July is the gift that keeps on giving in Portland with all these events. Saturday will be no exception. First, there is Sand in the City & the Portland International Beer Fest…and now, the Big Busk with possibly 25 music acts in downtown Portland throughout the day. I received an email some weeks back about this and asked the founder what was this all about.
There's no pretension to it. I got the idea one night, posted an ad on Craigslist the next, and then it became a thing. The people that were into it were really into it, for various reasons of course but mostly for the reasons that make this festival different from others — being decentralized (no stage, no audience) and invasive (every corner is a stage, everyone is the audience), publicized (media mentions and other promotions) but insiderey (you could “wander into it” just by being downtown), and so on.
Yeah, it's an experiment. Busk and bust are different by just one letter. But so far reaction has been positive. There are forces that would like to see this become a regular event. Hopefully this one will be good enough to warrant a second.
I'm still recruiting bands. The roster is 17-19 strong right now. My ideal is 25 and I probably could hit it with a bit more time, but probably won't, considering.
It's happening between 2-8 PM next Saturday, the 18th, at various locations. The schedule will be put into the map on the website pretty soon.
And that's it.
More info on the website here: http://thebigbusk.info/