Portland’s Lose Yr Mind Fest is back with its biggest lineup this year




from Portland To lose year spirit party is about as DIY as it gets. Born out of a series of house shows and warehouse parties, the scrappy music festival, now celebrating its eighth year, has come a long way since its heyday. But that doesn’t mean he’s lost his edge.

Hoping to provide an alternative to larger, more corporate music festivals, organizers Elizabeth Elder and Bryan Wollen sought to create an alternative space to showcase touring bands in the early 2010s. “We wanted to be a little more community-focused. And you know, a little more affordable too for the hungry artist crowd,” says Elder. They started hosting warehouse parties, which turned into two-day events, which turned into the modern-day Lose Yr Mind Fest.

This year’s festival kicks off with a performance by rock trio Death Valley Girls at Kelly’s Olympian on Thursday, September 1, as well as performances by Seattle band The Black Tones and doom metal band Mala Suerte. But the real meat of the festival runs from Friday and Saturday September 2-3, all at close-by venues on the Central Eastside vitalidad, Stacked barloweringand Swan Dive (the former Bit House Saloon).

(Lose Yr Mind organizers had originally planned to use their soon-to-open Lollipop Shoppe, located in the former Dig A Pony space, as the venue, but they’ve pivoted to the nearby Swan Dive due to construction delays. When the Lollipop Shoppe, co-owned by Elder and Wollen alongside Tulip Shop Tavern owners Devon and Tyler Treadmill, finally opens, it will be a live music venue and bar with a psychedelic rock and roll vibe; the name is inspired by a garage rock band from the 60s.)

This year’s lineup features 40 acts, nearly three times as many as Lose Yr Minds’ past. Performers include headliners (and locals) the Dandy Warhols and New York post-punk band Bush Tetras, who recently recruited former Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley after the death of their original drummer. , Dee Pop, last year.

This year will also feature two showcase sets, one from monthly hip-hop showcase the Thesis, which will feature Portland rappers Lord Lawrence and Bird Bennett, and the other from local label Mama Bird Recording Co., featuring featuring blues and folk artists.

This will be the first time that Lose Yr Mind will hire hip-hop artists. “As we have more stages and the ability to book more artists, we’ve branched out to introduce more genres,” says Elder. “We’re very selective about who we put on our bills. We spend time listening to them and making sure they work with the other bands, so we feel like our shows are pretty special because of the attention paid to the reservation.

At the grassroots, Elder says the event, which is largely a volunteer effort, is a chance for the Portland community to come together. The festival takes around 10 months to plan, with many employees working other jobs, sometimes even putting in their own money to pay for it.

“I call it a big house show. We hang a lot of Christmas lights everywhere. IIt’s a really fun community event. It kinda feels like some of the older days in Portland, you know, mid-2000s,” Elder says. “There were a lot of home shows and the rent was a bit more affordable, so we had a few other artists living in the Southeast at the time. And I think we kept that energy by doing that.

lose your mind Fest

Thu-Sat, Sept 1-3, various locations, $25-120

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