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Photo Gallery: 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival

You could use a ton of clichés to describe our pal Phishbeard. Let’s just say homeboy marches to the beat of his own drum. A nomad, a free spirit, someone who shoots first and asks questions later. Homeboy spent Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge enjoying the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival. He took no less than 1200 photos. Here are the best ones. We hope you enjoy.

Sasquatch! Festival 2012 Preview – A Letter to You From thenaturalstoner

Dear concert going friends,

I know you and I go way back (hope all is well!) and it has been a long time since we have talked, but there is just something extremely exciting that has built inside of me about what is going to happen this weekend at THE GORGE for the 2012 version of the Sasquatch! Festival that I must tell you about.  Last years Festival set the stage for a year of great memories and the need to “go back every year no matter what”.  We’ll see if that every year thing happens, but the terrible trio of thenaturalstoner, Phishbeard and Mr. Sparkly made it at least one more year and are ready to dominate every single thing about the next several days. I feel like last years performances by Chromeo, Modest Mouse, Foo Fighters, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer and more have planted a seed at the Gorge that is about to sprout like a f’n weed and engulf all 20,000 of us that are going to be there for the entire four days.

But really who gives a shit about last year anymore.  I know you don’t.  We are talking about 2012 and hooolllllly shit does it look exciting. I will be heading in pretty early Friday night to see Of Monsters and Men kick off the Fest. Maybe even a little earlier for Allen Stone if I get the urge, but I have been hooked on that Of Monsters and Men album for a long while now.  Most of Santigold will follow, and then one of the sets I am looking forward to most all weekend, Starfucker!! Sadly this means I have to skip the Mark Lanegan Band, which is a bummer, really wanted to see that one. Half of Girl Talk and then another performance to be VERY excited about, Explosions in the Sky. I have been told numerous times that their last Sasquatch! Festival set absolutely owned the Festival and was a “life changing experience”.  I don’t want to get hopes too high, but that portion of Friday sounds amazing.  Then Pretty Lights to take the night home aka into the raucous Gorge Campground to continue the party late into the evening.

Saturday looks to be my longest day inside the venue by far. Ideally I will make it in bright and early at Noon to see Reptar > Charles Bradley while Pickwick will be hitting hard on a different stage. I may still be asleep at this time however and might not make it into The Gorge until Blitzen Trapper at 2pm.  One of my only conflicts of the entire weekend is after that, The Civil Wars vs. The Alabama Shakes vs. Portlandia.  This is a game time decision friends. I know Mr. Sparkly and I will be at Jamey Johnson at the Sasquatch Stage afterwards, and then I will either see Childish Gambino or AraabMuzik.  Seeing Gambino a few weeks back makes this a tough decision as I really like the AraabMuzik jams I have heard. Some free time where I will see an interesting mix of Metric, The Shins, St. Vincent and tUnE-yArDs continues the evening.  Probably my most anticipated set of the weekend, Jack White, followed by The Roots late night (HELL. YES.) caps off a Saturday for the ages.

I hope all is well back home. How is the family? Still got that pet, what’s its name?  Come visit us sometime, we miss seeing you up here.  Sparkly might be getting a new house, Phishbeards over in Oregon, I got an air mattress, come on up!  It will be like old times.

Back to the music.  Sunday to me is a complete free for all-except for the very end of the night.  I don’t really have much I MUST see this day, but there is an interesting assortment of bands playing: Trampled by Turtles, Blind Pilot, The War on Drugs, Chiddy Bang, M. Ward, Deer Tick, Tycho, The Head and the Heart and We Are Augustines are all early in the day.  I will be a roamer for sure (you remember how I do!). I might check out Apparat or Beirut before definitely catching half of Little Dragon.  My highlight of Sunday, a James Murphy DJ set up in the Banana Shack promises to be off the charts.  I’ll probably head over to get one song of Bon Ivers show on video so ConcertConfessions gets some web hits, and then its off to Feed Me (with Teeth!!) to dance the rest of the night away.

Monday will be somewhat bittersweet. A great day lined up to close out another long Memorial Day weekend full of memories (like back in the day when we were hangin’). I might get in there early for that Grouplove set, I don’t know. Gary Clark Jr. will be a for sure, especially after just watching his Hangout Festival set webcast, and then a little more free time for the MC.  The Joy Formidable, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Cloud Cult, fun., Feist, Shabazz Palaces, and Shearwater are all early afternoon and I will bounce around the place. John C. Reilly and Friends over at the Yeti Stage will be a great time, but I will have to sadly miss The Cave Singers and most of Silversun Pickups because of it.  Then my only other real big conflict awaits. I am certainly going to see the start of SBTRKT in the Banana Shack, and will have to miss all of Spiritualized.  However, one of your favorites, Tenacious D, is playing shortly after SBTRKT starts and I will have to decide if staying for them is worth missing half of The D. Another decision that will be made on the spot. I will at least see the end of Tenacious D before getting just a small part of Mogwai in. I wish I could see more but the great Beck is closing out the Festival over on the main stage.  I have been wanting to see him for almost TWENTY years now, and this will be my first time getting to do so.  Remember listening to Mellow Gold on end back in the day?  I hope it’s amazing. It sure seems like a great way to end a Festival, way better than Wilcos tame set last year.

So that’s basically what I am up to these days. Nothing else is really going on. I hope you guys are all good over there and your mom and dad are well.  Tell your sister thenaturalstoner says hello, she’ll remember.

I will talk to you soon. You should try to come up for Quatch ’13.

thenaturalstoner

 

Video highlights from 2011 Sasquatch! Festival:

Chromeo

Sharon Jones introduction and ownage!

Modest Mouse

Flogging Molly fun, near the end of the clip I get told “Vomit’s running down onto your bag”! Hahahahahahaha

Sasquatch 2012 Lineup Announced!

Sasquatch 2012 Lineup Announced!

 

Sasquatch is one of Washington’s most widely regarded music festivals. Held annually at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, Sasquatch is known for hosting big name acts like Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Bjork, and Flaming Lips. Well this year, they’ve got a treat for you.

Here is the full lineup in order as it says on the website:

Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, The Shins, Beirut, Girl Talk, The Roots, Portlandia, Feist, Silversun Pickups, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Nero, M. Ward, John Reilly and Friends, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, The Joy Formidable, Little Dragon, tUnE-yArDs, Beats Antique, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Wolfgang Gartner, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Lanegan Band, Spiritualized, Blitzen Trapper, The Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, Jamey Johnson, fun., Grouplove, Tycho, SBTRKT, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Imelda May, Dum Dum Girls, The Helio Sequence, Kurt Vile, Cloud Cult, Ben Howard, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, The War on Drugs, Shearwater, Cass McCombs, Active Child, Trampled by Turtles, AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, LA Riots, Com Truise, Unknown Mortal, I Break Horses, Walk the Moon, Dry the River, Allen Stone, Hey Marseilles, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Yellow Ostrich, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Nobody Beats the Drum, Electric Guest, Coeur de Pirate, Lord Huron, Pickwick, STRFKR, We are Augustines, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Beat Connection, THEESatisfaction, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, Howlin Rain, Gardens and Villa, Felix Cartal, Craft Spells, Vintage Trouble, Poor Moon, Black Whales, Gold Leaves, Greylag, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Metal Chocolates, Grynch, SPACE3MAN, Don’t Talk to The Cops, Scribes, Fatal Lucciauno, Fly Moon Royalty, Katie Kate, Nick Kroll, Todd Barry, Beardyman, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes, John Mulaney, and Howard Kremer.

BEST OF THE BEST: Well it appears that Jack White will be making his solo US debut here at Sasquatch a month after the release of his debut solo album. That is certainly something to watch for.

With Beck, you should always expect the unexpected, so whatever he does will most likely be some sort of garage-punk/funky-pop weirdness explosion.

The self-described “greatest band in the world” Tenacious D will be returning to the stage after five long years, to coincide with the release of their new album.

Girl Talk is a mashup artist that can combine everything from War Pigs, to Teach Me How to Dougie, to 99 Problems, all without being sued.

Portlandia, a show led by Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein (who will also play the festival with that group) and SNL’s Fred Armisen. It’s an amazingly funny and amazingly bizarre sketch comedy show that sold out crowds across the US when they brought it to the stage. Definitely something to see if you watch the show.

If you’re looking to relax after a long day’s festival, Explosions in the Sky should help (not Bon Iver). This post-rock emotional explosion of instrumental beauty is like a symphony of guitars that will put you to sleep in the best sense of the word.

