Sasquatch! Festival – Monday 5/30/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner
Monday morning was a little bittersweet. Of course we started with a morning drink, but Mr. Sparkly was already gone for a couple days and Phishbeard was unable to stay for one last blow out, so I rocked Monday at the Gorge solo. I had company from our neighbors of course, and the day turned out to be a total success. I got to meet an artist I really like, we had some crazy weather, and some totally awesome tunes made the last day of Sasquatch! 2011 one to remember!
I went into the venue solo, but eventually met up with my Calgary crew in time to see Chromeo on the Main Stage. I saw a couple Noah & the Whale songs on my way down to the Chromeo set, and they sounded good. Unfortunately there was no time to waste before my show and I couldn’t stay.
I just want to say that Chromeo was easily the best act on the Main Stage all day, although Sharon Jones gave them a run for their money. After watching the Coachella webcast, I was determined to see this performance. It was quite an odd placement at 2:45 in the afternoon but the Gorge boogied as hard as it had all weekend. Of all the 45 minute sets, this one was easily my favorite of the four days. “I-WANT-MY-CHROMEO”
Guided by Voices was next and the crowd really thinned out. Odd planning there. The reunion tour was fun for some, but many in the crowd decided it was time to check out other acts. After a few songs I left and saw one White Denim song (wish I had seen more) on my way to watch Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings close on the floor.
Sharon Jones brought the HEAT to the Gorge. Her energy is amazing and she had that crowd on its feet from the very first second she was on the stage up until she left one hour later. I took the opportunity afterwards to go to the meet and greet and say hello. Sharon was very gracious and I got a picture, a kiss on the cheek, and the chance to ask her about signing with my favorite band Phish. It was a great moment for me. She also got a fan out of the crowd and danced and sang with him on stage during her set!
I had to sacrifice Best Coast to catch almost all of Rodrigo y Gabriela, who was amazing. This is one band that turned me into a little bit of a fan, and Gabriela kicks ass! The first poor weather (except for the wind) began during this set as rain would start to come down. Some thought it added an element of fun to the set and were tired of baking in the heat for four days, so it wasn’t all bad. After Rodrigo y Gabriela the weather did take a little twist, as we were greeted to many lightning blasts during The Decemberists and Wilco.
The Decemberists were a lot of fun, pretty darn good actually. I like these Portland, Oregon folks a lot and their set did not disappoint. I equate them to Iron and Wine, and I thought The Decemberists set was more fun. They opened with The Infanta and played many that I like. I remember Down by the Water, The Crane Wife 3 and others standing out and they finished with a fun version of The Mariner’s Revenge Song, a perfect song for the Pacific Northwest. The Decemberists said this was their last show for awhile, so I hope you saw them when you could. The weather got worse, not rain but lightning, during the set and got especially nasty for a little while before Wilco came out. I thought there was a chance the storm would go right over us, but we were spared!
I had a dilemma all day, a few days actually, about what to do with the Wilco/Major Lazer conflict. I didn’t want a repeat of the Sleigh Bells miss earlier in the week, but there was potential for Wilco to be amazing, and I certainly didn’t want to miss that. So I did what I ended up thinking was near perfect, and watched the first few Wilco songs, busted over for one quick Deerhunter song (it was cool too, I think I missed something good there), and then saw the last 45 minutes of Major Lazer before returning to the floor for the end of Wilco and the Festival.
Major Lazer was crazy. All that I had imagined and a little more. I don’t love this style of music, but they have insane energy and the party up in the Banana Shack was undeniable. Thank goodness I saw most of this set, as it was FUN. Lasers, crazy dancing, people having a blast and the dude on stage jumping from a ladder into the crowd (and other antics) made this set great! I wouldn’t mind going to another Major Lazer party, that’s for sure. “I love it here in Washington! I don’t ever want to leave. Will someone let me stay in their basement!?!” he said. A dance party with tons of chicks from the crowd up on stage and only the second collaboration I saw all weekend ended the set. Skrillex came out and they performed a demo that they have been working on (first time ever played) and the set ended with everyone in the crowd pumped!
After Lazer, the end of the Festival was near, and that was a bit sad. I headed down to Wilco, ran back into my Calgary buddies which was awesome, and finished the set with just Calgary Phil and I being the last of our crew there. The Wilco set was fun enough, it didn’t convert me into a fan like Modest Mouse did the night before, but the jams were cool and it seemed like a good way to close the show. Phil and I walked back to the Campground, had one of the funniest conversations of my life along the way, and then drank some beers before officially calling Sasquatch quits. The next morning came, camp was broken down, emails exchanged and goodbyes were said for all.
I’d like to personally thank Sasquatch! 2011 for being an epic blast and I hope next years lineup makes me want to go the whole three (or four?) days again.
In some of the worst scheduling I have ever seen, Chromeo had the largest crowd all day on the Main Stage and got stuck with the 2:45-3:30 spot. Once they left so did the crowd. The floor was EMPTY for Guided by Voices who followed.
In lame joke of the weekend news: Jeff Tweedy, after egging the crowd on to throw as many glowsticks as possible at him (and I am paraphrasing): “You all suck! That’s probably why the Mariners are so bad too. Ohhh low blow, sorry.”
Sharon Jones is epic.
I heard the Skrillex set up in the Banana Shack was one of the best. Bummer to miss that. Also bummed to miss Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
I will see you again Sasquatch!!!!!!!
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With a cameo from Phil at the 1:50 mark!
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