Pick of the Litter

Pickathon bucks industry trends to craft the music fest of the future.

Music Stories
I don’t do outdoor festivals. This has as much to do with my own pasty skin and aversion to large crowds as it does the with inherent disadvantages of seeing your favorite band’s music drift u   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Top Five Local Festivals To Plan Your 2012 By

Top 5
Soul’d Out Music Festival, April 12-25We’re excited about: Dr. Lonnie Smith, who absolutely killed last year’s fest; the mighty Maze; French electro-geniuses Justice.Waterfront Blues Festival, J   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Pickathon Announces Lineup


The way the folks at Pickathon do their booking is really kind of unique. Everyone involved brings music to regular get-togethers in co-founder Zale Schoenborn's basement and, over beers, they just sit around listening. The talk isn't about draw or demographics—though, obviously, the question "will folks like it?" comes up a lot—it's about whether the songs the group just heard blew them away or ...   More
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

A Conversation with Pickathon Co-Founder Zale Schoenborn


Earlier today, Pickathon, the annual Happy Valley roots music festival, released the lineup for its 2011 edition, and it might just be the most musically diverse in its 13 year history. Headlined by gospel-soul legend Mavis Staples, the bill also features gritty R&B throwback Lee Fields and the Expressions, electro-pop outfit Future Islands and hard rockers Buffalo Killers mixed in with big-name ...   More
Monday, February 14, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Pickathon Announces Six More Acts; We Chat with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken

Pickathon (August 6-8, 2010) is coming back for another round. Portland's rootsy, old-growth-shaded oasis of Americana music, nature and general merriment. There aren't many gatherings that showcase the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy and Dr. Dog while encouraging you to bring your own instrument and play at your campsite with new friends that night. In its 12th year, the organic-oriented festival ...   More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 MARK STOCK

Pickathon 2010, Partially (in Pictures)

Words: Casey Jarman. Photos: Vivian Johnson. Regular WW photographer Vivian Johnson and I were both utterly thrilled to be heading to Pendarvis Farm on Friday for this year's Pickathon festival. Vivian because she went last year and had a blast; me because I've been trying to get out to the annual shindig for years and something always gets in the way. And so we saw each other out on the edge of ...   More
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


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