Childish Gambino, or as Community fans know him Donald Glover, is a brilliant lyricist and deliverer of rap music. He’s also wicked funny. So whether he does something comedic or something serious, it should be brilliant.

Blitzen Trapper are Americana-folk at its best. With Sub Pop signing more folk bands like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper hopped on the first train out of Portland to play magnificent folksy music. It’ll be like a portal to another world, a world where all you should care about is not getting anyone’s vomit on your shoes.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Grouplove, fun., SBTKRT, Dum Dum Girls, Wild Flag. AraabMuzik, Gary Clark Jr., Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, STRFKR, The Sheepdogs.

Great lineup this year, if you ask me. Enjoy the show, all who are going!

Phish August 5th & 6th 2011: The Gorge – George, WA

Phish 08/05 & 06/11

The Gorge – George, WA

Words/Photos by Phishbeard

On the 5th and 6th of August 2011, the Gorge was once again blessed with the presence of Phish. Phans from all over America congregated for one of the most magical weekends in recent Phishtory. The weather was superb and the campgrounds were packed by the time my crew arrived at the Gorge to set up camp and prefunk for the Friday night show. We had numerous cars of people as part of our caravan at the campground and more people joined our camp as the weekend went on. When it was all said and done, we had approximately 20 people, representing 5 different states as part of our camp. When we come to a Phish show, we come in style and this year was no different. Our camp was huge, shaded, luxorious and full of good people, beers and other goodies. This was by far the best camp set up that I have been part of in all my concert going years and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to share that experience with.


Once we had gathered all things necessary for the Friday show, we made our way to the venue. By the time we got to the gates, my most wonderful chocolate that I had ate had kicked in and I was on the path to a face melting evening. Once inside the venue and past a relaxed security check, most of my group decided to venture to the floor. I opted out and found myself a spot to video tape the music from the hillside. I then made my way to the porta-potties and to my surprise there was little to no line and they were clean! This is unheard of at a Phish show and I was in awe, even more so since I was tripping pretty hard by that time. The boys opened up with Kill Devil Falls followed by the Wedge to start off one of the best Phish shows that I have ever attended.

Friday’s first set brought out some big hitters such as an 11 plus minute Bathtub Gin and a bitchin’ Walk Away. My buddy also got My Friend, My Friend, which he was dying to hear. Cavern and Taste were also played in that first set. By the time they busted out Roggae, it was dark enough that the light show became a stellar spectacle for all to adore. The highlights for me during that set were Roses are Free and David Bowie. Roses goes into Bowie so well that those 16 minutes were an epic way to end a set and was actually just a small taste of what was in store for all the Phans after set break. The boys were on fire and this was by far the best sounding show I have had heard them play live.

The second set opened up with Backwards Down the Number Line, which brought a smile to my face, since I am still in the phase of trying to accept new Phish songs. The next song, Rock and Roll by the Velvet Underground was by far the highlight of the night for me and more than likely the best I have heard the boys play ever. Rock and Roll was 20 minutes of crazy mind melting jamming and Page even played on a theremin, which is a rarity. All I can say is that after that song, most people were trying hard to reform from the puddles of which they became. After such an epic Rock and Roll, the boys pushed on through with a 9 minute Meatstick! This version of Meatstick even had the Japanese lyrics in it. Wow what a treat it was to get that. I also enjoyed Farmhouse and Show of Life. Unfortunately, for such an epic show, the boys had to play the best version of Julius that I have ever heard and I hate that song with all my heart. Phish was playing so good, that songs I hate even sounded ok. The night ended with a nice 7 minute encore of Loving Cup, sending everyone back to camp in good form.

At the end of the show, I staked a good spot on the hill to locate my friend’s. After about 30 minutes, my Jeff Winston cries served their purpose and I was able to find some friends that were not part of our crew and at the same time, literally within minutes, I found my crew as well! The Gorge always has had some special way of making friends gravitate towards each other. During the long trek back to camp, I found my friend from New Orleans and some other friends from Oregon. Still tripping and riding the high off the post show excitement, I lost my crew and got stuck gabbing with my other friends. Unfortunately I was not blessed with a sense of direction and after parting ways with my friends, I proceeded to wander the campgrounds lost and wasted looking for my camp. Only after 2 hours of walking, many phone calls, and tons of panic, did I finally contact a friend and made him take me back to my camp. That’s what friends are for right?

The next day, we had a long haul of drinking and other activities ahead of us before the show. Once it was daylight, I made a mental map of the location of my friend’s camps as well as our camp. We made a venture down to Shakedown Street a couple times for souvenirs and some grub. Overall the campground was very lively and everyone was pumped about another night of Phish. Saturday was a bit warmer than Friday was and we had to care for a friend who was suffering from heat exhaustion. After we were all good and buzzed up, as well as rested for the night, our crew made the trek once more to see the boys perform the Saturday show. Herds of people flowed down the path to the venue like groups of zombies headed for fresh blood, which is a bit different than post shows, when it is more like a mass of cattle being funneled down a path back to the campground.

The Saturday show will forever be dubbed as the best shitty show I have seen the boys play. I say that because the majority of the songs played Saturday are mostly the songs I hate from the Phish catalogue. Even though the song choices were horrible, the music itself was decent. Phish was on fire yet again and killed every song I hate with such grace. The show opened up with Possum and I knew right there that all my friend’s were laughing at me and that I had a long night ahead of crappy songs to come. Some of the songs I was pleased to hear during the first set were, The Moma Dance, Limb by Limb, and Wolfman’s Brother. The set also had a stellar 10 plus minute Maze, which I was just begging for it to end after it first started. Ending the set was a bitchin’ Wilson into Fluffhead! By far the highlight of the night for me and it helped bring me back up, after being bummed about the songs played prior.

During set break I gathered myself up as best as I could and prayed for a better round of songs for the second set. The boys must have been listening to my prayers, because when they came back out they opened with Chalkdust Torture and played into Tweezer > Prince Caspian > Sand and then back into Tweezer. Wow what a sandwich that was!!! If they would have replaced Sand with something else, the sandwich would have been epic instead of great. The boys brought it back down for me a bit with Birds of a Feather, which made me scream a tad on the inside. Thank God the rest of the set was nothing but tasty tunes, such as Waste and 12 min versions of Reba and Run Like an Antelope to end the set. A triple encore was then played, which consisted of Suzy Greenburg (which I could do without), Sanity (which was phenomenal!), and a Tweezer Reprise. Overall the show was good, but if I could have got at least half those disliked songs replaced, this show would have been so much better. All I can say about the weekend is that there were many good times, many friends seen, and plenty of great music heard. Best weekend of Phish in my concert career, easily.

Phish 08/06/11: Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA

Phish 08/06/11
Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Note: As with part one, this was written on the trek from Spokane to Los Angeles. Pardon any and all typos. 

For night two we decided to start the first set up on the lawn so I could see the sun set/get a different appreciation for the venue. Phish came out just as the sun snuck behind the ridge and played the worst set of the weekend much to my delight. It’s not that the music was bad, they just happened to play the songs that myself and many others are sick of. “Possum”, “Moma Dance”, “Sample In A Jar” the boys were playing it safe. Hell I even got my bathroom break songs “Limb By Limb” and “Ocelot” back to back. The reason this was perfect (besides the chance to pee) was that I could worry more about soaking in the surroundings of the Gorge instead of focusing just on the music. A safe set of songs I have seen a million times was the perfect musical backdrop for enjoying a sunset with friends. We eventually made our way down to the floor during “Ocelot” and found a sweet spot Page Side Rage Side (a theme for this tour) just in time for a standard run through “Poor Heart.”

In my opinion the band found their groove during the last few songs of the first set. “Wolfman’s Brother” is always great, especially when the band teases “Heartbreaker” by the mighty Led Zeppelin. “Wilson” had the unapologetic energy of Led Zeppelin rocking the crowd hard late in the set. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Fluffhead” is the new “Guyute” as I witnessed my third 3.0 version of the classic Phish number. No complaints here as I love the song and it served as a perfect close to the first set.

We headed down to the main pit at setbreak and watched the set from about 20 feet away. I was a bit shocked with a set II “Chalkdust Torture” opener as I assumed it would be saved for the Hollywood Bowl. Well that and the fact I told my pals I would buy them each a Pizza-dilla if the band didn’t open with that “I Don’t Like Reggae” song that I got stuck in everyones head over the course of the weekend. Much like night one Set II started with the second song of the set this time with a raging “Tweezer” which sent glowsticks flying and folks high fiving. The jam out of “Tweezer” built nicely before winding down and finding its way into the soft intro that is “Prince Caspian.”

