The Pickathon Festival Announces 20th Anniversary 2018 Lineup

The Pickathon Festival just outside of Portland, Oregon has just announced the initial lineup for their 20th Anniversary season, and like most every year, numerous important luminaries from the effort to help save country music have made the cut.

Out of the 56 names announced already, the list includes Saving Country Music 2017 Album of the Year nominee Zephaniah OHora, Canadian country and folk throwback Colter Wall, traditional country revivalist Charley Crockett, recent Third Man Records signee Joshua Hedley, Johnny Cash reincarnation Paul Cauthen, Austin dynamo Shinyribs, bluegrass maestro Sierra Hull, Southern California folk marvels Mapache, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms, and many more.

Established in 1998, Pickathon is an independent, all-ages & family-friendly music festival. Unlike other festivals, Pickathon features multiple performances from artists in a variety of settings, from stages out in the woods, to intimate performances in hobby barns, to the big main stage in a field lined by 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.

“In an age of uniform commercial festivals, we are humbled that against all odds, an experience-and discovery-oriented music festival like Pickathon is not only celebrating a 20-year anniversary but is also recognized as one of the most unique and diverse in the country,” says Pickathon founding partner, Zale Schoenborn.

There are bigger festivals and flashier headliners during the summer festival season, but few gatherings can boast the ability to not just support worthy music from a wide swath of the American audio palette, but truly launch major careers for artists that go on to have an international impact like Pickathon has with artists such as Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, and Lake Street Dive just to name a few.

The initial lineup can be found below, with more names to be added later. More info and tickets can be found at

2018 Pickathon Lineup:

Andrew Alli
Daniel Norgren
Les Amazones d’Afrique
Danny Barnes Trio
Lonnie Holley
Revel In Dimes
Bee Bee Sea
The Dead Tongues
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Rising Appalachia
Black Pumas
Ezra Furman
Low Cut Connie
Sam Amidon
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Sera Cahoone
Broken Social Scene
Hailu Mergia
Marisa Anderson
Shakey Graves
Built To Spill
Haley Heynderickx
Michael Nau
Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms
Sierra Hull
Charley Crockett
House and Land
Orkesta Mendoza
Circuit des Yeux
Jamila Woods
Paul Cauthen
Valley Queen
Colter Wall
Jen Cloher
Phil Cook
Cut Worms
John Craigie
Pickathon Square Dance w/ Caroline Oakley + The Cully Cut-ups
The War and Treaty
Joshua Hedley
The Weather Station
Karl Blau
Zephaniah OHora
Kikagaku Moyo

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