I thought MFNW might stand for Moon Fairies Never Wait or Mountains Falling, Now What? or Maybe Fish Need Wheels. And PDX? That could be Patient Dragon X-Ray.
Really though, neither are that tricky or weird. MFNW stands for MusicFestNW, a festival happening from September 5-9 and hosted by Willamette Weekly, an alt-weekly newspaper in Portland. As for PDX, that’s Portland Digital eXperience, a tech conference coinciding with the festival from September 6-8, a first in the event’s 12-year history. The third-largest indoor music festival in the nation meets a brand-spankin’ new set of panels focused on cool technology and Portland’s rad start-up scene. It’ll be a good ol’ fashioned creative extravaganza. You could hear speakers such as Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Evan Doll of Flipboard, James Keller of Walmart Labs, and Chris Teso of Chirpify, then head over to one of 17 participating venues to catch as many of the festival’s 150 shows as you can. Headliners include Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit, Girl Talk, and Beirut, plus Arrington De Dionyso, Ceremony, Future Islands, Hot Snakes, Julia Holter, John Maus, Mirroring, Moonface, Swans, The Men, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Tallest Man on Earth, Xiu Xiu, and tons of others.
Wristbands and tickets and such are on sale now — 125 bones will get you an all-inclusive wristband, which means admission to all three outdoor shows (Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk, Beirut), and 75 will get you a ticket to one outdoor show and admission to the rest of the festival. Scuttle over here to check out other prices and combinations.