Coming out of “Caspian” was the nights best jam “Sand.” Not a huge fan of this song, but the jam is always good and this one was beefy. I really loved the fact that they ended the section of songs by going back into the tail end of “Tweezer.” Judging by the thunderous ovation from the crowd I am not the only one.

An unexpected highlight in the second set was the bands cover of the TV on the Radio song “Golden Age.” I’ll be honest I don’t know much about TV on the Radio but hearing just how amazing they sound when performed by Phish let’s just say I’m a bit more excited to catch them headline the Hollywood Bowl next month.

The way the final set of the weekend ended is why I go see Phish time and time again. Once again I wore the right shirt as the band busted into “Reba.” The bands playing on the composed sections was superb, but as anyone inside of the Gorge would tell you the highlight was the return of the whistling section at the end of the song. The song eventually gave way to one of my all time favorites “Run Like An Antelope.” Within the first few minutes of the song, Anastasio managed to tease the whistling of “Reba” as well as parts of “Tweezer”, “Sand” and “Golden Age.” After a main build up jam that truly felt more intense than most Antelopes we made it to the lyrics where a playful Anastasio changed Marco Escondolis to Mike-O Escondolis before allowing Mike Gordon a few seconds to lay down a little low end groove. This is easily the most intense Antelope I’ve seen and a perfect end to the second set.

The encore kicked off with “Suzy Greenberg” which made me happy not so much for the song but because thenaturalstoner (who was robbed of the Festival 8 version) finally got his Suzy. However what happened next shocked us all. I thought for sure we would head straight into “Tweezer Reprise” but instead we were treated to the rare gem “Sanity.” Perhaps the band read my open letter because the left coast usually doesn’t get something so epic. When it comes to song selection, this was no doubt was the highlight of the weekend.

As Gordon dropped massive bass bombs during the closer “Tweezer Repise” I took it all in for a final time. The venue, the friends, the fact thenaturalstoner found the Jeff Winston beach ball at the end of the set. It was a lifelong dream to see Phish at the Gorge and that dream finally came true.

As I fly above Sin City in my return to Los Angeles it’s hard to believe my trip to Washington is over. I met some amazing folks including our own Grateful Coug. I got to reconnect with old friends like LeRoy Winston, Phishbeard and RV. I made many new friends too numerous to list. Thanks to Skate for letting me crash on Thursday night and a very special thanks to our own thenaturalstoner who has gone above and beyond the call of duty as tour guide to both myself and Jay Porks the last two weekends. You are an incredible man. Oh and if you’re name is Pete and you call the state of Illinois home, we get it, you fucking hate Dub Step.

Next Stop – Hollywood Bowl.

Phish 08/05/11: Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA

Phish 08/05/11

Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Where I usually write reviews from my computer, we will make an exception and type this from gate B5 at the Spokane Int’l Airport (That’s my way to say excuse typos/grammar cause I typed this on an iphone). You see, this is not a typical Reverend Justito confession. This is a dream come true because I can now say I have seen Phish throw down at the Gorge.

99% of the time you hit the show, park, get inside the venue, rock out, buy the shirt and then head home. For this experience I got to Washington late Wednesday. Before the Subaru was packed for George, WA I had two days with the likes of thenaturalstoner, Phishbeard and ebrother on their home turf. I saw the campus of WSU, ate at Fazzari’s, took my first two visits to the state of Idaho and was chased by an eel in the Snake River. Ok so there was no eel, thenaturalstoner just wanted to get a good chuckle by scaring the shit out of the city boy and it worked.

We headed out from Clarkston, WA for the Gorge at 10am sharp Friday AM. For just about everyone heading west from Washington/Idaho border, this was their first time seeing Phish since Festival 8. During the three hour ride, fantasy setlists were dreamed up, past shows discussed and inside jokes that would carry through the weekend were born. For me, I enjoyed checking out the rolling hills and breathtaking canyons of Eastern Washington while laughing about Phishbeard and his hate of the song “Julius.”

We managed to set up Camp Jeff Winston in about 45 minutes giving us ample time to crack open a few beers and avoid the oppressive desert heat (shade tents are a good thing). We made new friends (word up Travis from Santa Barbara), took the lame jokes of neighbors too far (I’m sorry but if you offer used anal beads for $2 you better deliver) and anticipated face melting action from the boys.

Making the 45 minute walk from the campground to the venue on the first night, my heart was racing. I have wanted to see a show at the Gorge since I first heard about it during my first Phish show (07/31/97). As we finally made our way in, within seconds I agreed with every single person who shared with me the fact that photos do not do the venue justice. We hit the pit Page Side Rage Side and as the sun set beyond the Columbia River the band opened night one with “Kill Devil Falls.”

I was impressed at how deep the first set of the weekend was. “The Wedge” in the number two hole was a welcome treat and a final warm-up for the first extended jam of the night “Bathtub Gin.” When it comes to Gin and I they tend to be hit and miss, but this take was money. With this being my 21st show, it’s always nice to get to hear songs you have not heard the band play before. I got my first two of the weekend with “Nellie Kane>My Friend My Friend.” Nellie was fun but the treat was the “My Friend My Friend.” Decked out in my Iron Maiden inspired My Friend shirt, I was ready to start a pit as Phish mastermind Trey Anastasio conjured a devilish tone moments before the songs climax.

The first set continued to rage with “Cavern>Taste>Roggae>Walk Away.” I tend to feel “Roggae” is a boring song, but on this particular night it featured a slow smooth jam that I can’t recall ever hearing in the song. This unexpected jam made “Roggae” highly enjoyable. “Walk Away” was deeply discussed on the way to the Gorge so we all had our fists flying through the air as the foursome kicked out the rocking jam.

I assumed set break would follow “Walk Away” but we ended up with three more songs. “Funky Bitch>Roses Are Free>David Bowie.” I had to travel over 1000 miles, but as a rabid Ween fan it was about time I got to see Phish cover the pride of New Hope, PA. Set I ended with a raging “David Bowie” as the last sliver of light hung along the edge of the cliffs beyond the stage.

On paper, you will read that Set II kicked off with “Backwards Down The Number Line.” While it’s true that the band played it, anyone not celebrating a birthday on this weekend will inform you that a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll” kicked off set II. Not sure how long the jam stretched, but I can tell you that it may very well be the most insane bad ass jam that I have ever witnessed the boys play. From Page McConnell rocking a theremin to “Moma Dance” teases, this is Phish at their best.

Most of Camp Jeff Winston claims “Meatstick” had “Fire on the Mountain” teases but I don’t buy that. I do know the band once again sang the final section in Japanese and jammed effortlessly into “Boogie on Reggae Woman.” Then it all fell apart.

With the energy level high Anastasio dropped the band into “Farmhouse.” I enjoy the song, but you could feel the energy shoot out the venue and right up the Gorge. “Show Of Life” followed and where a dance party once raged, folks took a seat always keeping an eye out for those dead hookers.

While Phishbeard would disagree, “Julius” picked the energy up a bit. “Character Zero” is a balls out rock and roll song meant to fill big venues, however on this night it never took off. Perhaps if the band had a mid-level song between “Boogie” and “Farmhouse” (“Theme From The Bottom” or “Slave To The Traffic Light”) it would have worked. “Loving Cup” was the lone encore of the first night at the Gorge. After the amazing Festival 8 version, I feel as if I’m chasing the dragon on Cup and I’ll never see one as good as that again.

On the long walk back to camp, most fans seemed to agree that “Farmhouse” killed the momentum, but in no way would it ruin the weekend. There were pizza-dillas looking to be eaten just off shakedown, and we had a lot of partying left to do.

Click here for a recap of Day Two with Phish at the Gorge.

Jay Porks Heads Out West for Soundgarden, QOTSA, Mastodon & The Meat Puppets! 7/30/11

Spent much of this weekend just staring around in amazement, repeating the phrase “Holy freaking God” over and over again. This is a special 53rd installment of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series as it took us to Newark Airport, where I hopped on a plane and came out to Washington State(Home of the Cougs) to meet up with some of the Northwest chapter of Concert Confessions: thenaturalstoner ,Mr Sparkly (Who Are Hosting Me) and possibly another 3 as at last check we were to have five Concert Confessioners  who will be in attendance at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA for the epic bill of Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and The Meat Puppets on an awesome summer Saturday … Had NOOOO idea what I was getting myself into..

