Pickathon will return to the forests surrounding Portland, Oregon this year from Aug. 2-4. Over the last 20 years, the festival has developed a reputation for its genre-redefining programming and an emphasis on artist discovery.
“Our secret,” explains festival founder Zale Schoenborn, “is that we continue to double down on choices that only make sense when your primary focus is to make the best experience possible, even when it sometimes conflicts with maximizing profits. We made a conscious choice some years back to limit our attendance to favor the comfort of our attendees over finding new ways to maximize how many people we can jam into Pendarvis Farm. Entering our 21st year, Pickathon remains inspired to innovate new ways to create the best festival experience.”
The lineup this year includes: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Khruangbin, Mandolin Orange, Tyler Childers, Lucius, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Fruit Bats, Mountain Man, Caamp, YOB, Damien Jurado, Lambchop, Laura Veirs, Julia Jacklin, The Marías, Miya Folick, Sudan Archives, Bonny Light Horseman, Mdou Moctar, Courtney Marie Andrews, Lido Pimienta, Cedric Burnside, Town Mountain, Jupiter & Okwess, The Beths, B Boys, Our Girl, JJUUJJUU, Sneaks, Young Jesus, Sam Evian, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Flasher, Mike and The Moonpies, Nap Eyes, Soft Kill, H.C. McEntire, Helena Deland, The Cordovas, Lauren Morrow, Bodega, David Nance Group, The Po' Ramblin' Boys, Virginia Wing, Garrett T Capps, Martha Scanlan, Gold Star, Colton Turner, &more (Chill Moody & Donn T) and David Bragger & Susan Platz.
From folk-infused indie rockers to doom metal purveyors and more experimental artists, this year’s festival looks to continue bringing together musicians of all genres and aesthetics. Check out this Spotify playlist which the festival has curated in advance for those who want a taste of what’s to come.
A group of over 600 videographers and audio specialists will record the Pickathon experience, eventually gathering nearly 200 videos that will be released between festivals.