May 21, 2013 in events
It was almost heartbreaking to learn that we would not be attending the Sasquatch music festival this year. Sasquatch is far from perfect, the big festival corporate sponsorship can be more than overbearing, especially when compared to some of the other festivals in the Northwest. But it’s still a beautiful location and despite my exhaustion last year, I had a lot of fun. Even though we won’t be there, I want to make sure that if you’re going, you see the best music and comedy the festival has to offer. As was my experience a year ago, the best acts are not always the most advertised or known.
Last year the Friday schedule was so light that I didn’t even bother getting there early enough to see it, this may have been a mistake, but considering how exhausted I was by Monday morning, I don’t regret my decision. This year it is a MUST to get there on Friday, as some of the festivals most dynamic acts will be performing.
Reignwolf- Even if you’ve seen Jordan Cook, it’s more than worth it to see him again, his performances at Sasquatch and Bumbershoot last year were among the best I’ve ever seen.
Japandroids- This duo just feels like it was built for something like Sasquatch, heavy deep-cutting rock with a strong melodic core.
Telekinesis- Fresh off their tour with Deep Sea Diver, and supporting a sweet new album, Dormarion, it’s a shame that they are running right up against another favorite…
Father John Misty- I could talk about how much I love FJM until I was blue in the face, I won’t, but it baffles me as to why they would place him on Friday evening.
Youth Lagoon- Just as with Japandroids, there are some sounds that just work so well at Sasquatch, this is one of them.
Vampire Weekend- Everyone is going to be vying for the best view of Macklemore at the main stage, but I wouldn’t discount VW who will probably have a more intimate crowd.
The Friday and Saturday schedules should be reversed. While Friday has an overabundance of great music, Saturday is a little a lot, light on good music. Actually I didn’t realize just how bad it was until now. My suggestion is to take it easy, browse the stages for whatever interests you, and take in a lot of comedy.
Rose Windows- My favorite music act of the day. I don’t think you can describe their music better than they do themselves “insufferable psychedelic garbage.”
Joe Mande, Kyle Kinane, Nick Offerman- My suggestion is to take in all the comedy this day. These are three of the funniest guys alive, both Mande and Kinane (my personal favorite) will no doubt have amazing standup sets. While I have no idea what exactly Offerman will do, I’m sure it will be hilarious and very Ron Swanson(esque).
Sigur Ros- They could either be a lot of fun live or really boring. I’m really just grasping at straws for the Saturday schedule, but as one of the more unique main stage acts it’s probably worth checking out.
Friday is still the day that is most full of good music, Sunday is better than Saturday. But with at least two of my favorite bands playing, I call the day successful. It should be noted that this year Sasquatch did away with the noon start times. 1:00 is still early when people are partying until 3-4 am. That said, I saw some really great acts first thing in the day last year.
Deep Sea Diver- My favorite Seattle band by a long shot. If you see only one performance all festival, make it this. Yes, it’s early, but it’ll be totally worth it.
Wild Belle- I’ve been crushing on this brother and sister duo for about a year now. Their debut album Isles, is one of the years best, and their show last November with DSD at Neumos was spectacular.
Jon Daly, Brody Stevens, Brett Gelman- All three of these gentleman are hilarious, but I have a soft spot for Gelman, whom I saw do a workshop of his show 1,000 Cats many years back at the UCB in LA.
Primus 3D- I’ve loved these guys for many, many years now, and new album or not they would still be a fun show to see. It’s a little strange to see them going on so late.
Monday is the final day of the festival, and you’re either going to be dragging, where you’ll just want to plant yourself at a stage and chill for the day. Or you’ll have a runners high, where you’ll try to get around to as many shows as possible before going home. I sound like a broken record, but it was detrimental to Sasquatch to front load the schedule on Friday, with so many great bands, especially when so many people miss that day.
James Adomian, Tig Notaro, Mike Birbiglia- Three immensely funny people, all of which are worth checking out. If you only have time for one however, don’t miss Tig. Last year she went on stage at Largo in LA just days after learning she had breast cancer, throwing out her original set list, she performed what will go down in history as one of the most important Comedy sets in history. I really wonder what she’s talking about a year later.
Cody Chesnutt- I was not familiar with him before the Sasquatch premier party, but now that I am, I have fallen in love with his soulful voice.
Dirty Projectors- Their crossover sound will be great on the Bigfoot stage, with the sun beating down on a sapphire sky, this should be very idyllic.
The Postal Service- Why not! They’re closing out Sasquatch, and as one of the most anticipated performances, they’re definitely going to make it worth it.
By no means is this the best list, or the most comprehensive, but it’s my list of the performances that I wouldn’t miss. My suggestion for any festival is to make a list of the bands you Can’t Miss, those you Want To See, and those that you’ll Check Out. Look, you probably spent the equivalent of a months rent on this festival, fill it with music and comedy, take a risk on someone or a band, you wouldn’t see otherwise.