‘We’re not at PNC Bank Arts Center anymore’ is the thought in my head as we start to drive into the campground.. yea that’s right I said it, campground. A sea of tents pitched everywhere, people getting wasted everywhere; and this place was about 1000 times the size of ANY venue I’ve ever been to in my homeland on the Least coast. If I was at this show by myself, there’s no way camping out all night would’ve even been a thought in my head. We don’t camp in NYC, we take sweaty train rides after shows and get home at 2AM… but there I was after the show sleeping on a folding chair outside the tent using a sleeping bag as a blanket , but trust me we will get to all that later.

So we pitch a tent, camp out and pre-funk for a little while.. we decide to head down to the box office and claim the photo passes that were left for us through me via Meat Puppets personnel.. To not run off on a tangent here, lets just send out thanks over to those imbeciles (Livenation) that run the box office at this place for fucking that photo pass experience up for me. If I wasn’t walking over this hill and seeing heaven on the other side, I’d be super pissed-as opposed to just really pissed.

So after several up hill climbs through the scorching hot sun (Yea, I came to Washington State and didn’t see one drop of rain, not one CLOUD my entire time here! False advertisement right there-I thought I was escaping the heat), we finally make it to the the gigantic mountainside that is The Gorge Amphitheater.. I’ve been to venues with lawn based seating, but this is ONLY lawn seating and the hill is a hell of a lot of steeper then the one at PNC in Homdel or that similar, bigger venue in Camden, NJ.. and it’s not a polluted highway behind the stage, it’s a freaking river. It’s like this piece of land split in half causing a canyon to open-and they placed a stage in the middle. I know I sound a little too blown away by seeing the Northwest -but I’m from the city, this is all new to me. A one mile stretch without a cement building is something I’ve never seen before-let alone a valley(or a “Gorge” they might say).

Meat Puppets come out at 6PM with the guns blazing, they were heavy from the start..I knew it was gonna be “Oh, Me”  to kick it off by the sound of the guitar jingles.. but I didn’t know they were going to come out that intense with it. I was thrilled to see as many people down on the cement area in front of the stage(every part of this place is general admission-lawn tickets get you everywhere here) can walk down to the front and get rocking out.. Because I know a lot of people are missing them right now, and that sucks. Jumped into “Sam”, the lyrical demonstration that it is..moving faster than R.E.M.’s “It’s the end of the world as we know it”.. Then “Plateau”, which was fitting considering we hiked many hills and plateau’s to arrive where we are. Except there was way more “nothing at the top” at this Plateau, there was the freaking Meat Puppets right in front of me for the seventh time. It was the first time I’ve ever seen Curt Kirkwood use his Les Paul live with my own eyes before, the six times on the east coast I’ve seen them he played his teal Fender Strat.. That’s a query I need answered: Is it a coastal thing? Not like they sound any different, it’s just something that’s been in the back of my mind for a while. “Backwater” followed, the one Meat Puppets song I was able to get played on the radio when I was the in-studio guest at my local college radio station a week ago(88.9FM WSIA or www.WSIA.fm), so we were diggin our heels in, and again I loved the people up front so into it. That one time I caught the Pups as a first opener there was like 30 of us there at a 3500+ capacity venue it saddened me.. so glad I’m in WA. When they followed Backwater with “Sloop John B” (Beach Boys cover) I started getting really excited. Not for Sloop John B so much as for the fact that I was completely sold on the fact they would play “Hey Baby Que Paso”, I’ve been going over the lyrics to the song with the kitchen staff at my day job for months. Then I recognize the little lead in that’s about to be “Lake of Fire”.. as much as I love that freakin’ song, it hurt like a stab in the chest because I knew the set was ending in a little over 7 minutes when the end this song.. Damn, I figured this venue would give them at least 40 mins, they got a half hour, if not less. Again I’m not exactly from around these parts, but I know for a fact that the Meat Puppets didn’t request to only play six songs. I think doors should’ve opened earlier and had longer sets for the bands. It’s not like we’re in a residential area here-we’re all camping here all night.. I just don’t get it. The boys were done at 6:30

Which brings me to my next point: If there’s one band to remove from this bill to make this a full out amazing Ménage à trois of great bands playing long sets, which one would it be? Who’s the odd man out here? Then at 6:48 when Mastodon came out and we started to make our way back up the lawn, that was the question wondered aloud. And lets not take this as a shot at Mastodon, they do what they do and judging by the herds of people heading down for their set-they do it well. Caught them on the BlackDiamondSkye tour at it’s Madison Square Garden stop …so as they plowed through their 40 minutes set while we were walking up the mammoth lawn, they were plenty loud enough where we heard the entire set no matter how far away from the stage we went.

Another wild card to the evening, what is Queens of the Stone Age going to play? They’ve been on a album-themed tour, playing their first record in it’s entirety.. and we just had a 30 minute set followed by a 40 minute set. It’s 7:53 when they came out, there is a lot of show left tonight.

Not recognizing the first four songs was the indicator that this first album thing was going down. First song I recognized was “Giveth Then Take It Away”.. a little while later we had Josh Homme, who is the man by the way, saying “everyone’s waiting for it to get dark so they could do all those things they can’t do in the light” … introduced a song called “Make It Wit-Chu”, saying it was a song for the ladies. Then suddenly out of no where we turn and two people just got engaged during the song-now obviously that guy was aware of what the set list was going to be, we should’ve found him… from that guy popping the question and onward was magic.. my eyes are drawn to the left, as I notice the sun is beginning to set. I know it’s happens everyday, but man during those last three songs “Little Sister”, “Go with the Flow” and “No One Knows” with the sun setting and beams of light bouncing off the river, silhouetting the people on the lawn.. man that 8 minutes or so right there may have been the greatest moment of my life (well, besides Jen Cartiglia of course). They went off at 8:43.. epicness

So it’s coming up on 9 and Soundgarden is on deck.. Little note to keep in mind for the duration of Soundgarden’s set-I hate Eddie Vedder, and I hate Pearl Jam-personal preference, lets not muddy this up. Anyway, being the last show on Soundgarden’s tour and being in their backyard(even though Eddie Vedder is from California,he wears flannel so he can say he’s from there) combined with my luck I had a bad feeling we’d be having a Temple of the Dog section of the set and me in tears during everyone’s glee. All the awesome stuff I’ve seen over here in Washington, this gorgeous venue, this epic adventure can easily be turned into another Jay Porks Bogus Journey. I hate to be the one guy in the building praying for it not to happen(no I don’t), but I think I’m the only one in the building who traveled 3000+ miles for this. If would be the equivalent to finding out the hottest girl you know has a penis.

Save the suspense, as we can read in Jakob’s review, there was no PJ sighting, no Vedder appearances, no Hunger Strike or whatever non sense it is that they do…Also in Jakob’s review he mentions the bootleg tee shirts they were selling outside the venue.. it had all four bands listed on it. Not only did it have the wrong Meat Puppets drummer on it in the picture, but above the words Queens of the Stone Age was a picture of Pearl Jam. I, of course, bought this shirt. With Vedder staring right at me, didn’t notice it til the next day.. (I can’t get away from this guy). So besides that, I’m also thinking “How is Soundgarden going to top this? Seriously, what are they going to do, play a 2 hour set of nothing but their best?”

To answer the question in my last paragraph-Hell yes. It’s exactly what Soundgarden did. The sky was still a bit pink as the sun was behind the mountains. I don’t care how far away I was the sound if freaking golden on some of these videos I got.. 9:10 was the official first riff. And speaking of video, “Spoonman” was the 2nd song in.. “Gun” followed. This place is rocking like I’ve never seen a place rock before. And I got to see “Jesus Christ Pose”! For that girl screaming it in the row in front of me at Town Hall a few weeks back for Cornell’s Acoustic Songbook tour. See, 2 years ago when Soundgarden said they were getting back together, I didn’t think I’d have to wait this long to see them-I thought they’d do some heavy touring-they never did. So these guys were going to have to earn it blowing me away tonight.. and when “Blow up the Outside” smacked me in the face, I knew they were doing just that. Seeing Cornell acoustic songbook tour gave me a reminder that I needed to see this band live, one day, some how. Blow up the Outside at Town Hall just didn’t pack the punch that I needed it too-now here, it’s laying heavy fists to my face repeatedly..

