Daniel’s Reflections on Sasquatch! 2011

Daniel Ahrendt / June 2, 2011

The Columbia River Gorge is a beautiful place. At any point in time during the festival, anyone in attendance could look up from the main stage, stop drinking their overpriced alcoholic beverage, and look out at scenes like the one above. With the hectic nature of Sasquatch, especially when you’re a member of the press, one can easily forget that they’re lucky to be there. Yes, food and beverage may be exorbitantly priced. Yes, there are high school kids running everywhere high on general hallucinogens and…discovering themselves. Yes, you will be sick and disheveled by the end of your three night, monetarily large, musical debacle. Yes, the amount of trash that this festival crowd can generate in an hour, let alone four days, is enough to create a private dump and the people in attendance seem to believe they’re entitled to leaving their garbage wherever they want…

However, seeing a few of your favorite bands plus a few more you know and love and a few more you now can’t stand all in one gorgeous location with your friends strikes me as a possibly amazing experience.  I’m sure more than a few fans went home happier after just that. Some excellent acts played this year, including Pink Martini, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Archers of Loaf, etc. Although I loved Death From Above 1979 in my teens, this is the first time I’ve ever seen them and will forever remember how high my right eyebrow went up when I saw Sebastian Grainger dressed in all white with blonde hair.  I always find it amusing when one of the bands I idolized in high school gets me to think twice.

I would have liked to see a greater volume of smaller acts instead of eight different bands that have run the gamut of late night television several times over, but there is always next year. This seemed like a fairly sizable anomaly in the history of Sasquatch. Here’s hoping the line up for next year is more populated by fresh blood, fresh sound, and a little less immaturity. Here’s hoping.

The Decemberists at sun down
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips walking about greeting fans at the Yeti Stage
The Flaming Lips at the main stage at night 

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