Portland’s MusicfestNW is generally regarded as the best weekend of the year for a city that always has a ton of great weekends. They’ve just announced the initial lineup for Willamette Week‘s MusicFestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 and it’s pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9) in Pioneer Courthouse Square, in addition to all the smaller shows at venues strewn about the city.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Tickets come in three varieties: $115 for an all show wristband, $70 for all venue shows plus admission to one outdoor show, or $250 for the VIP wristband which guarantees entry into any show (which is handy if you want to bounce around and not wait in line or miss any shows).
List of bands after the jump. It’s already time to start planning your schedule.
A Storm of Light, Akimbo, Alela Diane, Anais Mitchell, And And And, Archers, Archers of Loaf, Avi Buffalo, Band of Horses, Bare Wires, Beat Connection, Big Freedia, Black Prairie, Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Blouse, Boat, Bobby Bare Jr., Butthole Surfers, Caleb Klauder, Cass McCombs, Celilo, Centro-Matic, Charles Bradley, Climber, Crooked Fingers, Crypts, Dam-Funk & Master Blaster, Dangerous Boys Club, Death Songs, Dennis Coffey, Diesto, Dirty Beaches, Dirty Mittens, DJ Anjali, Dolorean, E Rock, E3, Elitist, EMA, Emily Wells, Eternal Tapestry, Explosions in the Sky, Fernando, GIVERS, Glass Candy, GRAILS, Hammerhead, Handsome Furs, Heavy Cream, Holcombe Waller, Horse Feathers, Iron & Wine, Jared Mees & the Grown Children, Jeffrey Jerusalem, Joe Pug, Kelly Blair Bauman, Kylesa, Lifesavas, Little Dragon, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mad Rad, Marius Libman, Mnemonic Sounds, Monarques, Morning Teleportation, Natasha Kmeto, Nether Regions, Neurosis, Old Light, Olivia Tremor Control, Operative, Phantogram, Pierced Arrows, Pig Destroyer, Portland Cello Project, PS I Love You, Purple & Green, Quiet Life, Rabbits, Rebecca Gates, Reporter, Rhett Miller, Richmond Fontaine, RTX, Sean Flinn & the Royal We, Sebadoh, Shabazz Palaces, Sharon Van Etten, Sleepy Sun, Soft Kill, Talkdemonic, Ted Leo, Tennis, The Angry Orts, The Antlers, The Dimes, The Gaslamp Killer, The Globes, The Hood Internet, The Horrors, The Incredible Kid, The Joy Formidable, The Kills, The Ladybug Transistor, The Minders, The Miracles Club, The Moondoggies, The Needful Longings, The Soft Moon, The Thermals, The Vaccines, The Wizard Rifle, Thee Oh Sees, Thornes, Thousands, Transient, Twin Sister, TxE, Ty Segall, Typhoon, UME, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Violet Isle, Viva Voce, WEINLAND, White Hills, Wild Ones, Witch Mountain, Y La Bamba, Yacht, YOB, You Am I, Zuzuka Poderosa