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Story, photos and videos by: Kurt Johnson

Lose Yr Mind Fest 7 is a Portland, Oregon produced music festival that promotes and supports both local and national artists. The fest accomplishes this by partnering with companies based in Oregon. The idea is to cultivate the artistic and musical communities in multiple venues and showcasing some of Portland’s favorite musical talents.

Advertised as a two-night event, it actually involved four nights from Thursday night, September 16th through Sunday night, September 19th, 2021. On Thursday night, the fest began with a Kickoff Party at the KEX media studio restaurant and bar, Dottir featuring the bands Roselit Bones and the Silver Triplits. On Friday night, festivities began with happy hour at KEX followed by performances at the Vitalidad Movement Arts and Performance Center. Friday’s band line-up included Acid Tongue, HELP!, Dommengang, Meatbodies and Acid Dad. Saturday’s show started at KEX for happy hour with DJ Shannon Shaw spinning her collection of vintage 60’s psychedelic rock vynil followed by live music acts.

Over at Vitalidad were Plastic Cactus, The Spoon Benders, The Sleeping Beauties, Scott Yoder, The Death Valley Girls and Deap Vally.


On Sunday night the party moved to Rontoms Lounge and Restaurant for the wrap up party and started with The Yuvees, followed by Death Parade and The Shadowgraphs closing.


Every style of psyche, garage, indie, alt and punk rock was offered during the fest. Additionally, psychedelic light shows augmented and and enhanced the band performances throughout. Light artists included both digital light shows and old-school water-gel systems. The effects were ethereal. The music whipped the crowds into frenzies and the mosh-pits were bumpin’ and bangin’ (This writer has the bruises to prove it, HA!). This writer’s favorite bands over the weekend were The Spoon Benders and The Yuvees. Their performances were tight, polished, hard-hitting and well rehearsed.
The Lose Yr Mind Fest began as a number of local house shows. It generated such a following that it eventually evolved into warehouse parties. This then grew to become one of the larger Portland festival events that it is today. POW MAGAZINE would like to thank the Lose Yr Mind Fest for allowing POW to bring the fest to our viewers. And of course, the bands, artists, vendors, volunteers and corporate sponsors who make the Lose Yr Mind Fest possible. You can see more of the Lose Yr Mind Fest at their website: http://www.loseyrmind.com/

I am an entertainment, show, band, concert and festival photographer experienced in shooting events of all sizes and genres. I am located in Portland, Oregon and am retired and no longer do any shooting or writing on a commercial basis. I am a contributing writer and photographer for POW Magazine. My past photo-journalism experiences since 2003 have been with a number of local Portland and Seattle entertainment. These include Portland's Positively Entertainment and Dining Magazine, Portland Music Review, the Cascade Blues Association Blues Notes Magazine, Northwest Karaoke and Live Music Review Magazine, and with the independent blues label, Delta Groove Productions in Los Angeles (9 yrs). For the past three years (2016-2019), I was a a writer/photographer to the www.x.dmndr.com ezine in New York. I also send occasional Karaoke feature articles to KaraokeScene magazine in Los Angeles. In addition, I publish my own Karaoke blog, West Coast Karaoke Review on Facebook where I write and photograph feature articles on regional Karaoke bars. I got my start shooting and publishing articles while in the Navy on my final ship the U.S.S Halyburton, FFG-40, where one of my assigned duties was as the ship’s Public Affairs Officer. This included submitting articles to local Charleston, SC newspapers along with the U.S. Naval Base Bowhook newspaper for two years until 1991. My goal with joining POW Magazine is two-fold, one, to shoot in as many new venues that I haven’t visited before and two, to hopefully benefit the bands that I cover and help them by providing strong photographic, journalistic and video coverage of their shows. POW Magazine’s Editor Sheena Salazar has already begun my training and immersion into video-journalism by having me shoot video on my first assignment, the Blank Tapes. Additionally, Dennis has taken the time to train me Editorial duties and in the mysteries of posting videos to Youtube. Now I have morphed into an actual Youtube Content Contributor! I feel fortunate to be provided the opportunity to expand my media horizon and be a member of the POW Magazine Team!! I presently am standing in for Sheena Moore as Temporary Acting Editor while she is on leave.