by Josh Gross
Maybe it's just the season, but it feels like every other blog post BW has written lately has been to announce the lineup for another big summer music shindig. Which is fine by us.
The latest addition to summer fun times is the debut Cruxtronica one-day festival, which will feature a big slate of electronic artists performing at The Crux on Saturday, June 29.
According to Crux owner Bob Cooper, groups attached to Cruxtronica so far include: Craysinz, which got top billing at The Crux during Treefort; Boy Eats Drum Machine, Portland's perennial dance party; and Hustle and Drone, out of Salem, Ore., featuring former Portugal the Man keyboardist Ryan Neighbors.
Hustle and Drone's smooth-as-John-Gotti electronic pop has been buzzing pretty hard lately, and the band is currently wrapping up a European tour, so it's a score for the festival. Check out some streaming audio below.
Also on the bill is Audio AV8R, a new electronic project from Portland bluesman Kenny Lavitz and a selection of local electronic acts including Brother Dan, Iconoplasty (Full disclosure: I am Iconoplasty) and several more yet to be booked.
Though hard details are still developing, Cooper says the plan is for Cruxtronica to run from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. and cost $10. It is also an all-ages affair. Viva le coffee.
The only question now is: What will the next music festival announcement be? How about a rooftop fest for Beatles tribute bands? Someone get on that, 'cause we'd love to blog it.