Pickathon — the wonderful, woodsy music festival held each summer southeast of Portland — doesn’t get quite the attention that, say, the Sasquatch or Coachella festivals get. But that’s OK. Because it means Pickathon still feels like a fun, intimate event that’s about the music, not mega-bands, corporate sponsorships and $5 bottles of water. Basically, the real world hasn’t ruined Pickathon yet.
Anyway, Pickathon’s specialty is “indie-roots” music: Americana, acoustic, folk of all kinds, blues, bluegrass and beyond. Artists play multiple sets across multiple stages, and the festival takes tremendous pride in its eco-friendly ways. Pickathon makes extensive use of solar energy and is the first music festival in the country to be 100-percent free of plastic cups and bottles, according to their website.
This year’s Pickathon will take place Aug. 5-7 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. Here’s the lineup that was announced today (I’ve bolded some artists that are well worth checking out):