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Gay days at MusicFest NW

Big Freedia gets the sissies bouncin'!

Besides books, bikes and beer Portland, Oregon is also known for its local music. And the space between summer and fall is when we choose to put it center stage with MusicFest NW starting today and running through the 12th. There’s a smorgasboard of both local and out-of-town bands, DJs and performers and no lack of queers among them. Here’s where to find the gays amidst all the action.

Thursday the 9th sees sissy bounce New Orleans based Big Freedia self-dubbed queen diva, dick-eater, and late night creeper. The culturally queer, hot dirty south bounce has been called rap goes drag by Vanity Fair and is one of the most exciting things to happen to dance music disco. PDX could use an infusion of booty and color and I’d personally be excited to have other bounce-able bums at my back. This may be the most exciting performance of the entire fest.

The next queer block comes on Saturday the 11th at Rotture (315 SE 3rd) when DJ Permanent Wave (aka Jenny Hoyston) turns the tables at 8pm before the club hop femministas Sistafist and delightfully sexy gay 80s throwback Boy Joy take over the stage. Then the queer ante gets upped even more when my current local favorite Lovers pump out some brand new jams and JD Samson‘s (Le Tigre) Men turn Rotture into an avante dance rock party full of Macbooks and butt plugs.

Unfortunately it is during this same time frame that Seattle hip hop duo THEESatisfaction strut their stuff at Jimmy Mak’s (221 NW 10th). And if you hurry you can catch the for real turntablism of soul night favorite DJ Beyonda at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison) before Big Freedia takes over white ass Portland once again.

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