Sasquatch! Festival Part 2

Jack White was the closing act for the Sasquatch stage on May 26th. He played a variety of music from all his bands, which was a great crowd pleaser. Tens of thousands of people gathered around and all of them were absolutely enthralled by his music. With a comfortable air about him, he switched from guitar to piano smoothly and encouraged the crowd in front of him to keep on drinking. In my opinion, it’s rare to see a musician who truly looks in their element in front of that many people. However, when watching Jack White, it’s obvious that he is exactly where he belongs.

The band Beat Connection took on the Banana Shack this afternoon and merged the worlds of indie rock and electronic music quite seamlessly. With a beat that was both easy to move to and a pleasure to hear, the crowd loved them.

The sheer size of the Sasquatch Music Festival is absolutely indescribable. Many people had attempted to explain its mass of beauty, but nothing could have prepared me for it. The expanse of the campgrounds alone is awe-inspiring. Between the festival and the campsites is bad fifteen minute walk over bridges, ponds and green hills. Of course, the music of the festival accompanies travelers on this walk.

Once inside the festival gates, there are five stages playing different types of music.

The Yetti Stage is the smallest of the five, but that affects neither the crowd nor the performers. Thousands of people stand, sit, lay down or jump about in front of it. With a large amount of indie rock and folk bands adorning it throughout the weekend, the guests of Sasquatch often find themselves parked in front of this little stage.

The “Maine” Stage is rather small as well, but definitely bigger than the Yetti. Although I’ve never considered myself much of a hip-hop, rap or r&b fan, I find myself being drawn towards the artists they have on this stage. And for every other fan of this type of music, the “Maine” stage is definitely the perfect place to be.

The Banana Shack is the only completely enclosed stage at the festival. With a large white canopy over not only the stage, but the dance floor in front of it as well, this place seems to constantly have a light show gong on. It seems to specialize in dubstep, electronic and drum and bass. With hypnotic rhythms and big name DJ’s, this tent attracts a crowd of young people adorned in glow sticks.

The Bigfoot Stage is sponsored by Honda and the second largest stage at Sasquatch. It plays a whole array of music and some of the largest festival crowds can be found in front of it. Some of the bigger names that have/will be playing there are Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent, Little Dragon and Mogwai. It is one of the absolute loudest stages, as the music playing there can be heard all the way back at the campsites.

Finally there is the Sasquatch Main Stage in the Gorge Amphitheatre. When I came up over the hill and looked down into it, I was absolutely blown away. A massive stage sitting at the very bottom of what appears to be a never ending hill of green grass. Thousands upon thousands of bodies litter the hillside as well as the ground on front of the stage. With a large body of water directly behind it and rolling hills that stretch out for an eternity in the distance, this stage is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in North America for music to be played. Pretty Lights, Jack White, Bon Iver and Beck are the headliners for this stage over the weekend, but many other well-known bands have been or will be performing there as well. Of Monsters and Men, The Shins, Beirut, Feist and Tenacious D are just some of the other bands that have the privilege to perform in such an extraordinary place.

Although my allergies are driving me crazy, I’m completely filthy, unbelievably uncomfortable and utterly exhausted, I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. This place is the very definition of “breath taking”.

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