bennet, Sotae, Bathlete and Lord Lawrence. (Launch party: Thursday, September 1, Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington, $10-12; Lose Yr Mind: Friday September 2 and Saturday September 3, various locations and times, tickets here)


A new music release from a Portland related artist.

today’s successthe last crafty, Dodgr

After years of anticipation, former Portlander the Last Artful, Dodgr – or simply Dodgr, as she’s friendly called here – has released her first major label. today’s success Friday, August 19 via Interscope Records. From a sonic point of view, the whole project is an exceptional zone, with no skips. Starting with the downtempo album opener “Ode Feelings”, it’s hard to choose from these 17 wildly varied and superbly ordered tracks that see Dodgr dabbling in electropop, R&B, new wave, music production trappings, funky synths and dark, gritty rap lyrics. A number of high-profile producers worked on the record, including John Ho, Shroom, Keith Askey, Sam Brodie, duo Take A Day Trip, Roc Nation’s Fred Ball, Mark Ronson (of “Uptown Funk” fame, and ” HOT” by Dodgr), and Grammy-nominated record producers Jeff Shum and G Koop. My immediate favorite tracks (hard to choose and subject to change) are the goodness of “Understood”, sultry stars like “Midnight” and “Choker (feat. Siren and the Sea)”, and “Infinity”, which sees Dodgr sing “No matter who loves me/ I love me forever/ No matter who loves me/ I love me endlessly. Other highlights include poppy and lovesickness “YOU ” and “If Ever There’s A Chance”, which could well be on my wedding playlist, with Dodgr singing ultra-romantic lyrics: “If ever there’s a chance I could be yours / then I’m into everything / I’m into everything / because knowing is a thrill / to love you for real / and I’m into everything / I want to know everything. And of course, previously released radio-ready singles are all here too. So yeah, the whole album is outstanding, and now we’re looking forward to the team at Dodgr announcing a tour to support the project.


Some upcoming music buzz to put on your radar.

There’s arguably no better Halloween movie for the whole family to watch during the month of October than Hocus Pocus, in which comically vengeful witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) return from Salem in the 17th century, determined to consume the town’s children. This year, the 1993 classic will get even more streams than usual, as a long-awaited sequel is set to premiere Thursday, September 22 on Disney+. In other words, this is the year to go all out with Sanderson sisters watch-parties and cosplay. Luckily for Portland, there’s a fun, music-focused way to get into the spirit: As part of the Oregon Symphony Popcorn Package, which shows live Oregon Symphony movies on the big screen, the conductor Deanna Tham will lead the symphony orchestra. through Hocus Pocus score for three shows the weekend before Halloween. (Saturday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 30, 2 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, all ages, $45-95, tickets)