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Behind the Scenes: Sasquatch 

Looking at some of our favorite festivals


For festival fiends, the Sasquatch Music Festival in George, Wash. has been the official kickoff to summer since its inception in 2002. While in years past, Bend has benefited from festival runoff, this year you'll have to make the trek to The Gorge Amphitheater to catch bands from this year's lineup. Fear not, located in the Columbia River Gorge, you'll be amazed at the natural environment your favorite bands perform in at Sasquatch.

click to enlarge Alabama Shakes - MATTHEW LAMB
  • Matthew Lamb
  • Alabama Shakes

Friday, May 26, promises a remarkable night of music with the recent addition of headliners LCD Soundsystem. At the beginning of May, the festival announced the indie dance rockers would take the place of Frank Ocean as headliner on Friday night. Other Friday highlights include The Head and the Heart, who are currently touring in support of their amazing new album "Signs of Light," Sleigh Bells and Mondo Cozmo. Sasheer Zamata of "Saturday Night Live" commands the comedy stage.

Saturday, May 27, everyone's favorite "Portlandia" star, Fred Armisen, takes over the comedy stage. Twenty One Pilots headlines the main stage on Saturday. MGMT, Mac Miller, Bleachers and Blitzen Trapper stand out as must-see acts on the middle day of the festival.

Sunday, May 28, closes out the weekend with heavy hitter Chance the Rapper at the helm. Chance the Rapper never signed with a label, donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools and puts on an incredible show. Other Sunday highlights include The Shins, who make their way to Bend in September, Phantogram and more.

click to enlarge Tacocat performing at the 2016 Sasquatch Music Fest - MICHAEL LAMB
  • Michael Lamb
  • Tacocat performing at the 2016 Sasquatch Music Fest

Why Go

Lineup aside, concertgoers make the journey to Sasquatch for the experience and the breathtaking venue. The Gorge Amphitheatre tops many music lovers' venue bucket lists as it features stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge, post-music parties in the campground and a memorable experience all around. The natural amphitheater carved out by the majestic Columbia River creates a concert experience unlike any other.


May 26-28, 2017

Gorge Amphitheater, Wash.

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