May 25, 2011

Here we go Sasquatch!

Tomorrow morning I catch a flight to Seattle to prepare for my first weekend at the Sasquatch Festival (celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!). Normally a standing work commitment prevents me from Sasquatching, but this year they were so kind as to schedule my conference in Vancouver starting the day after the festival ends. So some friends I will be packing our tents and diving headlong and happily into the fray.

This has long been high on my list of music festivals to attend, and I have never partaken in the stunning natural beauty of The Gorge (although I sent a writer-friend in 2009). As it has been every year, the lineup is completely marvelous. I jumped into the fest on faith and legacy without closely examining the lineup, and as I sat down in earnest to craft my schedule this week, I was left mouth agape in wordless pleasure. Holy heck do I get to see some great bands I have never seen before!

Here are my recommendations for this Sasquatch weekend 2011. If you are coming as well, please come find me and say hello, or if you are not, you can stream the whole weekend on KEXP. I may also have to get me a poster or two.

Due to several conflicts of scheduling (especially Saturday!), I may also need to find a way to clone myself, okbrb.


Set up camp!
Biffy Clyro, 5:05– 5:50, Bigfoot
Bob Mould, 5:45– 6:30, Sasquatch
Death From Above 1979, 8:00– 9:00, Sasquatch
Foo Fighters, 9:30– 11:30, Sasquatch

Seattle Rock Orchestra (Radiohead tribute!), 12:00– 12:45, Bigfoot
Alberta Cross, 12:00– 12:45, Sasquatch
The Radio Dept, 1:05– 1:50, Sasquatch
The Globes, 1:20– 2:05, Yeti
K-os (goood stuff), 2:00– 2:45, Bigfoot
The Head & The Heart, 2:10– 2:55, Sasquatch
Aloe Blacc, 3:00– 3:45, Bigfoot
Dan Mangan (yayy!), 3:30– 4:15, Yeti
Sharon Van Etten, 4:05– 4:50, Bigfoot
Wolf Parade (last show ever?), 4:20– 5:05, Sasquatch
Wye Oak, 5:40– 6:25, Yeti
Iron & Wine (never seen him, despite my love), 6:45– 7:45, Sasquatch
Bright Eyes, 8:15-9:15, Sasquatch
Robyn, 9:00-10:00, Bigfoot
Sleigh Bells, 10:10– 10:45, Banana Shack (!!)
Death Cab for Cutie, 9:45-11:30, Sasquatch
Bassnectar (fun), 11:30– 12:30, Bigfoot

Typhoon (!!), 12:00– 12:45, Bigfoot
Wheedle’s Groove, 1:00- 1:45, Bigfoot
The Moondoggies, 2:00- 2:45, Bigfoot
Fitz & The Tantrums, 2:10– 2:55, Sasquatch
Basia Bulat, 2:25– 3:10, Yeti
Tokyo Police Club, 3:15– 4:00, Sasquatch
Other Lives, 3:30– 4:15, Yeti
City and Colour, 5:10- 5:55, Bigfoot
Archers of Loaf (Eric Bachmann!), 6:20– 7:05, Bigfoot
Flaming Lips, 8:00- 9:30, Sasquatch
Yeasayer, 9:00– 10:00, Bigfoot
MSTRKRFT, 10:00 – 11:00, Banana Shack

GIVERS, 12:00– 12:45, Bigfoot
Young the Giant, 12:35– 1:20, Sasquatch
Noah & The Whale, 2:00– 2:45, Bigfoot
Chromeo, 2:45– 3:30, Sasquatch
Guided By Voices (!!), 3:50– 4:50, Sasquatch
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 5:10– 5:55, Bigfoot
Foster the People, 5:40– 6:25, Yeti
Surfer Blood, 6:20- 7:05, Bigfoot
!!!, 7:30– 8:30, Bigfoot
The Decemberists, 8:00- 9:00, Sasquatch
Wilco, 9:30– 11:30, Sasquatch

Whew. Right?!

And then in addition to all that, I also have managed to finagle in a pre-Sasquatch house show in Seattle on Thursday night with both Cataldo and Hey Marseilles (both recent faves of the highest caliber), and a post-festival club show in Vancouver with a favorite fellow blogger to see Bahamas and Noah & The Whale.

I am pretty sure I might collapse into a happy pile of musical satisfaction by sometime next week, so wish me luck. I’m off!

[pretty Sasquatch 2009 stage-view photo credit Dainon!]

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  • Yay Sasquatch! Yay Heather in Vancouver!

    Megan — May 26, 2011 @ 2:57 am

  • Whew! Is right! Lotta names IDK but will find online.

    Foos I wanna see!
    The Head and The Heart…
    The Decemberists…
    Bought Hey Marseilles in record store per them playin it…
    DCFC for sure…never seen ‘em
    Iron and Wine….same.
    Foster the People…fb friend shared a link…yes!

    Hec, I’ve yet to see any of the bands listed above.

    Lived in Seattle area Y2k thru ’04 as new parents so never made it out to the gorge in George, Washington much as I wanted to. I will be livin vicariously thru your reports.


    Pat Donohue — May 26, 2011 @ 7:07 am

  • Oh, Basia Bulat. If you by chance run into her and find her still without child, please let her know there’s a guy in Florida eager to change that up for her, real quick-like.

    Not me, silly. Just, you know, a friend.

    Dainon — May 26, 2011 @ 8:10 am

  • sure, D. i’ll offer that to her. there is nothing we females like more than unsolicited impregnation offers. i’m on it!

    xx miss you, wish you could come too.

    browneheather — May 26, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  • Man, I just don’t get the Moondoggies. Their album is alright, but they were pretty boring when opening for Dawes back in November.

    Tom — May 26, 2011 @ 9:39 am

  • Great post Heather. I live in the Seattle area. Is the Seattle house show open to the public? If so, hit me up with details. I’m loving your blog.

    Clay — May 26, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  • Wilco! Finally!
    Just discovered your blog. Love it. My company made the launch vid for Sasquatch. Thought you might want to watch it.

    Tony — May 26, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

  • Have a great time! If the conference is in vancouver washington, not canada, and you pass through olympia hungry for a good sandwich, stop by The Bread Peddler and say hi! I work thurs-sunday, and i’ll buy your lunch. Least i can do for you…your blog means so much to me.

    PS – Please write a book someday. Seriously. Your writing is increadible, your words about music sometimes even better then the music itself. You are an inspiration.

    Chris — May 26, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

  • Hey Heather – awesome post!
    Glad to see Canadian K-os on there!

    I know you’ll probably see GOV on Monday, but if you’re interested in what I think might be the next most awesome and up and coming thing – I’d strongly recommend checking out Stornoway:

    Monday, May 30
    4:05 – 4:50

    I saw them play in Portland at Christmas and not only are these British guys super smart (two them are PHDs from Oxford) they are the most bright, uplifting, quirky and creative sound I’ve encountered out there next to Josh Ritter…

    JL — May 28, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

  • Heather,
    First off have a safe trip. 2nd I would love to see H& the H so bad,since you posted that “Skinny Love” video of them. Bright Eyes!!
    I believe Robyn is going to tear the house down. I knda love all the Dutch…I hope she scores, and then Death Cab. So fortunate. Hope the weather is good.
    All the Best

    mickeyitaliano — June 7, 2011 @ 3:57 am

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