Pendarvis Farm really is an enchanting place. Free of corporate sponsorship and big business, Pickathon has an intimate way of reminding you what it's really about - the music and the camaraderie of individuals coming together. Read on for some of our favorite sights and sounds of the wonderful weekend that was.
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A favorite stage among festival attendees and for good reason, the Woods Stage at Pickathon offers relaxing vantage points from nearly any location. Free of stainless steel rows or ushers requesting ticket numbers, the stage boasts seats on hay bales, tall trees for hammock strewing, and an endless supply of local craft beers from area breweries.
One of the many amazing features Pickathon offers is that every artist plays twice. This alleviates the oh so first world problem of having to decide if you should see band X or band Y since they both share the same time slot. Couldn't make Gregory Alan Isakov's Friday set at the Woods Stage? Check him out Saturday on the Fir Meadows Stage instead! Both were fantastic in case you were wondering.
If an intimate experience is your fancy then you had to look no further than the Galaxy and Lucky barns. With limited standing room only admission you had to get there early but the return on investment was often returned tenfold with personable performances from War On Drugs, Quilt, Courtney Barnett, Barr Brothers, and more.
More than just indie and folk, Pickathon continues to expand it's borders with a little distortion, Australian rocker Courtney Barnett brought her Melbourne based band for some very Cobain influenced gems. Check out her latest, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas if you haven't already.
Brooklyn (cough, Texas, cough), based Parquet Courts also brought some fantastic punk fushion to the Woods Stage Sunday evening. Their latest release, Sunbathing Animal is easily a contender for album of the year.
Boston based Quilt made the weekend for me however. Offering psychedelic gems that evolve into studious jams, Quilt has an amazing stage presence and vocal harmony that is akin to the Mamas & the Papas. If you're not listening to Quilt you really should be. Bonus points: The drummer of Quilt doubled as the keyboardist for Woods this weekend, kudos to you good sir.
Offering a historical introspective on a myriad of subjects between songs was Lonnie Holley. An interview unlike any other amongst the Pallet lined stage known as Tree-line, the festival goers that did stop by this more than meets the eye stage always ended up staying longer than intended.
If you've missed Wolf Parade as much as I have then rejoice as Dan Boeckner's new project Operators performed and couldn't have done so any better. The trio, formed with Divine Fits members Devojka and Sam Brown are a glistening combination of synth, guitar, and resonating drums. Look for their debut album early this fall.
The Starlight Stage kept the music going into the late hours or early morning depending on your preference. With giants of considerable talent like Della Mae, Mac Demarco, Valerie June, and the multilingual Jonathon Richman performing, good time feels were available with every meal.
With the elimination of single-use cups, plates, and utencils, Pickathon sets a presedence for cleanliness and "green" going forward. Offering a ticket system for festival goers that didn't bring their own dinner ware, you could exchange tokens for meals and back again using reusable dishes. A washing station was provided for dishwashing and provided ample space to make new friends while preserving in the process. Stainless steel cups were purchasable for $5 and ensured that red solo cups stayed where they should be. Although it's nearly impossible to eliminate carbon footprint and waste Pickathon (and Oregon in general), do a fantastic job of minimizing it as much as humanly possible. When you have to go out of your way to find garbage at a gathering of nearly 4,000 people you're doing something special. Nothing but the loudest applause to all Pickathon staffers and volunteers.