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La Luz, who will play Sunday at Sasquatch!, doing their song “What Good Am I?” aboard the Big Wheel on Seattle’s waterfront. (For more original videos from Seattle acts playing Sasquatch! click here.)
Update: The festival has begun. Check out our Day 1 coverage here.
Every Memorial Day weekend, thousands of millennials make the pilgrimage to the Gorge in Central Washington for the Sasquatch! festival, the multigenre moneymaker which started in 2002 and has become our region’s most famous and biggest music event since, making a mogul out of founder Adam Zacks.
Despite the cancellation of the planned second weekend of Sasquatch, this year’s fest is sold out. Headlining is Outkast, the revered Atlanta hip-hop duo whose nasally voiced Andre 3000, despite contesting claims, might be the best rapper alive.
On one hand, Sasquatch is pure spectacle. The natural scene is a miniature Grand Canyon cutting through the moon. And the fans are nightmarish eye candy, faces streaked with paint, behaving as if the sun ate half their brains.
On the other hand, there are a ton of great musical acts on hand, as well as comedians. In the moment of an excellent performance, transcendence does indeed occur at Sasquatch. You have to be open to it and adept at getting Zen in a wild place. But it can happen. Be sure to drink a lot of water so you don’t pass out in the hot sun and miss it.
Good luck, stay safe, wear earplugs — and follow our team here at SoundPosts (or on Twitter and Instagram @soundposts).
Here are some don’t-miss acts:
The Physics (1 p.m.): Seattle hip-hop with an O’Dea High School pedigree.
Iska Dhaaf (1 p.m.): New Seattle minimal-rock band.
De La Soul (3:15 p.m.): Classic purveyors of middle-class, mind-expanding hip-hop.
Chance the Rapper (5:30 p.m.): Brilliant, young, musical, raspy Chicago rapper.
Princess (6 p.m.): Featuring Maya Rudolph.
Gifted Gab (7:15 p.m.): Hot Seattle rapper; first lady of the illustrious Moor Gang.
Classixx (8:30 p.m.): Decadent dance music.
Damien Jurado (9:15 p.m.): Godfather of Seattle folk.
Outkast (10:40 p.m.): Unimpeachable legends of various rap styles: pop, mystical, storytelling, and sci-fi.
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Rappers Gifted Gab and Nacho Picasso perform “Pay Me” in a BMW car while driving along Alki Beach in West Seattle.
Dude York (3 p.m.): High-powered, guitar-slashing Seattle rock.
Eric Andre (3:45 p.m.): Stoner comedy.
Sol (4:10 p.m.): Pop-minded Seattle rapper on the rise.
Violent Femmes (5:50 p.m.): “College rock” to the parents of the average Sasquatch attendee.
Neko Case (7:15 p.m.): Tacoma native, player of the unusual tenor guitar, singer of gorgeous alto notes.
Ryan Hemsworth (7:25 p.m.): Fun and frivolous dance/rap deejaying.
Chastity Belt (8:15 p.m.): Full-force feminist rock.
M.I.A. (8:45 p.m.): Notorious English rapper with a knack for grabbing headlines.
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Synth-pop trio The Flavr Blue, along with Maggie Tweedy on violin, perform an acoustic rendition of “Supply” aboard The Winifred on Lake Union.
Tacocat (1 p.m.): Seattle’s most on-fire rock group of the moment.
La Luz (2 p.m.): Surfy Seattle rock you can snooze or dance to.
Tune-Yards (3:10 p.m.): Sonic experiments with a beat.
Hannibal Buress (4:45 p.m.): Slurred, hilarious jokes come out of this comedian like slow lava.
The Flavr Blue (7 p.m.): Seattle electronic pop (singer Hollis is the voice on the hook of Macklemore’s “White Walls”).
Haim (7:15 p.m.): California pop rock with bubblegum snap.
Big Freedia (8:30): Bounce from New Orleans, meaning rap targeted at the rap/twerk combo.
Rodriguez (8:45 p.m.): Detroit folksinger rediscovered in the film “Searching For Sugarman.”
Queens of the Stone Age (11 p.m.): Rock riffs as deep as the Gorge.
Gesaffelstein (11:45 p.m.) French techno DJ who worked on Kanye’s “Yeezus.”
Major Lazer (midnight): Electro-reggae from DJ Diplo.
Andrew Matson: matsononmusic@gmail or @andrewmatson