 Just an observation here, what’s up with the little slowed down version of “Black Hole Sun”? That’s the song I need to blow up in my face, not the song I can’t wait to hear toned down a bit-but that’s my only critique here about this set, and its minor. I’m just sayin’.. he’s screaming like hell on every other song so it’s not like he’s voice is out.. And then it was only 10:18 when the song ended, which begs the question: So when do they start packing up here? I’m not used to seeing bands just keep playing awesome songs for hours .. everyone else had short sets, who knows.. And keep in mind Vedder walking around the back of my head, me thinking I was going to have to walk out and meet the group at the campground.. Out of no where, Chris Cornell, in one of the more humorous displays I’ve seen, got pissed off that the NBA took Seattle’s basketball team. I don’t know what got him, maybe he spotted a Sean Kemp jersey in the crowd- but he starts saying “Man, they fucking took away our team-It’s fucking bullshit to take away a basketball team!”

Fell on Black Days, My Wave..-they’re still kicking out the fucking jams. During “Burden in my Hand” I asked thenaturalstoner if the lyrics were actually “I shot my load today”.. then around 10:40 he turns and is like “Pretty Noose and I’m good”.. Freaking psychic is what he is, and I forgot how much I love that song. Played “Rusty Cage” and “Head Down” right before it….By now I’m playing with house money, I had stopped taking pictures(or little video snippets) for a while to just sit back and enjoy this.. I’m in the Pacific Northwest watching Soundgarden tear the place apart. We kept saying to each other (Mr Sparkly by now is down front and apparently found Phish Beard) “So what else you think they got?, what else can they play?”

Well they could play , “Head Down” and“Outshined”before topping us off with  “Superunknown” before ducking off at 10:52, only to come back out at 10:56 and rock three more songs. On the last song they rocked out and eventually drifted into a pure feedback orgy.. it made me want to cream my pants. They distorted sounds from 11:13 to 11:20, and that’s when the sound was turned down.. it was over.

This is usually the time where I gloat about catching whatever scheduled train I need.. but not the case tonight.. we’re climbing back up the hill and all the way down back to the campsite, where we will spend the night in the tent.. not for nothing, NYC’s been sweltering the last few weeks.. and here, unlike home, when the sun goes down it actually cools off significantly.. I had an extremely comfortable folding chair, plenty of bud and brews- I said “fuck it , pass my sleeping bag over, now it’s a blanket”. After the show while we’re (Me and thenaturalstoner until Mr Sparkly eventually showed up, minus Phishbeard) discussing the night’s proceedings (so glad to be at a show with these dudes, usually when I’m telling a random cab driver or some stranger about an epic night, I spend most of the discussion explaining to them who the bands are. NY is so lame).. main topic is Sparkly being quoted to saying he was “Underwhelmed”.  And we’re just about to delve into this deep convo about what show he was watching,  those dickheads camped out next to us who where annoying as hell before the show ended up showing up and annoyed the crap out of us all over again. All of a sudden the drummer has a mouth. These dudes say they’re in a band that “sounds like NOFX and Blink 182” named after some actor I can’t remember the name of now. Anyway, your band sounds like NOFX/Blink 182? Yea, that’s just about the time we called it a night.

A side note, my alarm on my phone set to 930 eastern time woke us, and the rest of the surrounding campers up.. seems I’m the only one who didn’t hear it until I was awoken.. So we packed up, and headed into Spokane to catch Willie Nelson at the Northern Quest Casino and Resort before I fly home Monday… Awesomeness.

Soundgarden/Queens of the Stone Age/Mastodon/Meat Puppets at the Gorge!!! 7/30/11

Soundgarden/Queens Of The Stone Age/Mastodon/Meat Puppets 07/30/11

Gorge Amphitheater – George, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

On July 30, two epic concerts graced the west coast. One of them was LA Rising, which featured Rage Against the Machine, Muse, and Rise Against. The other was at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. The bands included Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and Meat Puppets. Many other Concert Confessions writers were there that night, so here was one side to the same story. My dad and I got to the Gorge with little to no trouble. We didn’t get lost, there was no traffic, we got a good parking spot, and we arrived an hour and a half before doors opened. So with time to kill, we cranked up the Echo Movement and we chilled. At around 3:15 or so, a heavy metal looking dude with a nipple ring came up to us and asked us if we wanted to buy a shirt. I’d experienced this before, it was a bootleg. But it was cool and $20, so we bought it. I looked at the back where it showed all the bands, and saw a picture of Pearl Jam above the Queens of the Stone Age logo. Upon questioning the heavy metal looking dude, we found out that there was a rumor that Pearl Jam would play a few songs and that got me even more excited about the show.

Before going into the line, my dad had to get his wrist band so he could purchase alcohol, which is funny because I don’t think he drank at all that night. So we are in that line and it’s my dad’s turn and I am right behind him. My dad hands the dude his ID, and receives his wrist band. I wanted to have a little fun, so I said to the security guy, “I forgot my ID at home,” which got a laugh. We went to the real line at about 3:30 and we were towards the front of one of the lines. First, the VIP/Fan Club members were let in and then us regular people were let in. When we got inside, I bought a legal shirt and my dad bought a Queens of the Stone Age shirt. We bought some water to fill our Camelbak with, and we made our way to the amphitheater in hopes to find something to do for two hours until Meat Puppets came on. We sat in the shade, ate some mediocre food, and at about 5:30, we stood up in the crowd to wait for the Meat Puppets.

After a quick sound check, I immediately saw Curt Kirkwood arrive on stage, followed by the drummer (whatever his name is) and Curt’s brother Cris. They immediately broke into “Oh, Me” and they were jamming out. Curt didn’t sound great, but I wouldn’t expect him to since that song was written almost thirty years ago. Next was “Sam,” the song I was looking forward to most. If you don’t know the song, Curt and Cris both sing incredibly fast. Like 400 words a minute or something. And it’s great to see that they both still know the words and can sing them without any mistake.

Then they played “Plateau,” an odd song about nothing in particular, I think. After that, they played their biggest main stream hit “Backwater,” which sounded amazing. The Kirkwood brothers’ harmonies together sounded better than Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus by a mile. After that they played “Sloop John B,” a song originally written by the Beach Boys. Then they finished their too-short set with “Lake of Fire,” which, for some reason, induced a mosh pit. People are stupid when they are drunk. Meat Puppets finished their elongated jam version of “Lake of Fire,” and if there was anything I could’ve changed about the entire show, it would’ve been that Meat Puppets would’ve played longer. They were so great, and even at the ripe old age of 50-something, the Kirkwood brothers can still rock harder than Black Veil Brides ever will.

Sort of at the last minute, I decided that I didn’t care to see Mastodon. So my dad and I walked around, shared a funnel cake, and listened for the cue that Mastodon was done. When they finished playing “Blood and Thunder,” they left the stage and my dad and I went into the pit to wait for Queens of the Stone Age.

The roadies started setting up the back drop for Queens of the Stone Age, which was the detective notes for the assassination of JFK. Why they chose that, I will never know. Somewhere around 8:00, QOTSA came on stage. Josh Homme spoke in his lovely country accent, telling us how beautiful the Gorge was and how happy they were to open for Soundgarden. QOTSA broke into “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I’m a Millionaire,” which was a relatively short song. Afterwards they played “3’s and 7’s” and the hits just kept coming. They played songs like “Burn the Witch,” “Little Sister,” “Go With the Flow,” “No One Knows,” and “A Song for the Dead.”

The band sounded so great and the crowd was really into it. The problem was the two moshing idiots in front of me. One of them looked like the creepy dude in the Die Antwoord “Enter the Ninja” video.

When QOTSA left the stage, my dad decided he didn’t want to be in the pit during Soundgarden, so he left and went to the very back, while I stayed where I was. Some dude made his way through the crowd with his hand up to his mouth. He passed me and a few others, and then found out what happens when you drink a lot of alcohol.

After a sound check and some technical difficulties involving the images on the screen, we were ready to let the Sun set on the Gorge while Soundgarden jammed away. We heard some feedback and then what was certainly the opening bit of “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,” (This is my good eye; do you know a cow; a pig says; this is a rooster; the Devil says.) The band broke into that song and played it like it was nobody’s business. Chris Cornell sounded better than I expected him to. Ben Shepherd wandered the stage, made funny faces, and was a very entertaining performer. Matt Cameron banged the drums like a gun was being held to his head. And Kim Thayil looked like a gun was being held to his head if he didn’t reunite with Soundgarden. He had a smile on his face, but it didn’t seem like he was enjoying any part of it.

Soundgarden broke into hit after hit. They played “Spoonman,” “Blow Up the Outside World,” “The Day I Tried to Live,” “Superunknown,” “Slaves and Bulldozers,” “Black Hole Sun,” “Outshined,” “Rusty Cage,” and so many more that I can’t even remember. They even played some old songs like “Gun” and “Beyond the Wheel.”

