Saving Country Music’s home festival, and the place where Sturgill Simpson was discovered, a.k.a. the Pickathon Festival just outside of Portland, OR has just announced their initial 2019 lineup, and it includes a lot of worthy names from the country and roots world and beyond who will assemble at the Pendarvis Farm August 2-4 for the 21st Annual gathering.
Crowned by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, the early lineup also includes the Saving Country Music reigning Artist of the Year Tyler Childers, the reigning Best Live Act Mike and the Moonpies, soaring Pacific Northwest songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, formidable bluegrass band and frequent Tyler Childers collaborators Town Mountain, Mandolin Orange, Lauren Morrow formerly of The Whiskey Gentry, and San Antonio’s best kept secret, Garrett T. Capps, among many others (see full lineup below).
Established in 1998, Pickathon is an independent, highly-curated, master planned, all-ages and family-friendly music festival. Unlike other festivals, Pickathon features multiple performances from artists in a variety of settings, from a stage deep in the woods, to intimate performances in hobby barns, to the big main stage in a field lined by towering Douglas Firs. Along with the music comes leadership in the festival space for curating every aspect of the festival-going experience, and a zero-waste site model that is like a shining city on a hill for how to manage the impact of large events.
“Our secret is that we continue to double down on choices that only make sense when your primary focus is to make the best experience possible, even when it sometimes conflicts with maximizing profits,” says festival founder Zale Schoenborn. “We made a conscious choice some years back to limit our attendance to favor the comfort of our attendees over finding new ways to maximize how many people we can jam into Pendarvis Farm. Entering our 21st year, Pickathon remains inspired to innovate new ways to create the best festival experience.”
Pickathon knows how to keep it intimate, with only 3,500 attendees in 2018, but puts on a festival with national implications, with many of the biggest names in roots music first getting their big start on a Pickathon stage. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to pickathon.com .
Pickathon 2019 Initial Lineup
• Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats • Khruangbin • Mandolin Orange • Nathaniel Rateliff (solo) • Tyler Childers • Lucius • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Fruit Bats • Mountain Man • Caamp • YOB • Damien Jurado • Lambchop • Laura Veirs • Julia Jacklin • The Marías • Miya Folick • Sudan Archives • Bonny Light Horseman • Mdou Moctar • Courtney Marie Andrews • Lido Pimienta • Cedric Burnside • Town Mountain • Jupiter & Okwess • The Beths • B Boys • Our Girl • JJUUJJUU • Sneaks • Young Jesus • Sam Evian • Black Belt Eagle Scout • Flasher • Mike and The Moonpies • Nap Eyes • Soft Kill • H.C. McEntire • Helena Deland • The Cordovas • Lauren Morrow • Bodega • David Nance Group • The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys • Virginia Wing • Garrett T Capps • Martha Scanlan • Gold Star • Colton Turner • &more (Chill Moody & Donn T) • David Bragger & Susan Platz