Today in (Northwest) Music: Sasquatch 38% Local

photo by Gregory A. PerezThe biggest news in Northwest music this week is, of course, Sasquatch. While the two day festival features stellar international acts, it is truly a Northwest festival, with one of the three stages devoted entirely to local bands.

On Saturday, the Yeti Stage hosts Blitzen Trapper, Gabriel Teodros, The Blow, Viva Voce, Visqueen, Mirah and Aqueduct.

On Sunday: The Blakes, Stars of Track & Field, Minus The Bear, Helio Sequence, Common Market, Smoosh and Jesse Sykes.

On top of that, a few Northwest acts have crept over to the other stages: Dandy Warhols play the Wookie Stage on Sunday, while The Saturday Knights, Neko Case, and The Long Winters take the Sasquatch Mainstage on Saturday.

By my count, that makes 18 (and, yes, I’m counting Neko) of the 47 bands from the Northwest. That’s 38% local — not too shabby when you’re trying to lure bigger acts like Bjork, Arcade Fire and the Beastie Boys. Nicely done, Sasquatch!

If you’re heading out to The Gorge, be sure to grab the KEXP Sasquatch podcast before you go. Load it into your iPod (or alternative music player), and you’ve got 13 songs to listen to while you sit in traffic, including The Black Angels, Ghostland Observatory, Helio Sequence, Spoon, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Arcade Fire, The Hold Steady, and many others, hosted by Cheryl Waters. Here it is:

Music That Matters: Sasquatch! Music Festival 2007 (MP3)

And if you’re in the mood to reminisce about last year or want to see what all the fuss is about, check out our photos from last year, thanks to KEXP Photography Coordinator Gregory A. Perez:

Sasquatch 2006 photos: Day 1Day 2Day 3

For those of us in the city, it can seem like Sasquatch is a black hole that pulls all music attention away from Seattle for a while toward The Gorge, but there are other events going on this Memorial weekend in the Seattle for those too trepid to make the trek.

pdx52507_sm.jpg The last Friday of every month, KEXP hosts the best in Portland music at a Seattle venue as part of the PDXplore series, in effort to bring together the Portland and Seattle music scenes. This Friday, May 25, at the Sunset Tavern, you can catch Casey Neill and Little Sue. The show starts at 7 pm sharp and will cost a measly $6.

Casey Neill – We Are The City (MP3)

Little Sue – Blinded (stream)

  • If you’re more likely to get your garlic on than get your rock on, the Northwest Folk Life Festival 2007 at the much more accessible Seattle Center will be your (dread)bag. I joke, of course — the Seattle fixture of 35 years features 25 stages and hundreds of performing groups, and I recognize a few of them: Calvin Johnson plays at 1:40 on Sunday, Bongo Love, who was just performed on Best Ambiance this past Monday, will play early on Saturday, and The Bad Things will play later that night. The best part about Folk Life? It’s free! (though there is a suggested $10 donation — karma, people!)
  • The Seattle International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow. The opening night gala features Son of Rambow, by director Garth Jennings, and will take place at at the Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall (though you may have to step over some hippies to get there!). Tickets for the gala are still available, and the festival runs through June 17. For an excellent preview of the event, hop on over to Three Imaginary Girls.
  • If you’re like me, you’ve been sitting at home for the last four months watching American Idol. Well, you can finally go get a life, now that the final results are in. I’m sorry to say, but Blake Lewis did not become Bothell’s Idol. He gave it a good run, though, and made the Northwest proud. If you still have any doubts of his beatboxing skills, watch him hold his own with the Original Human Beatbox Doug E. Fresh on last night’s finale:

  • While you’re in the video watching mood: John in the Morning has been digging this one by newly transplanted Herman Jolly for “Candy Stairs.” John likes this one so much that he attached it to his playlist (if you don’t get it, go here):
  • To send you on your way, here’s a terrific new video for “Setting Sun” by The Lights, directed by local auteur Lynn Shelton :

    To see what else is going on this weekend, check out the KEXP Club Calendar. Also, tune in to Audioasis on Saturday from 6-9 pm for live performances by Patient Patient and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head.

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    2. […] Yesterday’s post, like on all Thursdays, focused specifically on the Northwest (Sasquatch, duh!), and in that very short time a whole bunch of non-NW related stories fell through the cracks here at the KEXP Blog. So, today, while all of your officemates have fled to hills, beaches, and in-laws’ houses, you can kick up your feet, watch a few videos and reconnect with the world. Don’t worry — your boss is probably on vacation too. Here’s what’s been going on: […]

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