Last night I made it to the PDX Pop Now! benefit at Mississippi Studios, with a nice bill of locals. PDX Pop Now! puts on a free local music festival in July each year for all ages.
Headlining was Britt Daniel (lead man of Spoon, who lives here), with openers the Robinsons (aka Portland rock couple Viva Voce), and IOA (Amanda from the band Point Juncture, WA & friends).
Britt Daniel – He said Spoon has finished recording their next CD, and played a few new songs along with lots of older ones. One new long one was called ‘Mystery Zone’. He mostly played solo, and did a few with drummer Janet Weiss.
The Robinsons – Kevin and Anita both played guitars and sang – a nice set with emotional songs.
IOA – pronounced ‘iowa’ this was the first ever performance by the seven-piece band led by Amanda Spring. Cool sound with two horns and two percussionists!