a real cool time was had


Here’s some video of the mighty Macrocosm at Escalator Fest III this past weekend.
(more video and pictures to come, you can peep some here and here).

Thanks to all of the amazing bands that played this year- Fruiting Bodies, Lunar Grave, This Blinding Light, Swahili, Midday Veil, Ayahuasca Travelers, Macrocosm, Rose Windows, Diminished Men and Fungal Abyss (the perfect finale! Great job dudes).
And to the DJs (Explorateur, Gel-Sol, Adam Svenson, Mama Casserole, Papa Yod and Miss Clarita -you guys are the jam) and video artists: David Golightly(Midday Veil), Darlene Nordyke(Lunar Grave), Ellie Dicola(Rose Windows), Rena Bussinger(Swahili) and Aubrey Nehring(everything else).
Thanks to all of the many people who made it happen this year. Emily Pothast, David Golightly, Rena Bussinger and Darlene Nordyke (yall is freaks!) Scott and Li at the Lo-Fi, Dave Segal, Jonathan Meepers, Steve Quenell and a very big thanks to Andrew Crawshaw of 112 Printworks for the fantastic screenprint job on the Escalator III posters (We still have copies left for $10- contact aubrey@portableshrines.com to procure this fine hand made 3-color print).

And of course thanks to all you super freaks for coming down and hanging with us. It was a great weekend.



Read Dave Segal’s Escalator Fest preview in the Stranger to help mentally prepare yourself for the imminent freak out.

See below for a special on 2-day advance passes.



This Blinding Light

ESCALATOR III – Special Discounted 2-day Passes Now Available!

Fungal Abyss at the Comet Tavern

Fungal Abyss at the Comet Tavern. Photo by Invisible Hour.

Portable Shrines Escalator Fest III is this Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24!

Friday’s lineup features performances by Midday Veil, Swahili (PDX), This Blinding Light, Lunar Grave (PDX) and The Fruiting Bodies, while Saturday will feature Fungal Abyss, Diminished Men, Rose Windows, Macrocosm (PDX) and Ayahuasca Travellers.

Tickets will be $10 per night at the door.  The sale of advance 2-day passes has ENDED. All advance sales will be at will-call. There are no physical tickets for Escalator III.

See you this weekend!


See you at *ESCALATOR FEST* this weekend!


This year’s poster was the first collaboration between Aubrey Nehring and Steve Quenell. A limited edition screenprint will be available through Andrew Crawshaw at 112 Printworks in Fremont.

If you haven’t stopped by the 112 Printworks Shop you’d best do so. Aside from being a gallery of fine screenprinted art with new artists every month it also the new home to the most fabulous Leary Records formerly located at Resolution Audio in Ballard. They’ll be having a groovy DJ party next month to celebrate the merger.


Get Escalated


Ayahuasca Travelers kick off the 2nd night of this year’s Escalator Fest. Darwin’s old group Treetarantula played the 1st Esacalator Fest and now he’s back and ready to take you on a cosmic voyage.

Check out their bithchin’ new album Ill Viloato Fuzz. with tracks recorded by James Davis (Master Musician’ of Bukakke) and mastered by Mell Dettmer (Earth, SUNNO))), Black Mountain, etc.) Muy heavy…

white fence


your new favorite candy….




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Portable Shrines Escalator Fest III – Full Lineup Announced


Escalator III has been scheduled for Sept. 23 and 24 at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery in Seattle. This year’s lineup is entirely comprised of Northwest bands, making it quite possibly the first ever multi-day festival devoted completely to Northwest garage, psych and experimental rock.

Friday, September 23:







Saturday, September 24:






With DJs Mamma Casserole, Papa Yod, Explorateur, Veins, Garek Druss and Adam Svenson spinning in the lounge + visuals by Portable Shrines.

One the Event this weekend…FREE!


One the Event is a free 3 day event with the intent of healing humanity regarding the 9/11 tragedy. Tens of thousands of people will be joining musicians, speakers, and celebrities, both live and on the web to intentionally send love, compassion and unity to all of humanity.

Please consider attending the Gathering events happening at the University of Washington Friday 9/9/11 and Saturday 9/10/11 for the 2-day Experiential Solutions & Empowerment Gathering & Global Webcast, featuring a speakers, workshops, community dialogues, solutions sessions, inspired live music, high impact poetry, delicious nutritious food and a global interactive webcast.

On 9/11/11 There is the actual One the Event featuring local music, inspirational speakers, celebration and ceremony in Seattle Center’s Memorial Stadium. The afternoon will culminate with a global synchronized moment of love shared with millions of people worldwide at 3:46pm PDT and lead by founder of ONE: Becoming One Erik Lawyer.

The event is still accepting volunteers as well-there will be a meeting today 9/8/11 6 pm in Red Square at the University of Washington, or you can go to http://onetheevent.org/volunteer.html to sign up.