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Dale Watson, King Tuff, Vieux Farka Toure, more: Pickathon Day 2

August 3, 2013


Aug. 03--A few sights and sounds collected while roaming Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley on Day 2 of the 15th annual Pickathon music festival. Can't make it out to Day 3? You can stream it at

Day 1 highlights are here.


The car pulled over to the side of the road and yelled to the guy working the entrance to the parking lot at Pickathon.

"What's going on here?"

"Music festival."

"What kind of music?"

"Bluegrass and some other stuff."


I parked, grabbed some Earth in front of the stage, leaned back to relax and enjoy some bluegrass ...

... and some other stuff.


"I want to hug everyone." -- King Tuff, perhaps saying more about his state of mind than the festival.

But maybe the festival. There was certainly something for everyone to hug during the prime time hours. Lady turned in a fantastic set of soul. Tuff garage rocked out. Vieux Farka Toure had musicians piled up at the side of the stage raving about his playing.

At one point, Toure had to ask the crowd to get up and dance, and you could see both points of view.

From his, he'd had a crowd with happy feet at the Woods Stage on Friday night, and his is music one can certainly move to.

But if you were to describe anything as trance-inducing, it'd be his guitar work, and it was warm, and comfortable. Easy to drift away and be happy.


No matter how many frequent flier miles you have, or how fuel efficient my car might be, and ignoring entirely that "staycation" is thing people still say, the United States is a nation of highways. And out on those highways are men who still ride in buses. And some of those men -- and hopefully some women, too -- have their name on their bus.

Dale Watson, ladies and gentlemen.

You cross a time zone and two seasons going from front to back of that thing.


I would like to know what rodeo Dale Watson's guitar strap won to get its buckle. It's a fantastic buckle.


Continuing on with Dale Watson. Guy was drinking a Lone Star. Which, I'm pretty sure, means there's a portion of that bus reserved for Lone Star. These are the things folks do to make high-end honky tonk music.


Foxygen tried. They wanted to overcome a broken leg. But Foxygen couldn't. A few of them made the festival anyway, though.

PICKATHON, i'll be doing a DJ set in the beer tent at 9:00, come hang out!! -- Rado

-- Foxygen (@foxygentheband) August 4, 2013


Meanwhile, we check in with the MC at the Galaxy Barn (where Foxygen was supposed to play):

Half of Shabazz Palaces, looking me dead in the eye: So I'm performing in a barn? Me: Yeah isn't Oregon great?

-- Amy Miller (@amymiller) August 4, 2013


"I'm just kidding. We're scared to death. We absolutely have a set list." -- The Lone Bellow, after joking they didn't have a set list.


Andrew Bird looping violins, guitars, and whistles is better than anyone else doing those same things. Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt on stage? Even better.


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