Whenever a major festival comes to town there's a palpable buzz in the air. But when the event literally takes over downtown and spreads the wealth among a dozen or more venues, it's a whole different feeling.

That will be the vibe in the first week of September (5-9) when the 12th edition of "Willamette Week's" MusicfestNW puts down roots in Portland, Oregon's iconic Pioneer Courthouse Square for three headlining gigs as well as more than 150 more sets in 16 clubs aroun...

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