Posted October 1, 2015 by Gerard O'Sullivan in Show Reviews

Vegan Beer Fest // 9-26-15 // Zidell Yards

20150926VeganBeerFest12Portland hosted its first Vegan Beer and Food Festival this past weekend in Zidell yards underneath the recently opened Tilikum Crossing.  The L.A.-based festival has been around for six years in SoCal but this is the first time they took their festival on the road and what better place to come then to the Portland which has a well established vegan food scene?

The festival featured unlimited tasters of the region’s best craft beer, ciders, and kombucha. They also had over fifty of the top vegan food carts, trucks, vendors and restaurants.   But of course we went to go check out the impressive live music bill they assembled.

First up was Portland-based Genders who kicked off the music to a pretty sparse audience; most of the crowd was filling up on vegan goodies and beer samples on this unseasonably hot September Saturday.  Next up was Modern Kin, a Portland trio — made up of Drew Grow, Kris Doty and Jeremiah Hayden.  Doty, who masterfully rotated between keys, upright bass and electric bass, drew the masses to the stage  for their hour long set.

Then things got a little weird– which is to be expected in Portland– with Love Bomb Go-Go Marching Band taking the stage.  There were at least 15 members of this band and all wore skin-tight, revealing, silver attire as if they were sent here from some far away galaxy to bring positive energy to the crowd.  Mission accomplished! Love Bomb allowed the festival goers to finally shake their vegan hips.

Mimicking Birds followed. They have a very laid back psychedelic sound that’s quite enjoyable (I highly suggest their latest album, Eons).  And finally Thao & The Get Down Stay Down took the stage and lived up to their headliner status.  Thao blew us away with her energy onstage.  Playing nearly every instrument on stage, she was the vegan icing the on the festival cake.

Overall a really great festival put on by these folks and despite not being a vegan myself, I will be back next year!

Gerard O'Sullivan



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