Third Annual Not Enough! Queer Music and Arts Festival This Weekend

An instagram photo of a Not Enough! poster hanging on a Portland street post. It has their iconic lion-goat-snake hybrid roaring as well as the details of the night. Didn't it seem like just last week Portland had an awesome, two-day DIY festival? Start gearing up for another weekend of music, art, and community with Not Enough! Queer Music and Arts Festival. 

This is the third year in a row that Not Enough! is bringing together collaborative queer art, music, and performance. Just some of the festivities last year included music from Olympia's Queer Rock Camp, a documentary on the now-defunct Big Gay Warehouse, and a delicious cake that was half-confectionary half-art installation.

This year, prepare to have your face melted and mind blown from bands like Amor Oso, Telegram, and Voices. Haven't heard of them before? That's because the point of Not Enough! is to inspire new projects and to encourage people to try new creative endeavors and work with new people. No MFA? No background as musician? No problem. Projects have two simple rules: they have to be new and collaborative. Not only does this allow folks to really stretch their creative muscles and make community, you never know what will completely take off. Last year's Not Enough! saw the first performance of Reynosa—a year later they're celebrating the release of their first seven-inch.

Besides the bands, this year will have art installations, a pickling display, an amazing piñata, stand-up and improv, and performance art. The festival starts Friday at five and kicks off with a discussion on self care, health, addiction, and creating queer community. Plus: potluck!

Some of the organizers of Not Enough! spoke with KBOO this week about the festival, and you can listen to the full hour talk, with musical selections online at One participant summed it up well: "[Not Enough!] allows people to identify themselves as artists. I've always been intimidated by the word 'artist,' I thought it was a word someone else had to give you. Now I know that's ridiculous and everyone's voice is relevant and important and I really love that about this festival. It gives you a platform to speak, a stage to perform, a wall to let your vision be seen. As queer people we need to realize ourselves as whatever we want and our voices should be heard."

Here are the details:

a picture of an epic painting featuring a roaring lion-goat-snake hybrid jumping in motion.There is a bright rainbow behind that, and the painting is framed by shiny tinsel and streamers, with a banner reading Not Enough!

by Kjerstin Johnson
View profile »

Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch. She tweets at @kajerstin

Still Reading? Sign up for our Weekly Reader!

0 Comments Have Been Posted

Add new comment