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Wednesday May 15, 2024

Pickathon 2024: Uncover Your Next Musical Obsession

Can you believe that we are only six short weeks away from Pickathon 2024?!

Picture yourself at Pickathon, where for four days, your only job is to relax with friends in the scenic PNW landscape of Pendarvis Farm, imbibe the best food and drink on the planet, and experience 55 incredible bands while being fully immersed in 9 mind-blowing venues that double as art installations built by some of the finest design-build teams in the world.

I know it sounds like a hard job, but somebody has got to it.

Forget the formulaic mainstream festivals. Pickathon 2024 isn’t about recycled headliners and generic stages. It’s an immersive journey for the music enthusiast, a place to unearth hidden gems and truly connect with the magic of discovery. This year’s lineup is a masterclass in artistic diversity, promising a weekend unlike any other.

Curated Legends Collide with Rising Stars:

Pickathon champions exceptional music across genres. You might recognize established names like the iconic indie rock force Courtney Barnett, the enigmatic legendsry artist Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the genre-bending aoustic folk collective Elephant Revival, the dreamy synth-pop project Vacations, or the captivating country storyteller Vincent Neil Emerson. But Pickathon is more than just established acts. It’s a platform for the next generation.

Witness the Future of Music:

For those who have attended Pickathon before, one of the festival’s most anticipated aspects is trying to guess who among our lineup will be the next breakout stars headlining huge venues across America. It happens every year, and this year will be no exception.

If you have never been to Pickathon, you only need to look back two or more years on any given Pickathon lineup and watch your jaw hit the floor realizing that all those “unknown” artists were at one festival and no one knew it at the time. Some previously past Pickathon artists who few had heard of at the time include Billy Strings, Tyler Childers, Khruangbin, Leon Bridges, Kamasi Washington, Sturgill Simpson, War on Drugs, Lake Street Dive, Mac DeMarco, Black Pumas, Goth Babe, Thee Sacred Souls, The Marias, Avett Brothers, just to name a few.

So Pickathon veterans, the question now falls to you: Who do you think the breakout artists of 2024 will be?

We don’t know the answer, but it will happen. To start the conversation, here are a couple of possible good guesses to get you thinking:

  • Geese: This Brooklyn-based band is known for its raw, energetic rock sound. It is set to captivate the audience with its dynamic performances.
  • LA Lom: blend the sounds of Cumbia Sonidera, 60’s soul ballads and classic romantic boleros that emanate from radios, backyard parties and dance clubs of Los Angeles with the twang of Peruvian Chicha and Bakersfield Country.
  • Chance Peña: At only 23, this soulful folk artist has already made significant waves. With his poignant songwriting and electrifying stage presence, Chance is a must-see.
  • Adi Oasis: A multi-talented artist known for her unique blend of R&B, funk, and soul. Adi Oasis’s vibrant performances will surely be a festival highlight.
  • Upchuck: Bringing punk energy and attitude, Upchuck’s shows are an exhilarating experience you won’t want to miss.
  • Kassa Overall: A genre-defying artist who merges jazz with hip-hop, Kassa Overall is set to deliver an unforgettable performance.
  • Searows: Known for their introspective lyrics and captivating melodies, Searows is an emerging indie artist to watch.
  • Jake Kohn: With his unique sound and powerful voice, Jake Kohn is ready to make a big impression at Pickathon.
  • PAHUA: This Mexican artist combines electronic beats with traditional Latin sounds, creating a unique and danceable experience.
  • Theo Lawrence: A soulful singer-songwriter with a retro vibe, Theo Lawrence’s music is both nostalgic and fresh.
  • Will Paquin: An indie rock artist with catchy tunes and engaging performances, Will Paquin will surely win over new fans.
  • Kara Jackson: A poet and musician whose deeply personal songs resonate with listeners profoundly.
  • Ratboys: This indie rock band delivers heartfelt, catchy tunes that will surely be crowd-pleasers.
  • McKinley Dixon: Combining rap with jazz influences, McKinley Dixon’s innovative style makes for a compelling performance.
  • Florry: An indie band with a dreamy sound and captivating stage presence, Florry is set to enchant the audience.

As you dig deep to make your predictions whatever you do don’t stop at the list above, as the probability is high that it will be one of the other 35+ Pickathon bands we didn’t list.

A Genre-Bending Adventure:

Pickathon is a playground for musical exploration as we feature todays rising star and deep cuts across a wide swath of musical genres. Want to lose yourself in the best honkytonk country music of today? We’ve got you covered with Ellis Bullard. Craving the most infectious energy of a live New Orleans brass band? Look no further than The Soul Rebels. Feeling introspective? Immerse yourself in the delicate folk stylings of Billie Marten. In the mood for something truly unique? Don’t miss Pahua‘s infectious blend of Cumbia and electronic music. Pickathon offers a diverse soundscape guaranteed to ignite your musical curiosity.

Beyond the Music:

Pickathon is a feast for the senses. Nestled amidst the picturesque Pendarvis Farm, the festival offers a chance to reconnect with nature, breathe in the fresh air, and lose yourself in captivating art installations. Savor delicious, locally sourced food from sustainable vendors, creating a truly holistic experience. Whether you’re seeking soul-stirring melodies or a chance to rejuvenate your spirit, Pickathon offers an unforgettable escape.

Ready to embark on your musical adventure?

Check out the video and audio playlists below featuring this year’s incredible artists. Dig deeper into each artist on our music lineup page or check out the schedule. Grab your tickets, and start planning your escape to the best indie festival in the country. Don’t miss your chance to be part of something truly special.

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