Charles Bradley, Ty Segall, Tank & The Bangas and more come together at the electric Pickathon Music Festival

Despite the unusual heatwave combined with a haze of smoke that traveled from British Columbia to Oregon, crowds nevertheless descended onto Pendavaris Farm in Happy Valley for the 19th-Annual Pickathon Music Festival. Pickathon is a different experience compared to most camping festivals.

A family friendly weekend in the woods complete with designated kid’s areas; combined with a commitment to sustainability(the treeline stage would be torn down after the festival to be used to build affordable housing) are among several characteristics that make it unlike any other summer festival. The diverse music line up includes everything from folk to hip hop and punk rock to blues. Furthermore, artists from around the globe are represented at the festival, some from as far as Israel and Thailand. The organizers are also dedicated to including several local Portland artists on the rise. This year included, Y La Bamba, The Last Artful Dodgr, TYuS and Mic Capes to name a few.

Y La Bamba

Xenia Rubinos

One thing I love most about Pickathon is that every artist performs at least twice throughout the four day festival so if you miss the first performance or have a scheduling conflict, you still have another chance to catch the artist again. Or, if one performance isn’t enough for you, you could watch an artist twice.

Wolf People

TYuS

A few of the stand-out performances I witnessed were Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Tank and the Bangas, Xenia Rubinos and A-WA. Other notable acts include Black Milk and Nat Turner, Priests, Ty Segall and Dinosaur Jr.

Some of the most memorable highlights include:

  • Charles Bradley tossing/handing out roses and hugging audience members following his electrifying set.
  • Tank and the Bangas bringing both a theatrical and explosively energetic presence and inviting an audience member on stage to dance with them.
  • Xenia Rubinos being a relentless ball of fire, tearing the stage up with her fusion of neo-soul, funk, hip-hop and snagging a cap from a dude.
  • A-WA sparking an eruption of the most epic dance party in the woods with their charm and Yemenite grooves.

A WA

Y La Bamba

Xenia Rubinos

Ty Segall

Ty Segall

Ty Segall

The Last Artful Dodgr

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Priests

Priests

Mic Capes

KING

Jonny Cool

Jonny Cool

Jay Som

Jay Som

Ghost Note

Ghost Note

Dinosaur Jr

Dinosaur Jr

Dezarie

Charles Bradley

Black Milk and Nat Turner

Black Milk and Nat Turner

Black Milk

A WA

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Charles Bradley, Ty Segall, Tank & The Bangas and more come together at the electric Pickathon Music Festival

Despite the unusual heatwave combined with a haze of smoke that traveled from British Columbia to Oregon, crowds nevertheless descended onto Pendavaris Farm in Happy Valley for the 19th-Annual Pickathon Music Festival. Pickathon is a different experience compared to most camping festivals.

A family friendly weekend in the woods complete with designated kid’s areas; combined with a commitment to sustainability(the treeline stage would be torn down after the festival to be used to build affordable housing) are among several characteristics that make it unlike any other summer festival. The diverse music line up includes everything from folk to hip hop and punk rock to blues. Furthermore, artists from around the globe are represented at the festival, some from as far as Israel and Thailand. The organizers are also dedicated to including several local Portland artists on the rise. This year included, Y La Bamba, The Last Artful Dodgr, TYuS and Mic Capes to name a few.

Y La Bamba

Xenia Rubinos

One thing I love most about Pickathon is that every artist performs at least twice throughout the four day festival so if you miss the first performance or have a scheduling conflict, you still have another chance to catch the artist again. Or, if one performance isn’t enough for you, you could watch an artist twice.

Wolf People

TYuS

A few of the stand-out performances I witnessed were Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Tank and the Bangas, Xenia Rubinos and A-WA. Other notable acts include Black Milk and Nat Turner, Priests, Ty Segall and Dinosaur Jr.

Some of the most memorable highlights include:

  • Charles Bradley tossing/handing out roses and hugging audience members following his electrifying set.
  • Tank and the Bangas bringing both a theatrical and explosively energetic presence and inviting an audience member on stage to dance with them.
  • Xenia Rubinos being a relentless ball of fire, tearing the stage up with her fusion of neo-soul, funk, hip-hop and snagging a cap from a dude.
  • A-WA sparking an eruption of the most epic dance party in the woods with their charm and Yemenite grooves.

A WA

Y La Bamba

Xenia Rubinos

Ty Segall

Ty Segall

Ty Segall

The Last Artful Dodgr

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Priests

Priests

Mic Capes

KING

Jonny Cool

Jonny Cool

Jay Som

Jay Som

Ghost Note

Ghost Note

Dinosaur Jr

Dinosaur Jr

Dezarie

Charles Bradley

Black Milk and Nat Turner

Black Milk and Nat Turner

Black Milk

A WA

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