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REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in Photos

REVIEW: The Sasquatch! Music Festival Experience in Photos

Words and Photos by James Oborne
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June 4, 2012

A point-by-point, show-by-show Sasquatch Festival experience from James Oborne, who also took photos at the festival.

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Friday - Day One REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in Photos
Santigold rocked the Main Stage on opening day with a team of dancers decked out in neon and gold streamers.

Girl Talk performed shortly after Santigold on the main stage, but not before his friend, local rapper, Macklemore warmed up the stage for him. He got the crowd jumping with his signature 10 second samples, mashed up into danceable delight, and before long toilet paper was flying through the air and there were fans on stage dancing right in the midst of the musical mayhem.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosPretty Lights wrapped up the night with an almost two-hour long electronic dance music performance on the Main Stage. The floor was packed and everyone was getting down-and-dirty to the grungiest dubstep set I have ever heard. He even threw in his remix of Kanye West’s "Stronger" to please the non-dubheads. Needless to say, everybody loved it when he performed his 2006 hit “Finally Moving” that samples Etta James’ “I Get a Good Feeling.” As the bass dropped time and time again, the crowd would leap into the air and toss hundreds of glow sticks into the sky in a magical synchronicity with the beat of the music.

Saturday - Day Two
REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosBlitzen Trapper started the day off at the Main Stage with their alt.-rock country crowd pleasers.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosAlabama Shakes was next up on the Bigfoot Stage, and they're making quite the name for themselves by currently opening Jack White shows across the U.S. They brought a soulful southern rock unlike anything I've ever heard before.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosFollowing Seattle rapper, Grynch’s show on the MAINE! stage, his buddy Sol, who's blowing up in the world of west coast hip-hop, played what might be the most intimate show he'll ever play again as he sails into stardom. From the closing of Grynch’s set, fans were packed tight to the un-barricaded stage in anticipation. When Sol came out everybody went nuts, and before long nobody in the front row was farther than arm’s reach of this lyrical genius. Sol brought out Grynch to perform their song “All I Wanna Do” before extra security had to be called in to calm down the crowd.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosChildish Gambino brought his heavy hitting, smart hip-hop to the main stage and a jam-packed dance pit. Before his 45 minute set about penis jokes and “what chicks is fly” had ended he had stripped down and paraded across the stage in a shirtless strut that would be so out of place if it was done by his character on the TV show Community.

Metric kept the high-energy crowd from the Gambino show well-fed with an extra strength dose of Emily Haines’ electronic indie rock.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosExperimental indie rockers tUnE-yArDs were next to perform on the Bigfoot stage. Their brass-heavy set featured hits from their most recent album, WHOKILL, including Bizness and Gangsta.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosWhile Jack White was treating the Main Stage crowd to his latest self-titled album, Wolfgang Gartner was spinning up a storm of electronic dance music in the Banana Dance Tent.

Sunday - Day Three
REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosChiddy Bang was the first big act of the day on the main stage. Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and his DJ, Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, blended quick rhymes with favorite pop samples to keep the crowd happy.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosDeer Tick suited up for their set on the Bigfoot Stage. The alternative indie rockers jammed out for just under an hour with their jangly guitar riffs and simple lyrics.

Big names M.Ward, The Head & The Heart, and Beirut all warmed up the quiet Sunday crowd for an even quieter performance by recent Grammy winners, Bon Iver. Bon Iver closed out the night with a stunning light show and lullabies so sweet, it was difficult to pull yourself off the grass amphitheatre at the end of the evening.

Monday - Day Four
REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosThe last day of the Sasquatch! Festival started out slowly with a heart-warming performance by breakout British musician Ben Howard at the Bigfoot Stage. After 20 minutes of sound checking and technical difficulties, Ben and his guitar finally came to life to the relief of the anxious crowd. His beautiful guitar work and sweet vocals was a dream come true for the 80% female audience.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosGary Clark Jr. (who might be the next Jimi Hendrix) serenaded the Main Stage with guitar licks rugged vocals so well that he might have had the legend rolling over in his grave.

Cloud Cult’s six-piece band and exclusive speed painter performed mid day at the Bigfoot stage. Following their performances they auction the paintings and donate the profits to their environmental nonprofit Earthology Institute.

REVIEW: The Sasquatch Festival Experience in PhotosRecent breakout pop rock group Fun. played the Bigfoot Stage shortly after to a crowd that was as big if not bigger than long time rap group, The Roots’ Saturday performance. The Queen sound-alikes put together a high-energy show that was as fun as it gets. Inflatable animals were tossed over the jam packed crowd while we sang songs that make you feel good.

Canadian indie rock mama Feist threw down on the Main Stage as the last sun of the festival began to set. She rocked the house in a stylish dress with a neon pink taped acoustic guitar and three soulful dancing backup singers.

Goof-rockers, Tenacious D, played an entertaining set on the Main Stage as the crowds assembled for the last performance of the festival: either electronic dance music mastermind Nero at the Banana Tent or 90s alternative rock sensation Beck. He started of with some classic hits that had the crowd on their feet, singing along and soaking up every last ounce of goodness that the Sasquatch! Festival had to offer. His set mellowed out before being joined for a rowdy encore with Tenacious D.

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