For $5, today's side deal gets you a ticket to The Fourth Fret festival (a $10 value), which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Hawthorne Theatre. The Hawthorne Theatre is an all-ages venue, but there is a 21-and-older section with a full bar.
The Fourth Fret festival will showcase local and regional bands from a myriad of different genres. Self-described "Chinatown dance rock" band The Slants headline the festival, and will play scorching synth-laden jams from their newest album, Pageantry. Portland trio Satellites in Silence will supply an intense set of rock and power pop, while local indie-rockers Marca Luna will entertain eardrums. Other acts include the bluesy folk of Brian Hinderberger and Eugene-based singer/songwriter Project 4. Spend an evening full of soothing harmonies, hip-shaking beats, and angular guitar riffs at the acoustically sharp Hawthorne Theatre with today's Groupon to The Fourth Fret.
- The Slants' brand of Asian-American identity means breaking out, trading in the old stereotypes, and maybe living inside someone else's skin for a while. While [bassist Simon] Young and [lead singer] A-Ron don't write exclusively about race, they say it was something they wanted to tackle with The Slants. – April Baer, NPR
- no security barriers between the stage and the crowd … meaning I get to be right at the stage with one of my favorite bands and have them literally right above me. At one point the lead singer kneeled down, got right in my face, and as we looked each other in the eyes we sang the lyrics for the song. Which is the most amazing concert moment I've ever had. – lauren m., Yelp