The Pickathon Superlatives

From Angel Olsen and Diarrhea Planet to shirtless bros, feral children and fried chicken buns, here are the best things we heard, saw and consumed at Pickathon 2014.


“There are a lot of music festivals,” said Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts early into his band’s set amongst the trees of Pendarvis Farm, “but there’s only one Pickathon.” The slacker affect of his voice may have muddled his sincerity, but there’s no arguing against the truth of that statement. Pickathon is truly one of a kind—to the point that it probably doesn’t even deserve to ...   More
Thursday, August 7, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do and See in Portland, August 1-3


Friday, Aug. 1Mt. Hood Jazz Festival [JAZZ] This year’s slimmed-down edition of the long-running Mt. Hood Jazz Festival kicks off with Friday night’s free round robin featuring four local combos, each at a different restaurant on Main Avenue in downtown Gresham. Saturday’s schedule begins around noon with a local all-star lineup featuring Javier Nero, John Nastos and other Portland jazz ...   More
Friday, August 1, 2014 WW Culture Staff

The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.

Music Stories
If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Pickathon Announces Its First 2014 Artists

UPDATE: Full lineup (more or less) complete.


Yesterday, Pickathon—the annual roots-ish music festival held out just outside Portland at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley—announced that this year's festival would take place Aug. 1-3. They also revealed that, in celebration of its 16th edition, they will be gradually rolling out the lineup over the next 16 days, beginning…today! And apparently, they're going in reverse alphabetical ...   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Watch A New Pixies Video Filmed at Pickathon 2013


The video for "Andro Queen," a new track from alt-rock survivors Pixies, doesn't actually feature anyone from the band. Instead, this artful little clip from director Ondi Timoner brings you along on a hallucinatory journey through the 2013 edition of Pickathon, replete with suitcase kick drums, tiger heads, brooding dudes in hats, alt-roots singer-songwriter Shakey Graves, and plenty of other beautifully ...   More
Monday, October 7, 2013 ROBERT HAM

The Best of Pickathon 2013

Dale Watson's tour bus, the Relatives' suits, judgmental square dancers and more of the most awesome things at the best lil' roots-ish music festival in town!

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Another Pickathon is in the books, and like most music festivals, it takes a few days to recover from. Unlike most music festivals, the exhaustion always feels worth it. Although this year’s installment may have priced out a few regulars—blame the inflated rates at least partially on Feist, perhaps the biggest-name headliner the fest has scored yet, but the crowds certainly seemed a bit thinner ...   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Regulars

A guide to Pickathon’s regional heroes.

Music Stories
When it started 15 years ago, Pickathon, Portland’s annual roots-music festival, had little interest in anything contemporary. As it’s grown in both size and scope, finally embracing music cre   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Must-See Pickathon Sets Per Stage

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Fir Meadows Stage: Lightning Dust (Friday, 7:40 pm)The first day of Pickathon is typically dedicated to finding camping, then booze, then the square dance, but a pre-sundown, open-air performance    More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Six Most Awesome Things About the 2013 Pickathon Lineup


Pickathon has long been one of the most unique festival-going experiences—nestled among the trees on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, it legitimately feels like summer camp—and in the last few years, the lineup has shifted to reflect that uniqueness. It hasn't abandoned its roots as a, um, roots music festival, it's expanded on them, making it unlike just about any other multi-day music gathering ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Best of Everything Else 2012

We didn’t just sit around listening to records all year. Some of us actually left the house.

Music Stories
Best Show Almost No One Saw: Matthew Shipp Trio It was quite a surprise to find Jimmy Mak’s not even one-third full for a rare Portland appearance by powerhouse pianist Matthew Shipp and his t   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 AP KRYZA


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