Buckle up, Portland: It's looking like the first full-blown, major-venue, post-pandemic concert act in town is going to be Machine Gun Kelly, the artist behind that one song you always hear on the radio, and also that other song you used to always hear on the radio a few years ago.
On Monday, McMenamins announced that it plans to bring back its iconic Edgefield concerts on the lawn this year—but instead of taking place in summer per usual, this year's acts will likely all perform in the fall.
The only concert with a definite date so far is that of Machine Gun Kelly—who, in all seriousness, has been a mainstay of the pop charts for the last few years thanks to an infectious rap-pop-punk sound—on October 13. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, April 30, at 10 am.
Machine Gun Kelly would be a hot ticket in 2021 under any context, but given that this will be one of the first, if not the first, big-name concerts to hit town in over a year, snagging a ticket to this one could be more difficult than booking a vaccine appointment at Walgreen's in late March. So if you want to go pound McMenamins blackberry cider and rage to hits like "my ex's best friend" and "forget me too," set your alarms and get the ticket sales page all queued up.
And because this outdoor concert is taking place all the way in October, you probably won't have to worry too much about physical distancing requirements.
"It’s important to note that for our shows to take place, we will need to operate our outdoor concerts as close to full capacity as possible," reads a statement from McMenamins and concert partner Monqui. "Given the fact that our first concert is scheduled to take place months after every American 16 and older will have been eligible for vaccination, and the low risk for outdoor transmission, we are confident that we can do so. As we have for over a year now, we will adhere to any state-mandated COVID precautions in place at the time of each show to ensure the safety of our patrons and our employees."