So, you’re not going to Sasquatch? That doesn’t mean you can’t attend an awesome local music festival. For free. While Sasquatch has become the Northwest music festival synonymous with Memorial Day Weekend, it’s not the original. That would be Folklife Festival, who will be celebrating 40 years this holiday weekend.
To celebrate the big anniversary, the free multi-cultura festivall has a stellar local music line-up featuring some of our favorites. Bands you wouldn’t be surprised to see playing Sasquatch, in fact. (And at least one name who is playing both.) Here’s just a tiny sample of what’s happening at Folklife this weekend musically, but be sure to check out the full music schedule.
Friday May 27:
Ravenna Woods – 7pm as part of the Folk Redefined Showcase, Indie Roots Stage
Wheedle’s Groove – 7pm as part of the Friday Night Funk Party, Mural Amphitheater
Saturday May 28
Gabriel Mintz – 1:40pm, Indie Roots Stage
Shana Cleavland & the Sand Castles – 1:55pm, Folklife Cafe Stage
Karl Blau – 2:40, Folklife Cafe Stage
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West – 4pm as part of the American Standard Time Showcase, Indie Roots Stage
Hobosexual – 5:30pm, Vera Project
LAKE, The Curious Mystery – 7pm as part of the Independent Thinking: K Records, Indie Roots Stage
Sunday May 29
Pickwick, Shenandoah Davis – 12pm as part of the Ball of Wax Showcase, Indie Roots Stage
Joseph Giant – 4:45pm, Indie Roots Stage
Bryan John Appleby – 5:30pm, Indie Roots Stage
NighTraiN – 6:45pm, Vera Project
Weinland – 7:00pm as part of the PDXperimental Folk Showcase, Indie Roots Stage
Monday May 30
Watch It Sparkle – 5pm, Vera Project
Yuni in Taxco, Hoarde and the Harem – 5 to 7pm as part of the Think Local, Act Indie Showcase, Indie Roots Stage
While the Fest is free, be sure to drop $10 or $20 in the donation jar, it’s certainly not free to put on and you’d be paying lots more to see the same caliber of local musicians if you were at The Gorge.
After the jump, check out some videos from the artists playing Folklife’s 40th: (more…)