There are many festivals out there that aim to bring in as big a crowd as possible by booking hot, in-demand acts. Portland, Oregon’s Pickathon goes in a different direction. Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn goes after bands that play “good music” despite any labels attached to them or their ability to sell tickets. On the smaller end of the music festival scale, for Pickathon’s 15th annual festival, which will take place on August 2 – 4 at Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland, Schoenborn and his team are looking to attract 3,500 attendees.
Today, the lineup for Pickathon has come out and features a lot of bands we’ve mentioned over the past 12 months from Andrew Bird to the Divine Fits to The Devil Makes Three to Sharon Van Etten to Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside. None of these acts are huge, but they all create “good music” fitting in perfectly with Pickathon’s mission. We’re happy to see that HT faves The Felice Brothers, Marco Benevento and Yellowbirds are also set to play Pickathon this August.
Here’s the just-announced lineup for Pickathon 2013…
Andrew Bird, Divine Fits, The Devil Makes Three, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Sharon Van Etten, Shabazz Palaces, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Feist, Vieux Farka Touré, Howe Gelb, Lady, The Felice Brothers, Tift Merritt, The Lone Bellow, Dale Watson, Foxygen, Wayne Hancock, Marco Benevento, Ginny Hawker, Parquet Courts, Breathe Owl Breathe, Lake Street Dive, Dirk Powell, Lightning Dust, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, King Tuff, JD McPherson, White Fence, Shinyribs, Yellowbirds, Foghorn Stringband, Shakey Graves, Caleb Klauder Country Band, Brad Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys, I Draw Slow, Leo Randeau, Malcolm Holcombe, Pure Bathing Culture, Sturgill Simpson, Old Light, The Cactus Blossoms, Pharis & Jason Romeo, Pickathon Squaredance with Caller Caroline Oakley, Diane Ferlatte, Cat Doorman, Circus Cascadia, Trackers Earth, and Caroline Oakley Family Dance Band
Tickets for Pickathon are currently on sale through the event’s website.