How do we preserve Pendarvis for the next decade?
Wednesday April 24, 2024

Help us preserve Pendarvis Farm the right way

One of the things we’ve been working hard on before and since we received a 10-year permit at Pendarvis Farm is how to best use the space outside the festival.

Our work has led to a team-up with students at Portland State University’s Urban and Regional Planning Master’s program.

You’ll hear Zale talk about the process at the top of this week’s Pickathon podcast (keep scrolling down). The most important thing you can do today is make your voice heard. Check out the survey linked below and share your thoughts!


Tickets are flying off the shelves, get your spot on the farm!

Crowd during Bee Bee See in the Galaxy Barn at Pickathon 2018 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Or 8/4/2018, Photo by Bill Purcell @rivetandroam

Billie Marten finds fate on the Pickathon Pod

It turns out a teenage star’s best work comes in her 20s

Billie Marten has been releasing music to the public since she was 12 years old. It’s a story we’ve heard plenty of times at this point, a tween uploads music to YouTube, not expecting the vast audience on the other side of the computer screen.

The story we don’t hear enough, though, is about an artist who sidesteps immediate fame and continues to develop. Sure, big gigs popped up in Marten’s teens, like the Reading music festival, but she didn’t sign to a major label for a few years after her initial success.

Her first few albums were released as a teenager, under Sony and RCA. Marten grew frustrated with big record labels during these rollouts, however. When she was dropped by RCA, she called it “the best day of my life…This was my saving grace.”

During lockdown, she signed with a new label and has since released her two most acclaimed works yet, Flora Fauna and last year’s Drop Cherries, which received a perfect score from The Independent in her home country of England.

We can’t wait to hear her acoustic sets of British folk tunes on the farm. Check out her interview with Zale and grab your tickets to Pickathon 2024!


This Week at the Showdown

We’ve got some great local bands and artists coming through the Saloon over the next week.

The Stubborn Lovers are playing a farewell show on our stage this Saturday, capping off a career of relatable, fascinating Americana.

Next Wednesday, Dusty Rust brings his Kansas City-honed Country Rock to the Saloon. He’s quickly becoming a local favorite, with weekly shows around town playing unbeatable covers and powerful original tunes.

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