By MEGHAN KEARNEY // Pickathon returns to Pendarvis Farm for another year of one of Oregon's best music fests; and the six acts we want you to see.
One of Oregon's best and most beloved festivals takes place a short drive southeast of Portland at the charming Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR. A festival that’s as much dedicated to its music as it is to sustainability, provides the full-on outdoor experience. The annual Pickathon is nearly a Portland family affair, offering a lineup of some of the city's best alongside national favorites with a pristine dedication to assuring guests make their return year after year.
This year brings big names like Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Beach House and Ty Segall and the Muggers, filling each unique stage experience with adored locals like eerie rockers Moon Duo, prolific hip-hop and mix tape master Myke Bogan, and lo-fi garage rockers The Woolen Men.
A trip to Pendarvis Farm is a magical woodsy getaway, known for its intimate musical immersion. From stage to stage attendees gather among the forest for anything from the mellowest of folk, to the hyper-est of electronic, to late night jam sessions in the campground where artists and fest-goers alike can be found contributing to the musical weekend.
Artists play multiple slots throughout the weekend making Pickathon unique in its offering of numerous chances to catch each of the lineups exceptional names. Another factor that makes Pickathon stand out from other local and regional festivals.
This year, Pickathon also welcomes the new Curation Series. If you like music. If you like food. If you like signature cocktails. You're going to love the Curation Series. These intimate dinner, drink, mini-sets featuring local chefs from food-digs like smallwares and Pickathon artists like Fruit Bats will be a special cool-down side session for your weekend.
Leading up to the festival we’ve got our top picks for your weekend at Pendarvis from our favorite dance parties to the best local stars.
Full lineup and tickets for Pickathon and the Curation Series are available here now. See you on the farm!
FRIDAY 4:20-5:20 Lucky Barn, SATURDAY 1:20am-2:20am Galaxy Barn, SUNDAY 6:00-7:00 Woods Stage
A live set from Baltimore’s Dan Deacon is something all should experience at least once. Come prepared to dance. And this isn’t just a suggestion, no. Showing up for Dan Deacon is a commitment to participate as Deacon directs his audiences through quirky choreography from narrated battles to group interpretive dances. Set to the tune of his erratically energetic dance beats that generally sound like they might be from outer space, a Dan Deacon live set is one of those bucket list type experiences. Catch him almost daily in the evenings, or take your unyielding fest energy to a late, late night set.
FRIDAY 12:30-1:30pm Mountain Stage, SUNDAY 3:20-4:20pm Galaxy Barn
Soulful singer Keisha Chiddick, is Portland’s Blossom. Blossom has become a household name in Portland’s hip-hop scene, and a leader in the female hip-hop talent pool. Charming and sassy on stage, Blossom’s lounge-like, gorgeous vocals, front beats produced by the likes of Neill Von Tally and Mikey Fountaine. Catching Blossom on stage offers an entrancing, expressive performance blended with lovable on-stage and crowd banter.
SATURDAY 2:40-3:40 Woods Stage, SUNDAY 2:10-3:10 Mountain Stage
North Carolina’s Mount Moriah is led by exquisite vocalist Heather McEntire giving the act an irresistible, country sound. Reminiscent of big time country female vocalists, McEntire sings over a mix of southern sounding bluesy rock on electric guitar and relaxed drums from bandmates Jenks Miller and Casey Toll. Mount Moriah comes to Pickathon this year on the heels of their 2016 release How To Dance.
SATURDAY 8:20-9:20 Galaxy Barn, SUNDAY 4:20-5:20 Woods Stage
Detroit punk rockers Protomartyr will bring a nice dose of rock to the mix of Pickathon. Their most recent record, The Agent Intellect was released to favorable review last year. Protomartyr blends an attitude-packed english punk sound with a subtle mix of new wave and post punk. Vocalist Joe Casey adds a charmingly insouciant seal on it all. Catch Protomartyr when you’re feeling in need of a little thrashing in between all the strings.
THURSDAY 12:20-1:20 Galaxy Barn
Arguably Portland’s most fun live act, Chanti Darling fronted by Chanticleer Tru, formerly of Magic Mouth, shares the stage will fellow Portland acts like Natasha Kmeto and a duo of dancers to round out their disco grooves. These Portland favorites are not to be missed by anyone who enjoys all-around good vibes, especially if you have yet to see a Chanti Darling performance. Voted Willamette Week’s “Best New Band” for 2016, Chanti Darling will live up to the title late night at the Galaxy Barn.
FRIDAY 3:50-4:50PM Mountain Stage, SUNDAY 10:15-11:10 Starlight Stage
Sisters Natalie, Allison, and Meegan Closner make up Portland’s Joseph. The folky crooners will bring their powerful harmonies and slamming, twangy tunes to Pendarvis farm again this year. Their new album I'm Alone, No You're Not will be out on August 26th and its first single “White Flag” is a foot-thumping, clap-along anthem well representative of unhinged emotion the three sisters bring to their live set.