I was in a lot of pain after the show, and my hopes that Pearl Jam would come out were crushed. No Pearl Jam. Just Matt Cameron. Not even Eddie Vedder would come out and play “Hunger Strike” with Soundgarden. It wouldn’t be much of a Temple of the Dog reunion since 5/6 of TOTD is Pearl Jam, but whatever. All in all, one of the best shows I have ever seen.

So I hope that Justito had a good time at the RATM show, because I definitely did. Unfortunately I didn’t run into any of my Concert Confessions peers, but I met a guy named Jeremy who saw Slightly Stoopid last weekend. That’s just as good, right?

Sasquatch! Festival – Monday 5/30/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

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.

 

Random Notes:

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!!!!!!!

 

Monday Video of the Day:

With a cameo from Phil at the 1:50 mark!

 

Monday Video list:

Chromeo – Banter and You’re So Gangsta

Chromeo – Out of Sight

Chromeo – Tenderoni

Guided by Voices – Over the neptune-Mesh Gear Fox (A Rock Anthem)

Noah & the Whale – Blue Skies

Rodrigo y Gabriela – 5-30-11 – Sasquatch Festival – The Gorge

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – If You Call

The Decemberists – Calamity Song

The Decemberists – The Mariners Revenge Song – Encore

Wilco – Bull Black Nova

Sasquatch! Festival – Sunday 5/29/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sasquatch! Festival – Sunday 5/29/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard

 

Sunday morning started off much like Saturday, with a whiskey and coke.  We battled wind the night before and made it through unscathed, but Sunday night would be an entirely different beast.  The shows Sunday were great, possibly the best day musically, but the aftermath was about as lame as it gets. Read on….

We had a tough decision to make in the afternoon, and it was unfortunate, but we decided to stay in the campground, rest-up (much needed!) and then prefunk of course, instead of checking out Reggie Watts in the comedy stage early in the day.  The sound issues the day before for the Trailer Park Boys had an affect on this decision as well, as did not wanting to pay $9 for beers all night.

Cold War Kids was the first act we were able to see, and they were decent.  They had a pretty perfect time slot for them, before the big three Sunday night, and had many of the crowd on their feet. They played the one song of theirs I know, Hang Me Up to Dry, so that is all I really needed.  A decent, fun little set.  After the Kids we saw a couple Das Racist and Archers of Loaf tunes on the side stages, on our way to get ready for Flogging Mollys set to really kick off the night.

I just want to say that I thought Flogging Molly was amazing.  We started the set up on the hill which we quickly discovered was a bad decision. Instead, we made our way down to the floor to get much closer to the action.  Upon running into our Calgary campground neighbor friends, we watched the rest of the set with big grins on our faces.  Not even when I was informed puke was running on my bag, which I have on video (check it out!), did I have a bad time.  This set was one of the more fun ones with a rowdy crowd adding to the show.  Once the set was over we decided to get a little closer on the floor for the next act, one I was pumped for, The Flaming Lips.

Wayne Coyne and company are a bunch of weirdos!  The backdrop videos and the face camera and all the antics are just bizarre, but I like em!  The Gorge got one of the Lips’ “Soft Bulletin” shows, and also a fun rendition of Happy Birthday for the 10th Anniversary of the Festival.  A birthday cake made from the TV crew Ace of Cakes was brought our during the song, but it didn’t take long for Wayne to break it apart and throw it into the crowd.  The only problem is this was all done mid set, a seemingly very odd placement.  Wayne talks a lot too, and I left this set thinking that if Wayne would just shut up and play we could’ve seen a few more songs.  A nice tribute to Elliott Smith brought the tears out of Wayne, and a few in the crowd (Phishbeard!! Hahaha). They ended the show with Feeling Yourself Disintegrate.

After the Lips we were in for what I think could be the single best set of the weekend, at least for me.  I loved the Foo Fighters and J. Mascis sets, and Chromeo is a major ‘Best of’ contender, but to me Modest Mouse made me feel different from the others.  I had EXPECTED to have a good time at the Foo, Chromeo etc.  I had ZERO expectations for Modest Mouse and they were one of the few bands over the weekend that turned me into a fan.  Opening with Shit Luck was a treat and after that we were in store for almost 2 hours of great.  I remember This Devils Workday, Here it Comes, Bukowski, Lampshades on Fire (new song I think) and more all being top notch.  Like I said, I was waiting for a band all weekend to turn me into a fan and this is the best example of that.

I left Modest Mouse feeling great.  It can take awhile to get from the venue to the campground, so we were able to feel great for about an hour before we got back “home” and saw the damage.  Some complete fucking asshole(s?) decided to vandalize or area of the campground, breaking into cars and tents and causing all kinds of damage.  Phishbeards tent was cut open and his cooler dumped out inside. Others around us had their ipods and cell phones stolen, among other things.  Why some dicks want to ruin the times of others at something as fun as Sasquatch! is something that I will never understand.

We still had some post show beers, but the party certainly wasn’t the same as the couple of nights before.

One last day of fun awaits.

 

Random Notes:

Flogging Molly > The Flaming Lips > Modest Mouse was one of the funnest 1-2-3 combos I have seen.

Really bummed about missing Reggie Watts, sigh.

Lots of people were talking about how good the smaller stage acts were. Some I heard were great but missed were MSTRKRFT, Yeasayer, Flying Lotus, Ratatat, Sam Roberts Band.

Not very much hiphop here at this fest, but Das Racist was pretty sweet!

The wind up on that Gorge hill can be brutal…

 

Sunday Video of the Day:

3:13 into the video “Vomits running down onto your bag”!

 

Sunday Video list:

The Flaming Lips – Intro

The Flaming Lips – Intro and Race for the Prize

The Flaming Lips – What is the Light

The Flaming Lips with Reggie Watts – Happy Birthday Sasquatch

Flogging Molly – Don’t Shut Em Down – With Vomit commentary at end

Flogging Molly – Tobacco Island

Modest Mouse – Baby Blue Sedan

Modest Mouse – Bukowski

Modest Mouse – Float On

Modest Mouse – Here it Comes

Modest Mouse – Shit Luck – Set Opener

Modest Mouse – Spitting Venom

Modest Mouse – The View

Modest Mouse – This Devils Workday

Modest Mouse – Wild Pack of Family Dogs

Modest Mouse – World at Large

Sasquatch! Festival – Saturday 5/28/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sasquatch! Festival – Saturday 5/28/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard

 

Waking up on a Saturday at the Gorge Campground is about as great of a feeling as one can possibly imagine.  If it weren’t for the hangover from the night before and a tent in shambles, I would have been feeling great!  So of course as soon as I got up it was time for the Gorge breakfast of champions AKA whiskey and coke!  Drinks were plentiful and everyone was having a blast all day in anticipation of the full day ahead (compared to the night before where there were many less bands).

I will be honest, I think Saturday was my least favorite day of the four.  Mechanical problems and mellow vibes (when I wanted to party) brought an interesting atmosphere to this day.  Of course there were some awesome points as well, and we will touch on those, but as a whole Saturday fell a little short in my opinion.

We made it into the Gorge in time to catch the Trailer Park Boys up in the Banana Shack, a tent that doubled as a comedy stage during the day and a dance tent at night.  The Boys weren’t performing a standup act though, it was more of a performance of a Trailer Park Boys episode.  From where we were in the tent the sound was pretty terrible, so we bailed in time to check out souvenirs and get some $9 beers.

We headed over to the Yeti Stage to see J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. at 4:35.  This was a set that I was extremely looking forward to, and we got to about 4th row in the crowd.  As mentioned above there were mechanical problems on Saturday during a couple sets, and this one had a few.  The music was great, but there were some big pauses and tunings between songs and some loudness/feedback that wasn’t supposed to be there.  Also during this set, the kid on the rail three people in front of me was hunched over, apparently asleep/way too wasted on whatever drugs he was on.  Security came over a few times, doing nothing of course, and then eventually they got the kid to wake up and head off to the side. It was an interesting and funny sight watching these big security guards confused.

After Mascis we went over to the huge lawn of the Gorge and watched Pink Martini.  This was one of the surprises of my weekend, as they were unexpectedly excellent!  I really enjoyed what they played and wished I could have seen more of their set-I think we got about half of it.

