Free MusicFest NW Wristbands From | "Portland Centric"

MusicFest NW

MusicFest NW

Nice, Free Musicfest NW passes:

Luckily, I was able to meet up with Heather of this week. Lucky for you that is because Strands is giving away MusicFest NW wristbands–those are like $50…all because we/they love you.

Strands is a unique Oregon start-up that is working to help make a better experience for Portlanders. This giveaway is a help you/help them type of thing (they love and really appreciate PDXersfeedback)–and, well, that's just the kind of community company I like.

Here is a post by the Silicon Florist on Heather/Strands:

Why Portland? After trying LA, a native returns home to the northwest

You can follow me on Strands here if you'd like…

More Portland September events here.

Here is the contest info:

Win 2 wristbands to MusicFest NW

Strands is a local social media service that aggregates all your online content into one place and then gives you recommendations based on what you and your friends like to help you discover cool new things. They need your Portland feedback!

Strands is giving away two wristbands that will get you into MusicFest NW. To enter the contest:

1) Go to
1b) Click on “Request an invitation to Strands”
2) Enter your email address and use promo code "Pipeline" to sign up
3) Create an account and play around with the site
4) Come back to and leave a comment under this blog post with your Strands username and one thing Strands can do to make the site more “Portland Centric”

A winner will be chosen at random from the comments on August 25th. *** Just got a note this was extended until Saturday, 30th–so, you have some more time if you haven't registered***Good luck!

***Update: Just received a message from Strands that the promo code issues have been corrected***

Legal Stuff after Jump… No purchase necessary to win.  Enter by August 19th, 2008 at  Promotion is sponsored by Strands Labs, Inc., 760 SW Madison Ave., Ste. 106, Corvallis OR 97333 ("Strands").  Contest is open only to residents of the United States and its territories who are over 18 years of age.  Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited. Names and email addresses are collected for the purpose of notifying contest winners.  See the Strands privacy policy for further details.  Winners will be chosen at random among entries received; odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.  All entries become the property of Strands.  Promotion begins August 19th, 2009 and ends August 25th, 2008.  For a list of winners, visit  Only one entry per person per contest is permitted.  One prize will be awarded, consisting of two wristbands for MusicFest NW.  The value of the prizes is $113.25 Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and agree to allow his or her name and likeness to be used for promotional purposes.  All income taxes are the responsibility of the winner.

Strands assumes no liability for lost, late, or misdirected entries or for any computer, online, telephone, cable, electronic, software, hardware, transmission, connection, Internet, accessibility or other access issue that might hinder the ability of any participant to enter the contest. Strands reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion if necessary for technical reasons including computer viruses, bugs, tampering and other technical failures.  Employees and principals of Strands are not eligible to enter.  Strands will not be liable for typographical errors in these Rules or in other materials relating to the promotion

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41 Responses to Free MusicFest NW Wristbands From | "Portland Centric"

  1. Cassandra August 20, 2008 at 7:47 am #

    Hey I tried to register for strands with the “PIPELINE” code and got an email back that said I was placed on a waiting list instead of being issued a password to start an account! My poor ego can’t take this – I’m even rejected by a website!

    Just a heads up.


  2. Julian Chadwick August 20, 2008 at 7:51 am #


    Thanks for the “heads up”. I messaged Strands (it is still a bit early), and I’m sure they will fix any issues shortly. No rejections, no worries :)


  3. laura August 20, 2008 at 10:05 am #

    “The invitation code is invalid or it’s not set”

  4. Heather Nordeen August 20, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Hey guys- Heather here from Strands. Sorry for the code confusion. It’s all fixed now. If anyone has any other problems or just a question, feel free to email me at [email protected] Good luck!

  5. james August 20, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    getting the invalid promotion code still. not. fixed.

  6. Jodellwhite August 20, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    A great thing that could provide, would be a weekly feature on a local Portland artist. This would provide great exposure for up and coming artists as well as a spotlight on good ol’ PDX.

  7. savagegirl August 20, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    how about a Sustainable category? or Social Conscience?

  8. laura August 20, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    Okay score – works now! I guess you have to request an invite using the pipeline code

  9. Christian Bullock August 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Strands username – ChristianBk

    A couple of ideas on how to make Strands a little more “Portland-centric”:

    -Add a “green living” category… or even a “radio” one so we can talk about OPB!

    -An “alternative transportation” category that would lump together bus, train & cycling transportation.

    That’s all I got…

  10. Delilah August 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    Aww, I am already a beta member of strands. Does this mean I can’t enter?

