Category Archives: Pickathon

Video Premiere: Parquet Courts at Pickathon 2013

Last week, we suggested Pickathon as a must-do this summer. The Portland-area festival is announcing its 2014 lineup this month, revealing just a few bands each day. This morning, they’ve announced the return of Parquet Courts, a favorite of KEXP listeners and DJs in 2013, and one of last year’s highlights at Pickathon. Their encoreRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Pickathon 2014

There really is no festival like it. Not far from Portland, but tucked away on a wooded hillside on Pendarvis Farm, Pickathon gathers a diverse lineup of artists to perform intimate sets in unique and captivating spaces. From the majestic aerial sculptures to the miles of trails and comfy campsites, the festival is feast forRead more…

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Live Video: Dale Watson, Shakey Graves & Sturgill Simpson at Pickathon

You’d be mistaken to think that the artists at Pickathon are all a bunch of wizened fingerpickers. One of the highlights of the Portland-area festival’s carefully curated lineup is the pairing of musicians new and old. On stage, you’ll hear veteran songwriters with more stories to tell than songs to tell them performing alongside youngstersRead more…

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Live Video: Andrew Bird & Sharon Van Etten at Pickathon

KEXP returned to the Bunny Glade at Pickathon this year to capture more magical sessions in this forest oasis. Each of the 16 exclusive performances stood out in its own way, but certainly two of the most anticipated ones came from beloved KEXP favorites Andrew Bird and Sharon Van Etten.

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Live Video: Ty Segall at Pickathon 2013

If you’d been following the prolific career of Bay Area musician Ty Segall, you might have been surprised when he was announced to perform Pickathon earlier this year. But the 26-year-old Bay Area musician, whose discography is as labyrinthine as an 80’s record contract, and whose most recent recordings are full of heavy riffs, sonicRead more…

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Pickathon 2013: A Photo Field Guide

It’s the kind of thing you’re told all the time: “you just have to go there, do it, see it.” But it’s true: describing the experience of attending Pickathon is kind of like writing about music itself. Too much is lost in translation. That the festival remains a hidden gem in the Northwest seems bothRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Pickathon 2013 this weekend!

There’s probably no other festival as intimate, communal and sustainable in the Northwest like Pickathon. This weekend at the Pendarvis Farm just outside Portland, Oregon, a diverse gathering of bands like Feist, Andrew Bird, The Devil Makes Three, Divine Fits and Shabazz Palaces will perform as part of the 15th annual Pickathon Music Festival. AmpleRead more…

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Music That Matters Podcast: Pickathon Preview with Greg Vandy

Pickathon is my favorite weekend of the year. You’ve heard me talk about it incessantly in The Roadhouse, and maybe you saw the KEXP vids last year from the “Bunny Glade,” and maybe you were even there when I interviewed Mavis Staples in the Workshop Barn in 2011 (laughs & tears!). If so, you knowRead more…

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Pickathon 2013 Schedule Released

KEXP is proud to support Pickathon and happy to announce the release of this year’s daily schedule. The three-day festival at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR (very close to Portland), on August 2-4, includes performances by over 45 artists on 7 stages, but one of its most unique features is that every artist playsRead more…

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Video Premiere: Pickathon TV – Episode 1

As you read this, Pickathon is gearing up for the first weekend of August (2nd-4th). Staff and volunteers are already out in the field clearing brush, blazing trails and building stages for the 15th Anniversary of the festival on Pendarvis Farm outside of Portland. This year’s lineup aims to be its most diverse yet, includingRead more…

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