Sasquatch 2013, The Countdown Begins
Last night’s Sasquatch Launch Party at the Neptune was a mixed bag, an angle the festival itself appears to continuing to strive for. When Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers were the first names listed, I did cringe, but also had to hand it to Adam Zacks for snagging a pair of bands who demand top billing these days. That the Postal Service was the name on the list that garnered the biggest crowd response though was heartening. Has it really been 10 years since I saw Jenny and Ben do that cute dance on the Gorge stage last?
The night’s very special guest and also bigtime Sasquatch headliner was not the Postal Service as multiple people in a position to know had hinted at (even the Pagliacci staff seemed to “know”), but perhaps an even bigger name at this very moment: Hot 100 #1 tag-poppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Dudes are getting to stadium level now having played Red Rocks last week with Major Lazer, so even a meager 3 songs in the 1000-ish cap room at a moment when their popularity is peaking still felt like something special. Aside from details about charts and the now 81 millon views for “Thrift Shop,” “Same Love” live for the first time in Washington State since the song spectacularly influenced the election felt an event in it’s own right.
Though this year’s lineup was light on legacy and heavyweight headliners [insert Coachella *fistshake* here], it makes up for it in diversity and a focus on the what’s been emerging as of late. Though much of it isn’t necessarily catering to my admittedly aging tastes, the weekend has absolutely something to offer for just about everyone. It’s also nice to see a continued dedication to showcasing Seattle’s hip hop community, who this year have more representation on the list than everyone else from the area (Telekenisis, Sean Nelson, and Rose Windows being Seattle’s main notables otherwise).
Peep the full lineup at sasquatchfestival.com/lineup and a few more photos from last night which also featured Cody Chesnutt and Built to Spill below.