There are few events more Portland than Biketobeerfest, which celebrates its 2nd year this Saturday. Hosted and created by Hopworks Urban Brewery, Biketobeerfest combines a beer festival with a celebration of PDX's bicycle culture and its love of local independent music. This year's festival is also benefiting the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Sunday Parkways.
Not only will there be 15 different beers on tap, but in the style of many other meet-the-brewer-style events, Biketobeerfest will be hosting meet-the-bike-builders as well, with many of the craftsman behind custom bikes on hand demo-ing their wares. Perhaps the coolest of them all is the Hopworks Bike Bar, which was designed by localsMetrofiets and debuted at last year's Biketobeerfest.
|Oh hey look, there I am with Hopworks Ben Love and writer Abe Goldman-Armstrong at the Bike Bar at last years festival|
I realize most people reading this and going to the fest are probably going for the beer, but I guarantee you that if you check out the music you will find something great. I should know, because I booked all the music for this years festivities.
Here is a handy guide with videos to the bands playing this year:
They play buckets and slide guitar and even banjo. They are a 2-man band that will rock your brains out with a blend of punk and blues that's guaranteed to make you sweaty just watching. Don't believe me? Check out this video:
6:30-7:30pm Morning Teleportation
You may not have heard of them, but Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock discovered them and snapped them up for his personal label Glacial Pace. Morning Teleportation have been touring around the country, opening up for bands like Modest Mouse and Cage The Elephant. Their music is sort of indescribable, but let's just say they jam out with a million instruments but don't get too psychedelic and keep it original. Like Hillstomp, they bring an incredible amount of energy to their live shows.
5-5:45pm Boy Eats Drum Machine
You've probably have heard of Portlander Jon Ragel and his projec,t Boy Eats Drum Machine. Once a full band, he went solo a number of years back and has found great success. Jon manages to spin and scratch records while playing sax, drums and singing to some incredibly danceable beats.
You should probably check out this sick video from his new album:
“Hoop + Wire” - Boy Eats Drum Machine from Jason Sievers on Vimeo.
Known for their indie pop swagger and ridiculously catchy tunes, the Ravishers are going to bring some classically trained rock and swoon factor to the keg stage.
Portland newcomers Quiet Life take all the various genres of Americana (Bluegrass, Country, Folk, etc.) and update it just enough with a little pop for it to come out fresh and electric and new that audiences both young and old can get into.
For more information: http://www.hopworksbeer.com/bikes/index.php
Biketobeerfest is from Noon to 10pm this Saturday, August 28th. The event is All Ages and will be held behind Hopworks Urban Brewery at 2944 SE Powell.