This past Memorial day weekend I had the extreme pleasure of attending the best music festival the northwest has to offer. I am, of course, talking about Sasquatch. Beginning last year Sasquatch was upgraded from three days to four, and this was my first trek since the change. My initial thought of a four day festival was that it would be overwhelming. That come Sunday night I’d be dying to sleep in a real bed, take a hot shower, and stay off my feet for the next three days. I’m happy to say that I was wrong. The Gorge was shining over the weekend and the weather couldn’t have been better. Sure, it’s not as hot as the desert in Indio, or Grant Park in Chicago, but remember, that’s a good thing. During the day we saw plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the high 70s; I couldn’t have been happier. Night time actually got cold so there was no trouble sleeping in, either. The excellent temperatures during the day and the 7 plus hours of sleep each night left me feeling plenty energetic for a long weekend. By the time Monday ended, I didn’t want to go home, and right now I already miss it.
A few weeks back, my uncle said I should “Check [the Alabama Shakes] out…NOW.” I wish I had listened to him then. They’re good. Justin Gage, a far more successful music blogger than I, described the Shakes as “a slice of the real; an unhinged…blues-based soul outfit fronted by a woman armed with a whole lotta voice and a Gibson SG.” Lead singer Brittany Howard sure knows how to channel Janis Joplin. Look out for the Shakes’ debut release this April, as well as their appearance at Sasquatch. Word on the street is that the know how to put on a live show.
There are some fantastic artists playing Sasquatch this year. Here are just 8 tracks from some of my faves.
1. Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights
2. The White Stripes – I’m Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman
3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
4. The Walkmen – We’ve Been Had
5. The War on Drugs – Best Night
6. Silversun Pickups – Comeback Kid
7. Beck – The New Pollution
8. Explosions in the Sky – Postcard from 1952
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 AM for $315 including all fees and camping! See you at the Gorge!