dudes, this was the best set. i loved the maker's sneak in, as well as how stoked the entire (albeit small) crowd was for this. can't wait to see them at pitchfork, although nothing will compare to the show they played at the trocadero last november. wish they were hitting canada...
Thanks for the replies, guys. I'll be staying at the Hawthorne Hostel, which from what I understand is about 15 minutes from downtown Portland. I've been crazy busy lately and haven't done nearly enough research on the area, but I'll take what you guys are saying into account. Washington Park, specifically, sounds great. Super excited to see the city.
So I'll be in Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday night before the fest, and being an east coaster, I don't make it this way ever. In two days, what is essential to do in Portland? There doesn't seem to be any good shows going on in the time I'm there, but I guess there's more than enough microbrews and various places to eat to hit. Aside from Voodoo Donuts though, I don't know a ton about the city. I've also heard that there are various beautiful trails and parks around the city, although again, I don't know where to begin. Are most of these reachable by public transit? Will I get feasted on by bears? Come on, fill me in here, Portlanders.
So, who else is excited for this? Only the what, third show they've played since being back? Surprised they didn't schedule a Seattle or Portland date around Sasq but what can you do. Anyway, the fact that I'll be hearing most of Icky Mettle and Greatest of All Time live almost pays my admission to the festival alone, but it is a shame about their short set. 45 minutes for one of the best of the 90s is a bad call, Zacks.
The Friday stage setup is weird (it's pretty much a Foo Fighters show with a confusing multiplicity of stages) and the GBV timeslot is a fucking travesty. An hour for a band that has 3 hours of brilliant material for alcohol consumption to offer? Fuck, Zacks, come on. Like others have said, though, that'll be a great afternoon drunk I'll have going on.
I'll also ask for one of these so-called Excel Wizards to make a selective schedule. Thanks, ya'll.
Hey there, so my buddy and I are going to be arriving on the west coast in Seattle on May 23rd, and then taking a bus to Portland the next day to stay overnight there on the 24th and 25th. Heading to the Gorge on Thursday night, and then we've got one more night in Seattle after the fest on the 31st. Question is whether there's any good shows going on in those cities those nights that anyone might know of. Last year, before the fest, Caribou played a great show at Neumos and that ruled, but if it's a band that's not playing a warm-up fest show that is cool too obviously. I've checked Pollstar but they don't have much listed (except for an Usher date in Portland, that'll be a winner), but I know they don't always have everything covered.
So, any suggestions? Also if anyone has room for two good-smelling, well-groomed guys to the Gorge on Thursday or Friday from Seattle or Portland, that would be amazing! We will, of course, pitch gas. Right now the plan is to take the Greyhound but that's a long time on the bus and meeting some new friends before the fest is always a plus. Let me know!
Hate to disappoint you, alex, but I talked to Nils from the RAA at a show in Hamilton in December and he said no when I asked about them playing Sasquatch, so unless something's changed since then or he hadn't spoken with their booking agent in awhile, you can count them out.
Their entire touring schedule is madness. Vancouver to Toronto overnight? Followed by a continental flight back to the West Coast for San Fran a few days later with no off nights in between? They're daredevils as well as comedians.
Agreed with Blacksmile totally. I've never really said this as I'm obviously all for subjective opinions, but all the bitching I've read about Pavement's set on Sunday has come from people who aren't familiar with their catalog/what they do and really, just "don't get it". Listen to those albums and tell me they're not unfuckwithable.
I haven't seen anyone on here talk about it, and while I like them a fair bit, I missed their performance for Broken Social Scene. Two of the members of the Posies were in the reconstituted Big Star for a number of years though, so I'm wondering whether they honoured the late Alex Chilton (RIP) with any Big Star covers? I haven't seen anyone on here talking about the set so I wonder if anyone even attended?
Oh, also, I feel obliged to say that that was the best weekend ever and I will definitely be back next year. ;D
Hey, my friend and I are looking for a ride from Quincy to the Gorge on Friday the 28th. We arrive at the Quincy Greyhound terminal at 2:00pm and don't know we're going to get to the festival grounds. We have a camping pass between the two of us and don't have a car, so if you need to store your car and don't have a pass then that's no trouble. If you already have a pass but have room for two from Quincy to the Gorge then we'll give you some gas pitch! Thanks a lot!