Project Pabst Music Festival 2016

Going three years strong, Portland’s Project Pabst Music Festival is becoming a mainstay for summer music festivals in the Pacific Northwest. This year Project Pabst has teamed up with MusicFest Northwest in order to expand into a music festival like that of Bumbershoot or SASQUATCH!.

According to the official press release:

The festival will offer a unique experience, incorporating music, art, hands-on experiences, as well as food and beer at reasonable “non-festival” prices. Festivalgoers will be entertained with the PBRcade, PBR Vandalism, and PBR Wax. Notes PBR National Brand Ambassador Matt Slessler, “we focused on getting bands we like, but we also want to incorporate art, heritage and the overall lifestyle of our brand. By joining forces with MusicfestNW, we’’ve added an additional 15 years of Portland history to the festival.

Project Pabst has also expanded to Denver, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. While the Denver festival was two dates, Atlanta’s and Philly’s are only one.

Duran Duran headlines Saturday of Project Pabst. Photo by Stephanie PistelStephanie Pistel

Duran Duran headlines Saturday of Project Pabst.

This year’s lineup will feature 80s New Wave legend Duran Duran, who headline Saturday, while a recently reunited Ween will play Sunday. Other artists include legendary rapper Ice Cube, Austrailian alt-rockers Tame Impala, indie darlings Nathaniel Ratliff and The Night Sweats, and punk rocker turned motivational speaker Andrew W.K.

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Weekend passes and individual tickets for Sunday are sold out. However, Saturday individual tickets are still available for $55, and can be purchased either through Ticketfly or at the box office with a reduced service fee.



Saturday, August 27

8:20pm – Duran Duran

7:00pm – Ice Cube

5:55pm – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

4:55pm – Strfkr

4:00pm – A$AP Ferg

3:05pm – Andrew W.K.

2:20pm – Liv Warfield

1:35pm – The Coathangers

1:00pm – Kyle Craft


Sunday, August 28

8:20pm – Tame Impala

7:00pm – Ween

5:55pm – Drive Like Jehu

4:55pm – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

4:00pm – Parquet Courts

3:05pm – Sheer Mag

2:20pm – Hop Along

1:35pm – Diarrhea Planet

1:00pm – Tenement



Xander is a veteran freelance photojournalist and writer. He has covered many top national and local artists for multiple local and national publications including SMI. On his spare time, he's either producing episodes of VNYLden, or tending to his vinyl collection.