Pickathon is famous for curating breakout bands across all genres! It’s an engine of discovery that introduces us to bands before they win Grammys, headline national festivals, or earn a place in your best artist list.
Pickathon is unlike any other festival you’ve been to and no matter what anyone tries to tell you, you really won’t understand until you set foot on Pendarvis Farm. #iykyk
This year we are excited to announce our best musical lineup ever!
Many music fans will likely recognize indie roots powerhouses Watchhouse, or old-school soul icon Lee Fields, and others in the know will be happy about alt-glam band Dehd, indie-folk superstar Madison Cunningham, sweet harmonies of Ocie Elliot, and Zambian psych rockers W.I.T.C.H. but this is just the tip of the discovery iceberg.
Get ready to experience several bands from red-hot scenes, like Thee Sinseers and The Altons who represent Los Angeles’ new wave of soul music, Imarhan, and Vieux Farka Touré from the wide desert expanses of Sub-Saharan West Africa, or Pachyman who is the vanguard of today’s dub reggae scene. Others are spectacular examples of unprecedented cultural collaborations, like the bluegrass banjo and Venezuelan harp combo Larry & Joe, or Orchestra Gold, which melds Malian song with SF Bay Area psych rock. Still, others present brand-new genres of music being invented at the moment, like the post-internet jazz of MonoNeon, the Native American powwow + electronic Bon Iver soundscapes of Joe Rainey, or the lo-fi memeology of the hugely popular Yot Club.
Latine music is an exceptional highlight at Pickathon this year with the likes of Colombian psych trad band Meridian Brothers, Peruvian electronica group Novalima, and Mexican punk rockers Sgt. Papers – as is cutting-edge hip-hop from Canadian rapper TOBi, Tampa experimentalists They Hate Change, and jazz geniuses Butcher Brown.
Country, blues, folk, and bluegrass are stronger than ever with the likes of Nick Shoulders, The Kernal, Emily Nenni, Riddy Arman, Po Ramblin Boys, Mountain Grass Unit, Nat Myers, Sprig of That, Cat Clyde, Jackie Venson, GA-20, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, and Courtney Marie Andrews.
Soul, R&b, and jazz effortlessly come together with the amazing Say She She, Brittany Davis, and Madison McFerrin.
The Jam, Psych, and Metal Worlds will blow you away with Hoveriii, Wine Lips, Gel, Wayne Graham, The Shivas, Mikaela Davis, Mike Dillon, and Punkadelik, and Pickathon’s rep in featuring the next big indie stars is unchallenged with fast-rising artists Wednesday, MJ Lenderman, Nikki Nair, Florist, Small Paul, and Rich Ruth.
With over 50 artists to discover at Pickathon 2023, these artists are just a small taste of what to expect!
What to hear more? Check out the Pickathon 2023 Audio and Video Playlists.
2023 Pickathon Video Playlist
2023 Pickathon Curated Playlist
2023 Pickathon Full Album Playlist
Pickathon 2023 tickets are getting low and so don’t delay.