  11. Jamie August 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    strands username: JMeFX

    add a map of your area, and where your friends are located and recent updates/posts.
    also have restaurants, places to shop, art galleries, things of that nature, or a way to tie in

    I’d also liked to see a spot on there for professional network sites such as

    Seems pretty cool, except that the user base is still fairly small. Good luck!

  12. Michael Haight August 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    Strands Username: mhaight

    A list of local haunts that the user frequents. Popularity of those haunts by the number of users that go to them by city.

  13. Jodellwhite August 20, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    I forgot my username, as it is also my name for my comments… (the following is a repost from 12:38pm) Username: Jodellwhite

    A great thing that could provide, would be a weekly feature on a local Portland artist. This would provide great exposure for up and coming artists as well as a spotlight on good ol’ PDX.

  14. Erik August 20, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    I can’t wait to try it. This sounds really cool but it’s been a couple of hours since I submitted for an invitation and haven’t received anything yet. I should probably be more patient….

  15. Chrissi August 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    Username – deviapacis

    Is there a way to search people via the city they’re from? Cos that’d be cool. I’d love to be able to look up music and events by searching through Portland natives. Or a map of events.

  16. ddethomas August 21, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    Username: ddethomas

    I was thinking of having a geographical category in addition to the others. Just an idea.

  17. Chris Faulkner August 21, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    username: faulkner

    If you want to make it more ‘Portland Centric’ it clearly needs to have five quadrants.

  18. wynams August 21, 2008 at 11:11 am #

    username: wynams

    I’ll echo the previous sentiments of having it be more Portland Centric to have NE/NW/SW/SE

    also I would like to see additional categories of:
    bike friendly
    MAX friendly
    family friendly and pet friendly (similar to current categories of movies, music and what not)

  19. kateri August 21, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    username: kjspinderella

    make a section for searching portland people and portland events. or if it’s already there, make it easier to find! also would be great to have a green/sustainable living section.

  20. dr. potatohead August 22, 2008 at 1:57 am #

    username: Dr_Potatohead

    more portland centric huh? i guess try to tap some of the stuff that makes portland special such as powells maybe an event calender, integrate there book review system etc.

    or music millenums keep portland weird campaign as an optional desighn theme.

    add soem way to decorate to show what you love becuse its realy the people that make portland special

    maybe an area to post buddy icon size web stickers for the things we love

    resteraunt review system like the book system thats there now

    or even a way to check out lesser known local bands goodness knows we have enugh of them lol

  21. tamarella August 22, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    Portland-centric: A calendar of free events by two primary headings, Indoors and Outdoors.

  22. Erik August 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    MyStrands: brkfstsndwch

    The Music feature is primarily what I would be using on this.. everything else is just a bonus. So, a way to suss out what other users are into based on musical genres would be cool.

    Other suggested changes for Portlandizing:
    *The ability to sort users by city. (and echoing people above me, adressing the N/NE/SE/SW/NW divisions could be nice, or even focusing down to the level of specific neighborhoods, i.e. 7 Corners, Buckman, Hosford Abernathy, etc..
    *More robust profile information, so that I can find people with similar interests.
    *some sort of Restaurant category

  23. kelly August 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    Name: exegette

    Also, echoing what other have said, sorting by cities, and restaurant reviews would be key for Portland.

  24. davidjamesrobins August 24, 2008 at 6:25 am #

    I didn’t see a place to select privacy settings. Does it even matter anymore?

    To filter by events I would like to see a calendar that shows upcoming events and as others have stated, break it down into specifics: theater, cinema, music, whatever.

    I just moved here from NY and I’m having no problem finding things to do through other blogs and sites. Why is this better? I would like to see specific Portland groups, or genre music/movie groups.

  25. Marcus August 24, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    Username: popmechanic

    To make the site more Portland-centric, the service should present those of us who specify Portland as a location with a suite of local blog feeds to subscribe to during the “add feeds” sign-up step.

  26. Matt Stangel August 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    Username: mattstangel (yes, I’m that original, wanna fight about it?)

    So, as this isn’t Portland-centric, but uber obvious, it prolly won’t get me the tickets. Though, let it be noted: If you want to centralize peoples’ web activity to one site, incorporate an email feed of some sort… while this seems like a no brainer, I didn’t see Gmail or the likes in the list of feeds available in Strands.

    Also, add a function so that people can search for an item of interest (such as graffiti pictures in the Portland area)– though set it up as an RSS feed so that they can constantly get updates on that subject, like Google Reader. That way, people can create their own Portland-centric content. Saves Strands a lot of effort in mining the consciousness of Portland– and through this people will show you what is truly Portland-centric.

