MusicfestNW, Friday: Dan Mangan

photos by Brittney Bollay

Singer/songwriter Dan Mangan hails from just across the border in Vancouver and developed his chops playing his lyrical, acoustic indie folk in whatever bar or venue would take him, touring incessantly after releasing his debut album Postcards and Daydreams. His hard work paid off with the release of his sophomore album Nice, Nice, Very Nice, which immediately brought Mangan widespread acclaim and attention across Cananda and the US (download his KEXP in studio performance here). Barely a year after the release of Nice, Nice Very Nice, Mangan will be releasing his third album Oh Fortune on Arts & Crafts Records on September 27. He will be playing at Mississippi Studios on Friday, September 9 at 11:00 PM.

Dan Mangan has a glint in his eye, a fire that burns in his soul, a gift for spreading his infectious energy on a group of people with his music. For this special KEXP broadcast, Mangan played solo acoustic, something he said he hasn’t done even with his own private time for months. He has been touring since February and has barely slept in his own bed all year — it would be a lonely life but Mangan appeared to be handling it with ease and charisma, something he is certainly no slouch at. Everything about this set screamed intimate, from his gruff vocals to his cleverly metaphoric lyrics. I’m sure he improved the disposition of everyone in the beautiful Doug Fir Lounge, a bar that Mangan claimed as one of his favorite in the world, tenfold, a nice boost into the early afternoon hours here in sunny Portland.








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