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Festival Preview: Pickathon 2015

July 27, 2015

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There’s a lot of talk about Pickathon being so many things for many different kinds of people. I’m sure we can all agree on one: it’s so aware of itself.
Pickathon prides itself on environment-awareness, family-awareness and

general awareness of the importance in community.

Here’s to hoping we spend hundreds of dollars to listen to our favorite artists and hang out in the middle of nowhere with strangers to build connections. The Pendarvis farm, who has been hosting the festival since 2006, holds multiple gorgeous and innovative venues within its forest setting. If the Woods stage doesn’t charm you enough, Pickathon’s Treeline stage will. Its redesign by PSU’s School of Architecture is destined to blow festival attendees away.

To start the festival weekend off on Thursday night, Portlandia will be filming for one of their episodes during the opening night party. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all else is unleashed. Below, we’ve listed our choice highlights.

Up-and-Coming Artists to Watch on the Lineup

Jessica Pratt. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Jessica Pratt. Photo courtesy of the artist.

This year’s lineup features amazing music from the psychedelic, garage and folk genres. Now LA-based Jessica Pratt dropped her 2015 release, On Your Own Love Again, and it set her apart from other folk singer-songwriters through her wispy and recognizable vocals. Her performances include only Pratt and another guitarist. It’s quiet. It seems to be simple but you’ll be daydreaming or nightdreaming away.

See Jessica Pratt at the Treeline stage at 6:50pm on Friday and the Woods stage at 11:20am on Saturday.

Kevin Morby. Photo courtesy of press.
Kevin Morby. Photo courtesy of press.

You’ve probably seen or heard a project Kevin Morby‘s been involved with before. Morby recently walked away and has taken a break from past projects, Woods and the Babies, to focus on his solo work. The singer-songwriter just released his second album, Still Life, via Woodsist Records late last year. The artist will bring mellow vibes to the forest.

See Kevin Morby at the Galaxy Barn at 1:20pm on Saturday and the Woods stage at 11:20am on Sunday.

Viet Cong. Photo courtesy of Colin Way.
Viet Cong. Photo courtesy of Colin Way.

Canadian post-punk band Viet Cong leave lasting impressions via their intensity. The band, who formed around 2012, feature past members of WOMEN.

See Viet Cong at the Galaxy Barn at 11:20pm on Saturday and 2:50pm at the Meadow Stage on Sunday.

WAND. Photo by Justin Tenney.
WAND. Photo by Justin Tenney.

LA psych-garage band WAND dropped two albums right after another (seemingly) out of nowhere. This year’s Golem followed their debut, Ganglion Reef, which came out last August. Front man Cory Hanson has performed with Meatbodies (also performing at this year’s festival), Mikal Cronin and Together Pangea. Though this is the first band he’s ever led, they perform and write catchy and intensive songs appropriate for this genre.

See WAND at the Galaxy Barn at 6:20pm on Friday and 7pm at the Treeline Stage on Saturday.

Featured Local Sounds

Grandparents. Photo courtesy of band.
Grandparents. Photo courtesy of band.

This year’s lineup picked out extraordinary acts from the Pacific Northwest. The Portland-based six-piece Grandparents have been carefully selecting local shows to perform, but have been gaining a larger audience with their psychedelic and experimental pop. They deserve it.

See Grandparents at the Galaxy Barn on Thursday at 9:20pm and the Treeline stage at 3:30pm on Friday.

Liz Vice. Photo courtesy of artist.
Liz Vice. Photo courtesy of artist.

Portland native, Liz Vice, released her powerful debut album, There’s a Light, in the summer of 2013. Recorded almost entirely live to analog tape, the album is “a gospel-fueled nod to the R&B / soul records of the 60′s and 70′s, is modern enough not to be throw back, but classically influenced enough to feel timeless.”

See Liz Vice at the Treeline Stage at 8:30pm on Friday and 11:20am on Sunday at the Mountain stage.

Summer Cannibals. Photo courtesy of band.
Summer Cannibals. Photo courtesy of band.

Feisty, high-energy Portland garage band Summer Cannibals are well known in the local music scene from their ongoing performances and notable artists they’ve opened for. If you haven’t seen them before, it’s time. If you’ve seen them multiple times, come experience their new lineup and new vibes.

See Summer Cannibals at the Galaxy Barn at 4:40pm on Friday and 2pm on Sunday at the Treeline stage.

Jackson Boone. Photo courtesy of press.
Jackson Boone. Photo courtesy of press.

Jackson Boone emerged from the coast into the Pacific Northwest music scene with dreamy and atmospheric pop music accompanied by interesting additions (his wife has been known to create a liquid light show dabbing blotter-paper visuals behind the band) to his live performance. The artist is honest, present and inspiring.

See Jackson Boone at the Treeline stage at 2:40pm on Thursday and 2:30pm on Friday at the Woods stage.

Shabazz Palaces. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Shabazz Palaces. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Seattle-based hip hop group Shabazz Palaces released 2014’s Lese Majesty, described as “a beatific war cry, born of a spell, acknowledging that sophistication and the instinctual are not at odds; Indeed an undoing of the lie of their disparate natures.”

See Shabazz Palaces at the Treeline Stage at 12:30am on Saturday and 8:40pm on Saturday at the Meadow stage.

Edna Vasquez. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Portland-based Edna Vasquez plays alternative rock all around the northwest, “while experimenting with various Mexican genres like mariachi and boleros.” Originally from a small town in Mexico, Vasquez moved to the states when she was sixteen.

See Edna Vasquez at the Lucky Barn at 3:30pm on Friday and the Edna Vasquez Mariachi Band at the Galaxy Barn at 1:20pm on Sunday.

Sounds from Abroad

Sinkane. Photo courtesy of press.
Sinkane. Photo courtesy of press.

Pickathon hasn’t fallen short on curating a diverse range of artists to watch and listen to. The lineup features sounds with influence and origin far from the Pacific Northwest location. Solo artist Ahmed Gallab is known widely to the music world as Sinkane. Gallab combines krautrock, free jazz, funk and Sudanese pop to create his innovative sound. Originally born in London, Gallab has lived in Sudan and all over the states.

See Sinkane at the Meadow Stage on Saturday at 6:10pm and the Galaxy Barn on Sunday at 6:20pm.

Tinariwen. Photo courtesy of artist.
Tinariwen. Photo courtesy of artist.

Sarharan blues band Tinariwen are hypnotic. The Tuareg musicians are based in Northwest Africa and the desert as well as their nomadic lifestyles heavily influence their “electric” musicianship.

See Tinariwen at the Starlight stage on Sunday at 12:30am and at the Woods stage on Sunday at 9:30pm.

Rodrigo Amarante. Photo courtesy of artist.
Rodrigo Amarante. Photo courtesy of artist.

Brazilian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and arranger Rodrigo Amarante. Amarante’s music is charming just as much as it’s intoxicating. He’s been associated and performed with Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial, Little Joy and Devendra Banhart.

See Rodrigo Amarante at the Woods Stage on Friday at 4:10pm and Saturday at 1:30pm at the Meadow Stage.

See you at the farm!

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