The 19th Annual Pickathon was held in Happy Valley, Oregon last weekend on Pendarvis Farm. As with every year, magic happened, people proved themselves to be truly good, and the music was fantastic. Differences this year were some new press areas, hotter weather, and another new fantastic stage on the treeline by PSU Architecture. Here are just a few of our favorite acts (and by that we mean one’s we had time to catch, because they’re all our favorites at Pickathon).
I wanted to do something a little different this year to try and share some of the intimacy of Pickathon. It’s a truly unique festival, with every single stage built by hand on the acreage of a farm outside Portland. You “hike” the “quail trail” to woods stage to catch acts large and small in a natural ampitheater. In the old grazing pasture sits the mainstage and the starlight stage. The horse barns are now the galaxy barn and lucky barn, raucus, and sit down venues respectively. Most importantly though is that Pickathon is the kind of festival musicians return to years after they’ve played there just to enjoy. Here’s portraits of some of this years musicians backstage and around the festival, enjoying Pickathon just like us.