With Sasquatch! Music Festival being only 22 days away, we thought we would throw together a short list of acts you absolutely CANNOT miss out on this year at the Gorge. Of course, you can’t go wrong catching any of the amazing bands Sasquatch! has locked down for us to create memories with this Memorial Day weekend, but these are just a few we are extra stoked to see.
Disclaimer: it was extremely difficult to create this list—there are just too many dope performers lined up!
One of my personal faves, Chromeo is a duo made up of the funkiest cats you ever laid your sweet eyes on or gave your ears the privilege of jamming to. Since 2004 with their debut album “She’s in Control,” members David Macklovitch (a.k.a Dave 1) and Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg) have swept away the hearts—and dancing feet—of anyone with an ear for melodic 80’s beats, soulful funk tunes and lyrics about the trials and tribulations of young romance. Dave 1 and P-Thugg quite literally make the crowd come alive with their one-of-a-kind vibe, stage presence and especially their killer dance moves. Their latest album, “White Women”, features incredible duos with artists like Solange, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Toro Y Moi. The single “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” has hit the tops of charts since its release last year and “Old 45’s” is definitely an easy one to keep on repeat for months at a time. You better believe that these #FnkLrds know what the funk is up, and are guaranteed to be one of your favorites at the fest. Don’t miss them on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on the Sasquatch Stage!
This kick-ass American rock band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994 might be the most anticipated and awesome reunion 2015 has seen yet. After a ten year hiatus, Carrie Brownstein (yes, from Portlandia), Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss are back with new album “No Cities To Love,” and we are sure ready to see them live in action. The album digs deep into the three members’ fundamental beings and is all about the reinvention of Sleater-Kinney. With “No Cities To Love” the band “went for the jugular,” Tucker stated. “The core of this record is our relationship to each other, to the music, and how all of us still felt strongly enough about those to sweat it out in the basement and try and reinvent our band.” So far, their tour has brought nothing but great reviews and rising anticipation for the Sleater-Kinney epicness to continue. Catch these ladies on Friday at 11:00 p.m. on the Sasquatch Stage.
Since their formation in 1992, Dilated Peoples of L.A. have been a constant staple and source of inspiration in the underground hip-hop scene. Also returning from a hiatus, this is the first time we have seen Dilated Peoples (Originally just Evidence & Rakaa in 1997- joined by D.J. Babu a year later) together in eight years. Their latest release, under the geniuses at Expansion Team/Rhymesayers Entertainment, called “Director of Photography,” remains faithful to the group’s iconic sound and panache but adds extra layers of drum-based harmonies and prime scratching from D.J. Babu. The boys are back and with the most cunning lyrics and freshest beats sure to bring any 90’s hip hop head, or hip-hop lover in general, back to their roots. Don’t miss the critically acclaimed group’s set on the Bigfoot Stage Saturday at 4:50 p.m.
For the past few years, young Australian beatmaker Harley Edward Streten (a.k.a. Flume) has taken the experimental, electronic scene by storm. Since his discovery in 2011 when he signed with Future Classic out of Sydney, Australian, and since then, the Aussie has not lost any steam. His self-titled debut released in November of 2012 received exceptional critical acclaim from and reached number one on the Australian ITunes charts. When he released the North American version a few months later under Mom + Pop Music label, Americans went crazy for all that Flume had to offer and he was named one of Fuse TV’s 30 “Must-See-Acts” at SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. Since then, Flume has taken over and you can catch him at almost every single festival nationally and internationally this year. Some of his crowd favorites include “Sleepless,” “Holdin On” and his remix of Disclosure’s “You & Me.” I am excited to see what Flume is all about when it comes to his live show but I have heard nothing but incredible reviews. Don’t miss his midnight set on the Bigfoot Stage Saturday.
Robert Plant does not need a reason to be our number one act you cannot skip at Sasquatch! this year and there’s no way in hell we will be missing the legend himself live and in person. Plant reincarnates his musical quest decades by joining six member band “The Sensational Space Shifters,” on a short North American tour. Sasquatch! is only one of five fests you can catch this one-of-a-lifetime performance at and boy are we lucky to be invited along for the ride. Watch Plant and the Space Shifters take the crowd on a creative, emotional and unforgettable journey on Sunday at 11:00 p.m. on the Sasquatch Stage.
See you at the Gorge, Sasquatchians!