Phishbeard and I then took the long walk down to the floor and got close for Iron and Wine. Sam Beam and backup crew played for an hour and brought a cool vibe to the crowd. I like Iron and Wine a lot and thought they played great. They opened with Boy with a Coin and closed with Tree by the River, a fitting song as we watched the Columbia River flow behind the stage.  Walking Far From Home and Summer in Savannah seem like highlights, memory is a little foggy here.  After Iron and Wine we walked up to the Bigfoot stage and caught a few songs from Matt and Kim.  I liked these two a lot and this is another band that I wish I could have seen more of. Instead we made a bad decision and went over to the hill and watched the start of Bright Eyes, which I absolutely could not get into at all, and then went over to see Robyn party it up.

Robyn cancelled her fan meet and greet earlier in the day and came out over 25 minutes late for her set.  I am not sure what the deal was, but she was the artist I would consider the least timely of the weekend.  We watched a few songs and then went to watch Death Cab for Cutie.  This is where the possible worst decision of the weekend was made.

Instead of going to see Sleigh Bells we decided to give Death Cab a shot for about 30 minutes.  Like Bright Eyes, Death Cab was another band I just couldn’t find an appreciation for.  It was too quiet of set for what I wanted.  Eventually we went over to see the end of Sleigh Bells and that was possibly my favorite part of the day.  We only got 3 songs but they were a freaking blast and I really wish I could’ve seen more.  I will definitely put Sleigh Bells on my concert watch list.

The night ended when we went over to see the late night set of Bassnectar.  Another party I was looking forward to for a long time had an up and down go of it.  The power went out three separate times, including immediately after announcing “We are back!” and Bassnectar could only keep going (even though no one could hear anything) and pray to the Bass Gods (which he actually did) and hope the power would stay on for the remainder.  The glowstick war I was promised was nice, but I have seen better; see Phish performing Loving Cup on 10/31/09 in Indio.  The last hour of Bassnectars set went off without a hitch and I can see why the kids these days like to dance.  I had a pretty good amount of fun standing near the back of the crowd watching the crazies get their groove on.

The concerts ended at 12:30, but of course there is the long trek back to the Campground and then the party that awaits there.  Like I said, there were some great moments Saturday, but if I had to throw one of the days back in the water it would have been this one.  Maybe if I had seen all of Sleigh Bells I would think differently??

 

Random Notes:

Getting four people from the stage at J. Mascis was the closest we got all weekend, except for future ConcertConfessions contributor Mr. Sparkly who got two people from Death From Above 1979 and the Foo Fighters the night before.

Choosing Death Cab for Cutie over Sleigh Bells goes down as the weekends most epic fail.  Unlike Sunday with Major Lazer and Wilco (which I feel I managed almost perfect), I should have balanced Death Cab and Sleigh Bells much better.

Pink Martini goes down as possible surprise of the weekend.  A really fun set that seemed to come out of nowhere!

Shoulda saw more Matt and Kim.

 

Saturday Video of the Day:

 

Saturday Video list:

Bassnectar – Intro, glowstick war, and Mix

Bassnectar – Intro 2nd version

Bassnectar – In Bloom Mix

Bright Eyes – Shell Games

Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart

Iron and Wine – Freedom Hangs Like Heaven

Iron and Wine – Walking Far From Home

J. Mascis – Listen to Me

J. Mascis – Not Enough

J. Mascis – Repulsion

J. Mascis – Thumb

Sasquatch! Festival – Friday 5/27/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sasquatch! Festival – Friday 5/27/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard

 

Since we have 4 days worth of Sasquatch! content to post, I thought it would be best to put each days items up on ConcertConfessions.com individually.  Friday was the opening night of the Festival, and it was a super rocking good time.  There were less bands on Friday, and we were testing out our camera access limits, so the Friday content isn’t as voluminous as the rest of the days (we have a couple of HOURS of footage from Saturday-Monday!), but the party was just as strong!  I think for these reviews I will talk a little about each band I saw, whether it be for a full set or only one song. Obviously I had to make decisions on whom to watch, so my review could be quite different from someone elses who was at the Fest.

We arrived at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre on Friday afternoon to a wind storm of epic proportions.  Over the weekend we lost both of our tents and another shade tent, and we weren’t the only ones.  Eventually everything settled, we met our neighbors (hey Phil!), got a solid buzz on (when I say solid, I mean SOLID), and we went in for the opening festivities.

Bob Mould opened my Sasquatch! Festival and the floor of the Gorge was pretty open, so we went close and got a great spot.  The set was nice, a little more mellow than I was expecting, but good.  I had been looking forward to this set and it went about as I expected, although I wish it was longer.  Bob would also make a guest appearance (one of only two I saw all weekend-weird) later in the night.

After Mould, Phishbeard and I decided to walk up the hill and check out some of the smaller stage acts.  Against Me! was playing on the Bigfoot Stage, the second largest Gorge stage, and we caught a few of their songs.  I don’t know these guys at all, but their songs were good enough for my ears.  Eventually we decided to go to the Gorge lawn and check out the end of The Bronx set.  Again we only caught a couple songs (and we missed their ‘Mariachi el Bronx’ set on the Yeti stage), but they were fun and set the scene for the nights two biggest acts.

Death From Above 1979 was the second to last act on the Main Stage and we decided to go to the floor and get as close as we could for their set.  We got a decent spot, but not as good as our friend and future ConcertConfessions reviewer Mr. Sparkly, and rocked the hell out for a solid hour of tunes.  I have been hearing a lot about DFA1979, so I was looking forward to this one.  It was a lot of fun and my ears may still hurt from their awesome sound.  After an hour, DFA1979’s set was over and the stage was clear for the biggest name of the Festival to rock us home, The Foo Fighters.

The Foo Fighters are one of my favorite acts in the world, and one of the few bands that I love but have not seen live.  I was looking forward to this set the very most all weekend, and the boys brought everything they could for over two hours. Bridge Burning opened the show and went into a loud Rope.  Another new song came and then they opened up the setlist for some of the older stuff.  I think my personal highlight was Hey, Johnny Park! > Monkey Wrench, which was unbelievably perfect, but the show was pumped full of hits.  Times Like These, My Hero, All My Life, Learning to Fly, I’ll Stick Around and more blew the non-existant roof off of the Gorge.  They got my favorite off the new album, Walk, in there, and brought Bob Mould out to sing on Dear Rosemary (a tune he sings on The Foos new ablum).  An Everlong closer was the perfect way to send us back to the campground for an even longer night of drinking and general debauchery.  I thought the Foo set was A+, but little did I know the best of the weekend was yet to come….

 

Random Notes:

Foo was amazing! Probably a top 3 set of the entire festival for me.

I was a little too drunk this night.  Not terrible, but a little more than I was going for.  This contributed to the lack of video. My apologies.

Anyone who showed up Friday early afternoon to set up camp had to deal with one of the suckiest wind storms in a LONG while.  I can’t believe my tent made it all 4 nights (but eventually lost the battle).

There was a Sasquatch! Festival birthday cake made from the Ace of Cakes guys from TV.  They rolled it out Friday and then again during the Flaming Lips set on Sunday. During the Lips set we all sang Happy Birthday and then Wayne Coyne threw much of the cake into the crowd.

I would guesstimate that the Sasquatch! crowd was easily 50% Canadian.  Could have been more like 66%.  I asked my new friend Phil from Calgary why there were so many Canadians at the show and he said ‘Unless you are in Vancouver, there’s nothing else to do up there”.  The “GO CANUCKS GO” chant got VERY old however.

I wish Bob Mould would have been a bit more rocking.

 

Friday Video of the Day:

 

Friday Video list:

Death from Above 1979 – Turn It Out

 

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Preview – The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Preview

By thenaturalstoner

It’s hard to believe that out of over 100 bands performing at this years Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre, I have only seen two.  I go to a lot of concerts, and like a lot of these bands, so it’s really freaking odd to me that I have only seen the Old 97’s (at an old Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, approx. 10 years ago) and Sharon Jones, although I didn’t see her with the Dap-Kings, only as a backup performer to Phish at their legendary Festival 8.  With that said there are some amazing acts this year, and as always, Sasquatch! is plum full of up and coming bands we will all love in 2-3 years.  This preview will look at my favorite acts I am looking forward to, and why.  There are lots of different reasons that these bands appear on this list, and after the Festival I am sure some of my favorite sets from the event won’t be any of these listed, but these are the top bands I am most looking forward to seeing perform live (ALL for the first time!).

 


10. Flogging Molly: While “celtic punk rock” isn’t my favorite genre, it certainly jumps up big on the list after a few cold beers.  So Sunday night’s Flogging Molly set on the Main Stage at the Gorge should be epic (so should The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse to follow on the Main Stage-what a way to start the night!).

9. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: As mentioned above, I have seen Sharon Jones once before, backing up Phish at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. This will be a nice treat seeing her with her own band. Sharons throwback funk/soul sound gets me going every time and her voice is amazing.

8. The Decembrists: I will admit, an ex-girlfriend got me into this band. Usually the kiss of death, but I have always kind of liked their sound (their 2011 album The King is Dead is a lot of fun) and these guys will be great at the Gorge.

7. Chromeo: When the initial Sasquatch! lineup was announced, I asked concertconfessions own Rev. Justito to give me some names of bands to check out that I might not be familiar with. I’m pretty sure Chromeo was on his list because they made it onto my iPod, but after a couple listens it really wasn’t for me. However, I decided to give their recent Coachella Festival webcast a chance, and after watching the ENTIRE set, this Prince-meets-Devo funky pop band is something I am really excited about seeing. I can only imagine the dance party that awaits.

 

6. Modest Mouse: The great Northwests own Modest Mouse, returning to Sasquatch! for a night for the ages.  Sunday nights headliner is a band that I like (not love), but maybe that will change as this will be my first Modest Mouse show.  I have heard their concerts can be hit or miss, especially these days, but I have to think the Sunday night magic of Sasquatch! will leave the Gorge Amphitheatre in awe.

5. Bassnectar: Dubstep, a genre I am a total noob about, is intriguing to me. And Bassnectar is one of the best blowing up right now.  After hearing about the legendary glow stick wars (that supposedly put my band Phish’s to shame) and seeing some YouTube clips, I have a sneaking suspicion that this late night set could be one of the best of the entire Festival.

4. Iron & Wine: Another ex-girlfriend introduction for me, but I thank her greatly for it.  Iron & Wine (traditionally a one man band, but I have heard he sometimes tours with a group) is one of my favorite mellow “rock” acts.  The Main State of the Gorge will be a perfect setting for a Saturday night dusk time set and the new album is super, so the tunes should be great.

3. J. Mascis: The front man for legendary alternative band Dinosaur Jr. will be at Sasquatch! performing a solo set.  J.’s past solo performances are great and his latest all-acoustic album “Several Shades of Why” is fantastic.  This will be a small side stage act not to be missed!  I think I just pee’d my pants a little thinking about it.

2. The Flaming Lips: Not sure how I have not seen this band before, but am SUPER excited for this set.  The Lips will be performing their 1999 epic “The Soft Bulletin” in its entirety, plus other additional songs to follow.  I’ve been told a Flaming Lips show can be life changing, so Sunday May 29th may be my last “normal” day as thenaturalstoner.

1. Foo Fighters: The first band announced for this years Festival is the one I am looking forward to the most.  Nirvana was always my favorite band growing up, and to have the opportunity to see Dave Grohl and Pat Smear play together will rock my mind and soul.  Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic performed on the Foos new album “Wasting Light” (as did Huskur Du’s own Bob Mould, also at the Sasquatch! Fest), so who knows, maybe a Nirvana reunion will rock Central Washington in May.  Regardless, this is one set I have been looking forward to for months on end.  I had the chance to see the Foos only one other time, also at the Gorge with Kool Keith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some mishaps along the way caused me to miss the show.  That will NOT happen this time.

 

 

Just missing the cut: Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Washington state hip-hop represent!), Bob Mould, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Trailer Park Boys, Reggie Watts, Wilco.

Things I am pissed about:  J. Mascis and Chromeo only scheduled for 45 minutes; The Decemberists, Iron and Wine and Bassnectar only scheduled for an hour; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings scheduling conflict.

So that’s my list.  The best part about Festivals, especially 4 day long ones, is that your list will differ greatly from mine.  I can’t wait to check these bands out (plus 90 others!) and report back on who was amazing and who failed to live up to expectations.  George, Washington, here we come!!!

For those who can’t make it – NPR will be broadcasting live from the festival all weekend long.

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Full Lineup:

Friday, May 27

Foo Fighters

Death From Above 1979

Against Me!

Biffy Clyro

Rival Schools

The Bronx

Bob Mould

Saturday, May 28

Death Cab For Cutie

Bright Eyes

Iron & Wine

Bassnectar

Robyn

Pink Martini

Wolf Parade

Local Natives

Matt & Kim

Trailer Park Boys

Sleigh Bells

The Thermals

Jenny & Johnny

The Head & The Heart

K-os

The Radio Dept.

The Antlers

Sharon Van Etten

Aloe Blacc

The Secret Sisters

Wye Oak

J. Mascis

Tig Notaro

Alberta Cross

Seattle Rock Orchestra

Washed Out

Dan Mangan

The Globes

Rebecca Gates & The Consortium

Pepper Rabbit

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Matt McCarthy

The Glitch Mob

Sunday, May 29

Modest Mouse

The Flaming Lips

Flogging Molly

Cold War Kids

Ratatat

MSTRKRFT

Yeasayer

Beach House

Flying Lotus

Tokyo Police Club

Fitz & The Tantrums

Archers of Loaf

City and Colour

Reggie Watts

Gayngs

Tim Minchin

The Drums

Sam Roberts Band

Villagers

The Moondoggies

Smith Westerns

Das Racist

Wheedle’s Groove

S. Carey

Typhoon

Gold Panda

Cotton Jones

Mad Rad

Basia Bulat

Other Lives

Talkdemonic

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Hari Kondabolu

Monday, May 30

Wilco

The Decemberists

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Old 97’s

Chromeo

Guided By Voices

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Deerhunter

Major Lazer

Skrillex

The Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins Show

!!!

Best Coast

Surfer Blood

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Bonobo (DJ Set)

Young the Giant

Stornoway

Black Mountain

Noah & The Whale

Wavves

GIVERS

Twin Shadow

Foster the People

White Denim

Axis of Awesome

Jaill

White Arrows

Head Like A Kite

The Young Evils

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Phish Finally Returns To The West Coast (and Chicago)

Phish Finally Returns To The West Coast (and Chicago)

Yes, we are a tad late in posting, but with most of us out West we had to get our plans together. It’s finally going down – Phish is returning to the West Coast.

Many of your favorite members of Concert Confessions plan to hit The Gorge, Hollywood Bowl and Outside Lands, so look for plenty of coverage right here. We ask that you don’t click here and request mail order tickets for the tour, because we have waited way too long for some West Coast love. We kid of course….kinda.

Complete Phish 2011 Tourdates A/O 04/11/11

5/27 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
5/28 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY – SOLD OUT
5/29 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
5/31 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
6/01 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
6/03 – DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston, MI
6/04 – Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
6/05 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
6/07 – Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
6/08 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
6/10 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6/11 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
6/12 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
6/14 – Verizon Wireless @ Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA – SOLD OUT
6/15 – Verizon Wireless @ Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA – SOLD OUT
6/17 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
6/18 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, NC
6/19 – Ntelos Pavilion at Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA – SOLD OUT
7/01 – Super Ball IX, Watkins Glen, NY
7/02 – Super Ball IX, Watkins Glen, NY
7/03 – Super Ball IX, Watkins Glen, NY
8/05 – The Gorge Amphithetare, George, WA
8/06 – The Gorge Amphithetare, George, WA
8/08 – Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
8/09 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s, Lake Tahoe, NV
8/10 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s, Lake Tahoe, NV
8/12 – Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA
8/15 – UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
8/16 – UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
8/17 – UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL

Sasquatch Festival 2011 Set To Rock George, WA

Sasquatch Festival 2011 Set To Rock George, WA

As we reported late last year, the Sasquatch Music Festival is set to return to the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. As we already reported, Foo Fighters will be headlining one of the four nights. Also on the bill are Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips and a lot more. Four day passes are on sale now and single day tickets will go on sale on Feb 14th.. For all the details on this festival (which we hope to have our very own Thenaturalstoner attend) please click here.

Foo Fighters Set To Rock Sasquatch Festival in 2011

Foo Fighters Set To Rock Sasquatch Festival in 2011
News posted by: thenaturalstoner

It’s never too early to get excited for the best festival in the West.  Held every Memorial Day (in May, for the holiday challenged) Weekend it’s the Gorge Amphitheatres own Sasquatch Festival.

The festivals official site has announced intial plans for this years run, and the early news sounds excellent:

1. A 4th night (Friday) has been added to the Festival!!

2. Early headliner announcement: The Foo Fighters!  The Footies will be headlining the new Friday night freak out…. Concertconfessions is very excited about this early news.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiYzQx4HLXM

Check back to http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/ or http://www.concertconfessions.com or more Sasquatch news as it comes.  TONS of bands will be added, and this Fest will be one not to miss!

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