SPRING AND SUMMER RISING
SASQUATCH FESTIVAL, GORGE AMPHITHEATER, MAY 24-26
I decided to make the trek again this spring. I don't know if it was three days last year or not,
but this year it will be! Three glorious days! I booked a good place to stay on Saturday and
Sunday nights, so I won't have to stay at the Gorge's faeces-riddled campground (after staying
there after a Tom Petty show in the late Nineties, I decided to never camp there again... incredibly stoned people screaming all night long, overflowing outhouses, horrendous stench, etc.)
This is what the Sasquatch lineup looks like for this year. If a name appears in bold type, it is an artist I am familiar with. If any of you know anything about any of the others, please comment.
Saturday, May 24th:
R.E.M. (pictured above) / Modest Mouse / M.I.A. / The New Pornographers / The National / Ozomatli / Beirut / Dengue Fever / Fleet Foxes / The Breeders / Okkervil River / Crudo (featuring Mike Patton & Dan The Automator) / Destroyer / Kathleen Edwards / The Whigs / Dead Confederate / Newton Faulkner / Grand Archives / David Bazan / Joshua Morrison / Vince Mira with the Roy Kay Trio / Throw Me The Statue / The Shaky Hands / Grand Hallway / Rich Fulcher / Jerry Minor / Tim Meadows / Horatio Sanz / Matt Walsh / Matt Besser / Upright Citizens Brigade / Sean Conroy
Sunday, May 25th:
The Cure (pictured above) / Death Cab For Cutie / Michael Franti & Spearhead / The Presidents of the United States of America / Christmas On Mars (Flaming Lips Movie) / Cold War Kids / Blue Scholars / 65daysofstatic / Tegan & Sara / Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / The Kooks / Mates of State / Rogue Wave / White Rabbits / The Heavenly States / What Made Milwaukee Famous / The Morning Benders / The Blakes / Sera Cahoone / Cancer Rising / The Cops / J. Tillman / "Awesome" / Truckasauras / Brian Posehn / Morgan Murphy / Reggie Watts / Andy Haynes / Kevin Hyder / Aziza Diaz / Derek Sheen / Andy Peters
(The Flaming Lips, photo by Jay Blakesburg)
Monday, May 26th:
The Flaming Lips U.F.O. Show / The Mars Volta / Flight Of The Conchords / Rodrigo Y Gabriela / Built To Spill / The Hives / Matt Costa / Yeasayer / Dyme Def / Ghostland Observatory / Jamie Lidell / Battles / The Cave Singers / The Little Ones / Pela / Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down / Delta Spirit / Kinski / Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground / Say Hi / Siberian / Whalebones / The Choir Practice / The Moondoggies / Michael Ian Black / Michael Showalter / Eugene Mirman / Marc Maron / Seattle School / Mike Min / Korby Sears / Liza Keckler
I will then give myself a couple of months for my body and my pocketbook to recover before Mrs. Snave and I go with friends from La Grande to see:
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band
at the Edgefield Inn near Portland on July 20. This time around, his touring band includes Colin Hay (Men at Work), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, and Greg Bissonette (well-known session drummer). Mrs. Snave and I saw Paul McCartney a couple of years ago, and I figured we had better see the other remaining living Beatle while we have the chance. It should be a fun evening. I have seen video of Ringo and his All-Starr outfits, and they not only do his solo stuff and some Beatles tunes, but they also do some of the tunes for which the band participants are known. That means (hopefully) we should be able to hear "Down Under", "Who Can it Be Now?", "Pick Up The Pieces", "Free Ride", "Frankenstein", and "Dream Weaver" (Mrs. Snave would like that one!) I don't care too much about Billy Squier, but that's o.k. He will probably get to do "Everybody Wants You", I guess.
Both the Gorge Amphitheater and the Edgefield Inn are about 4 hours drive from La Grande. Seattle is about 5 1/2 or 6 hours away. I'm hoping to get to Seattle this summer too, to visit J. Marquis and our mutual friend David. Who knows, maybe we can work some live music into that visit!
I figure there is too much good live music to hear and just not enough time to hear it all, so the plan should be to hear as much of it as possible!