Thurs, Fri & Sat, April 8-10
Berbati's Pan
10 SW 3rd & Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside

Festfest2004 is billed as the festival of all festivals. And though Festfest probably can't beat out the original Woodstock or even Bumbershoot, its three days of music, art, and film will guarantee that your head will be ringing--and not from all the hippie crack, either. For the second year, Festfest has rounded up underground artists of different mediums, corralling them all under the theme of "Carnival."

The carnival theme plays in the works of local artists like Extremo the Clown and Heather Q, who will be showcased alongside the bands and films. Nocturnal, one of the venues housing the festival, is even having the windows of the building painted to complement this theme. Also, if you decide to snatch up any of the art presented, rest assured that the proceeds will go towards a good cause, namely the troubled teen mentoring program, P:EAR.

Over twenty bands will play as 16 mm, Super 8, and digital video is projected on the walls and behind the stage. The films will be provided by locals including Festfest's organizer Matt Genz, Johnne Eschelman (who has long been experimenting with performances in which film and music integrate with his project the Distance Formula), as well as students from the Northwest Film Center, and more.

Over 20 West Coast bands will play over the course of the three days, ranging from gothy electronic pop to heavy rock. This is a fantastic opportunity to be (re)introduced to a slew of under the radar music, like the one-man, live drum and mechanized everything else act Talkdemonic; the profound experience of the Black Peppercorns, a duo of grade school sisters who rip out both punky rock and girly songs about their cat and first aid kits; and the depressed party-person pop of Wet Confetti. All that without mud, tents, or $9 hotdogs.

See Up & Coming for more info.

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