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Portland, October 8th. A lifestyle story – A rock concert on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge was the grand finale for a top secret series called MTV Iggy’s Music Experiment. Nusrat Durrani, the head of MTV Global was on board and caught up with Intel’s David Veneski. Sponsored by Intel, MTV staged four concerts in different parts of the country that featured rising stars. The Portland event spotlighted breakout Aussie alt-rockers the Jezabels. (Photo credit, MTV Iggy) Fans spent the weeks prior unlocking clues about the show and where to obtain tickets via Twitter.

  All about the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge with rising Australian band The Jezabels


Rising Australian band, The Jezabels, posed for photos on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge.

Steampunk was the attire for MTV Iggy's secret Music Experiment party sponsored by Intel

Guests lined up in their Steampunk finery on Portland’s Waterfront.

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.

Portlanders in line for the MTV Iggy Music Experiment party sponsored by Intel on the Willamette River

The retro-futuristic scene was the hot ticket in town.

Portland MTV Iggy Music Experiment concert goers

Portland MTV Iggy Music Experiment concert goers smile for the camera.

VAGABOND OPERA

Portland’s Vagabond Opera played the role of street performer, entertaining the line of fans as they boarded. The band’s smoky, cabaret-style fit the costumed crowd and 100-year-old ship.

Most aboard the Sternwheeler embraced the nautical steampunk theme, sporting petticoats, sailor caps, ornate aviator goggles, and the wildly imaginative stuff one associates with a turn-of-the-20th-Century industrial hero set at sea.

Most aboard the Sternwheeler embraced the nautical steampunk theme, sporting petticoats, sailor caps, ornate aviator goggles, and wildly imaginative outfits.

Atop the ship at the main stage, the Jezabels offered a triumphant cap to the evening.

Atop the ship at the main stage, the Jezabels offered a triumphant cap to the evening.

The show was a hit with fans.

The show was a hit with fans.

The Jezabels performing on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

The Jezabels performed their hit “City Girl” as fans looked up at undersides of countless Portland bridges. 

PortlandSocietyPage.com predicts  Steampunk might become the new hot theme for benefits next year.

(Last year’s top theme featured prohibition and speakeasies.)

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