PickleFest is back and better than ever! On Saturday July 13th, the Portland Pickles will host their annual PickleFest at Walker Stadium @ Lents Park. Beer Festival and Baseball Game? We got you covered.
The Pickles are excited to announce the bands that will be performing:
SPEEDY ORTIZ, DOGHEART AND THE BLACK TONES
“Necessary brattiness” is the motto for Speedy Ortiz’s dauntless new collection of songs, Twerp Verse. The follow-up to 2015’s Foil Deer, the band’s latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they’ve endured from society’s margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being “outrageous and practical” in order to be heard at all. Dupuis, who both earned an MFA in poetry and taught at UMass Amherst, propels the band’s brain-teasing melodies with her serpentine wit. Inspired by the cutting observations of Eve Babitz, Aline Crumb’s biting memoirs, and the acute humor of AstroPoet Dorothea Lasky, Dupuis craftily navigates the danger zone that is building intimacy and political allyship today.
Prior to releasing their 2017 album, “Beach Farm,” Portland indie rock outfit, Dogheart, went from being a functional band to a two-piece writing and recording project consisting of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Matt Jenkins and Gray Hildreth. This rollback of personnel resulted in a collection of songs that sounded decidedly mellower than any of Dogheart’s earlier, more raucous material — particularly the two preceding LPs. The band’s new record, “Yeah No For Sure,” largely continues along this path. Like “Beach Farm,” the new album was recorded on an 8-track and exudes the same homespun charm. This is best exemplified by standout single, “Sign of the Times” — a chiming and leisurely garage pop morsel that compliments Oregon’s spring and summer weather perfectly.
THE BLACK TONES
Louisiana-bred, though born and raised in Seattle, The Black Tones’ reference to grunge god Kurt and the Native American quick bread cuisine, evokes “Southern influences in the grey of the Northwest,” Eva says. “It sort of creates this offspring of rebellion and soul. We eat gumbo in our flannel shirts, and we eat red beans and rice while head-banging!”
With over 50 craft beers and ciders from local breweries, the Pickles’ already impressible beer selection increases for one day only!
Included in the $20 ticket is as follows:
General admission ticket to Portland Pickles v San Francisco Seals
Commemorative pint cup
First 12 ounce pour
Access to live music area
Access to 50+ craft beers
Inside the PickleFest area, the Pickles will provide a variety of food vendors, including gourmet pickles from the renowned Olympia Provisions. If you already have a ticket for the game, upgrade tickets for entrance to picklefest will be $12 at the gate, or visit Picklesbaseball.com to buy upgrade tickets.