It’s been an exciting week in Portland: it looks like the Northwest’s live music dry spell is over! Soon, Portland International Raceway is set to begin hosting live drive-in concerts. So get your small group of friends together and mark your calendars. Here’s what we know so far.
Road Rage by Detox Nightlife: April 16th and 17th
We learned one promoter, Detox Nightlife plans on hosting a two day concert experience series called Road Rage. Their Instagram page popped up out of the blue a few weeks ago, teasing more information. While not a lot is known about them yet, they’ve hinted that there are more events like this to come.
For now, the first show’s lineup and dates have been announced. April 16th and 17th are booked for a great show featuring Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Downlink, Truth, Hi I’m Ghost, and other heavy bass acts. It promises to be a wild night for Portland’s bass music scene. You can follow Road Rage Drive-In’s Instagram account for more information as it becomes available, but keep your eyes out for tickets to go on sale beginning Tuesday, March 9th.
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Escape Pod by Red Cube: May 1st
Another promoter familiar to the Portland area, Red Cube, also announced their own drive-in show this week. Escape Pod takes place Saturday, May 1st and features sets from Boombox Cartel, ATLiens, and STUCA for their own bass-centric event. Tickets are on sale beginning Friday, March 12th and you can find more information on the Escape Pod website.
Logistics and general information still unknown
We don’t yet know much about the logistics of these particular drive-in shows. From venue maps, to security, to COVID safety measures, there are a lot of unknowns. This is the first time a show like this has been held in the Northwest since the pandemic began, so there may be lingering questions up until the shows begin.
No matter what logistic or structural obstacles may arise, the most important thing is that we all make a commitment to each other’s safety. The only way to enjoy shows as we knew it before the pandemic is to follow safety protocols and precautions. So let’s celebrate the return of live music to the Pacific Northwest — we can’t wait to see you there!
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