    If I were Strand, I would be focusing more on general approaches to data collection, rather than specific interests of people on this blog– making a list of “Portland haunts” or whatever dude said up there, is an obvious no-no. You want people to create that sort of stuff for their personalized site– you can give people the ability to make their page easily personalized.

    Though, incorporating MAX friendly and bike friendly categories would be a great (as someone said earlier)!

    More RSS feed options, do it!

  27. Neva August 24, 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    username: lafevapdx

    I agree that Strands should include events, restaurants, and other activities for recommendation. Also, an option to share local news stories (like digg) would be nice, also.

  28. ani August 24, 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    strands username: johnnik

    i dig the site! no improvement needed so far from what i saw :)

  29. Julie August 24, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    strands username: xiexiepdx

    The site’s really cool. I’m definitely looking forward to spending more time messing around with all the functions.

    To make it more Portland-centric: I think we Portlanders tend to really like being a unique community – The “Keep Portland Weird” idea isn’t new here, but it’s definitely celebrated. 1) Profile something interesting or run a contest for the most “Portlandian” sighting each week. 2) Forget green tips (this is tongue in cheek as that’s a really great idea), but get more specific – tips for raising urban chickens, perhaps, or Portland restaurant dog etiquette! or scooter style; or profile electric and other new fuel car owners. 3) I’ve seen a lot of really dead neighborhood news sections – like a lot of cities, Portland has a lot of different communities – the schools, bikers, scooter enthusiasts, the workaday folks who wouldn’t be caught dead on Facebook but would be found in Walmart, the Greens, brew pub aficionados, club kids, whatever. Perhaps instead of trying to force the “neighborhood” idea, set up sub-communities to mingle or meet in these types of communities.

  30. diana August 24, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    strands user: bayless

    * radio (online listening/NPR) and podcasts categories..
    * interaction with either google maps or mapschmap desktop utility – incorporating a portland map with images..
    * incorporating’s interactive planner
    *,, or other review sites showing happy hour and restaurant options that are rated/reviewed..

  31. Strands User: JennyP August 26, 2008 at 7:00 am #

    Change the colors. It’s very clinical.
    I want to customize it!

  32. strands user: jpdocumentary August 28, 2008 at 12:34 am #

    strands user: jpdocumentary

    Portland centric? Thats easy. Sex and rock n roll or dating and more music oriented material – if you prefer (ahem). I can think of little that would be as compelling. Bring the sexy back. Yes.


  33. jasmine783 August 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    List of local places user frequents including bars/ happy hours, music venues, local sites- parks, etc., and how they rate with others, that can be pulled up on an interactive map
    From that how they would like other local events/places that match their personality/ keywords in their profile and or ratings.

  34. Bella August 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    I believe that the Strands website will benefit from having user artwork distributed about in the background. Using a random selector, this would give the website a personal touch and make it more personable to the Portland Spirit. The pictures could appear in the sidebars on select pages or as a faded background behind different threads, etc.

  35. cincan August 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    strands username: nych

    Implementing more third party services that are local to Portland (i.e. location-based social web service so users can “shout” there location.

    Featured Portland artists, events, businesses, etc.

    Organize, feature or provide coverage of Strand Community Meetups.

    Seeing as the site uses several third party sites (i.e. Twitter) to help users generate content, I think it would be handy if Strands made use of hashtagging as do various other sites. By using hashtags, people could aggregate content in a new ‘Portland’ filter category based on the hashtag (#pdx, #portland, #powells). Tweets etc. would automatically be associated with this filter….

  36. Conair August 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    Strands user name: Conair
    I would like to see articles on new up and coming artists, musicians, film makers, and authors from the Portland area.

  37. kimkaralekas August 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    How about a “best kept secrets” section for Portland? I recently spent 2 short months living in Portland and found out about/experienced about all sorts of great people, places, events, etc. that I had never seen on any Portland related website – just through word of mouth!

  38. scott September 1, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    come check me out on strands: ssteinbaugh

    what a great thing you all have got going. kudos! can’t wait to see all the good people of PDX!

  39. cincan|nych September 2, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    I probably missed it, but I haven’t seen any results from the contest posted anywhere…did someone win? Should I buy my wristbands now? :)

  40. joby81 November 6, 2008 at 9:11 pm #

    Strands user name: joby81
    I would like to see articles on new up and coming artists, musicians, film makers, and authors from India.

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