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The Skinny on Sasquatch! Music Festival, 2010

By John Farrey posted Jun 04, 2010 at 02:10 PM

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It's an obligatory pilgrimage. Every Memorial Day weekend for the past five years, I've made the long journey over the Cascade Mountains to the rolling deserts of Eastern Washington State. Here, perched atop a cliff over the Columbia River Gorge, 23,000 indie music enthusiasts gather at the Gorge Amphitheatre for an epic weekend known as the Sasquatch! Music Festival. This festival has over 100 performances over 3 days, but I've highlighted only the best for your reading pleasure.

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It's an obligatory pilgrimage. Every Memorial Day weekend for the past five years, I've made the long journey over the Cascade Mountains to the rolling deserts of Eastern Washington State. Here, perched atop a cliff over the Columbia River Gorge, 23,000 indie music enthusiasts gather at the Gorge Amphitheatre for an epic weekend known as the Sasquatch! Music Festival. This festival has over 100 performances over 3 days, but I've highlighted only the best for your reading pleasure.

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Miike Snow- Miike Snow beat out Swedish Fish and Ikea to become my number one favorite Swedish Export. Their set was so intense that the whole hour seemed to pass by in a matter of minutes. I was having so much fun, and then it was just...¦over.

Passion Pit- These guys made a triumphant return to Sasquatch exactly one year after kicking off their tour at the festival in 2009. This time, the band held an evening slot on the mainstage and had the entire hillside up on their feet. I honestly wish I could tell you more, but somebody was throwing around a blow up whale during their set, and it pretty much occupied all of my attention.

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Boys Noize- The unofficial afterparty of Sasquatch. Boys Noize closed out the festival with an after-hours set at the Rumpus Room (also called the techno tent). The entire tent was completely crammed. People were dancing on top of garbage cans and hanging off of scaffolding. Several people even tried to unstake the walls just to get into this outrageous dance party. I couldn't have asked for a better end to the festival

Mayer Hawthorne- definitely someone you would take home to meet your mother. He's stylish, smooth-talking, and kinda cocky-but in a good way. Detriot may be losing its entire economic livelihood, but at least it's got Mayer Hawthorne

The Very Best-  I was gonna take a nap, but then I decided to go see The Very Best. They shook the sleepies right outta me! In addition to delivering a super high energy set, they got the entire crowd to sing along to many of the songs. I'm pretty sure that no one actually knew the words, so it kinda sounded like gibberish.

My Morning Jacket-  Hair. Lots and lots of hair. And the music was good too.
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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes- At first I thought a band of gypsies had taken over the stage. It was just Edward Sharpe and his merry crew of Magnetic hippie Zeroes. This band is the whole package. They have quirky personalities, sunny melodies, and reek of patchouli. But the big question is, how long until they show up on Yo Gabba Gabba?

Vampire Weekend- From the lecture halls of Columbia University comes a band that delivers more than a high IQ. This band actually got me to crawl out of my sleeping bag (it was starting to get cold) and dance barefoot on the sidewalk. And it wasn't just me. Loads of other people too.

There you have it, the best of the fest. Looking forward to 2011

by John Farrey
Photography by Jordan Beauchamp











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