A Peek at Sasquatch: Hip-Hop a prominent feature of this year’s festival | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

A Peek at Sasquatch: Hip-Hop a prominent feature of this year’s festival

An inside look of the annual Sasquatch concert in Washington.

Every summer the Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge Amphitheater provides its nearly 25,000 fans with some of music’s most memorable performances of the year. Because of its far-reaching fame, the event has become a perennial sell-out. The 11th annual edition will once again pair a handful of mainstream music’s biggest names with a healthy dose of independent and fresh new artists.

Past performers have included rock stalwarts Jane’s Addiction, Pavement and Wilco. This year that tradition continues with headlining sets by Beck and The Shins. Festivalgoers would also be fools to miss a show from the newly minted solo career of former White Stripes front man Jack White. His highly anticipated release Blunderbuss, displayed a more subdued version of White that should translate into one of the more memorable Sasquatch performances.


Sasquatch 2012 will also feature more hip-hop acts than in previous years. Among them, legendary seven-piece act The Roots will hit the Bigfoot stage on Saturday while last year’s standout, Shabazz Palaces, will be on the same stage Monday. NBC sitcom star turned rapper/producer, Donald Glover, will bring his high energy to the Sasquatch stage on Saturday under the name Childish Gambino. Mix-masters Girl Talk and Seattle favorites The Physics fire up the rap groove on Friday.

Pop fans, don’t fret—there’ll also be plenty of summery pop-rock to go around with the likes of Craft Spells, Dum Dum Girls, Hey Marseilles and Grouplove, all modern favorites.

Other Sasquatch 2012 gems include:

Friday: Polica, Yellow Ostrich, Of Monsters And Men, honeyhoney

Saturday: Electric Guest, Said The Whale, Wolfgang Gartner, Lord Huron

Sasquatch Music Festival

May 25-28

The Gorge Amphitheater

754 Silica Road, Quincy WA

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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