Hokey Smokes, we are insanely excited to be heading off to Pickathon this weekend! This scrappy little festival outside Portland, Oregon, has gone from an all weekend picking party among friends to one of the most creatively advanced festivals in the nation. Seriously, you kinda have to go to believe this, but it will blow your mind. Check out our interview HERE with Pickathon founder Zale to get a better idea of his risky programming strategy. Here's a quote from Zale: "We feel more confident in the fact that, ‘Hey, this is just great music’ and people are going to catch on and gravitate for the fact that this is something different and people are going to be okay with crossing a lot of ground."
We'll be interviewing artists for Pickathon at their brand-new Interview Stage. It's gonna be really cool, we'll be interviewing artists as they come off the Mainstages (well, Devon Leger of Hearth will be interviewing along with other crack interviewers from around the NW). It'll be like those sports reporters who interview the sweaty, heaving athletes as they roll off the field. Only we'll be asking nerdy questions about their banjos.
The Interview Stage is backstage and closed to the public, BUT you can watch our interviews live on either KEXP or Paste Magazine! Here's more info from KEXP and Paste on that.
Artists we'll be interviewing directly:
-Sierra Leone Refugee All-Star