Sasquatch highlights

Photographer Kyle Johnson roamed the Sasquatch! Music Festival grounds with his camera. You can see all of his photos on our Flickr site, but here are some of his highlights:

The Blakes played their first show after returning from England, and the crowd loved their sound during the hot sunny afternoon.

My first Flaming Lips show lived up to all the hype. I’ve enjoyed their music for years yet had never experienced what all told me would be the best show I would see. It indeed was. Combining balloons, nude women, aliens, confetti, lights, and straight rock ‘n roll.

Longtime local favorite of mine J. Tillman played solo to a receptive Yeti Stage crowd. Although his songs can be sad and lonely, his stage presence is always surprisingly funny. This photo was during my favorite tune of his “Jesse’s Not A Sleeper.”

Actor Rainn Wilson (Better known as Dwight from The Office) was promoting his new film The Rocker. The Washington native is a really down to earth guy. He ended up introducing Fleet Foxes on the main stage.

Beirut was definitely a crowd favorite of day 1. Their early afternoon set at the main stage brought in a lot of fans!

The fans packed in for Beirut’s set.

Sera Cahoone’s country tinged music sounded amazing to the scenic eastern Washington setting at the Gorge. I am a huge fan of hers and enjoyed her entire set. The talented band is always a pleasure to watch live. Pedal steel & an $11 PBR make for a perfect way to relax on a Saturday evening before heading to the main stage.

One of only a few hip hop acts on the bill, Dyme Def put on a great show. BeanOne backed them up on the decks and got the small but energetic crowd moving early in the day on Monday.

Hands down the most powerful show I saw at Sasquatch 2008: Battles got a lot of hype and packed in a solid crowd at the Wookie stage. Although competing with Flight of the Concords, who were scheduled at the same time, Battles were incredible live. If you haven’t yet experienced their live show, make a point to find them sometime this coming year.

A fan enjoys the hilarious and entertaining mix of songs and banter from Flight of the Concords. They packed in the main stage and got everyone laughing. Definitely a treat to see live if you have been a fan of the HBO show.

There really isn’t a bad seat at the Gorge. Even the upper level grass area gets a scenic view and a nice place to people watch, eat, sleep, or just soak in the sun all day.

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  1. Posted May 28, 2008 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    MIA was amazing. here’s my video of days 1 and 2: — much poorer quality than this amazing slideshow but gives you some audio

  2. Posted May 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Kyle is definitely one of the best in the northwest. Love the work!

  3. Tim
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I was there, and these photos are the best I’ve seen from the festival.

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