Pickathon Festival 2010 : Pre-Festival Coverage

A festival that manages to bring in quality folk, bluegrass, alt-country, and indie rock bands without feeling blown-out, over-run, and over-saturated.

dr. dog

Dr. Dog seem to be constantly, eternally on tour, and their spirited jams are easy pop jams to enjoy when basking in the sunshine. -VH
MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGE ON AUG. 6 @ 8:45PM
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 7 @ 1:00AM

megafaun

“…peppered with random noise and nature sounds, but it works out perfectly for the folk-fusion mood they are setting.” -JN
MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGE ON AUG. 6 @ 5:15PM
WOODS STAGE ON AUG. 7 @ 4:30PM
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 6 @ 10:00PM

breathe owl breathe

Hailing from Michigan, this 3 piece is chock-full of emotion. Their eclectic and dreamy sounds mixed with Micah Middaugh’s lyrics of honesty make this band uniquely original. -RP
FIR MEADOWS STAGE ON AUG. 6 @ 8:00PM
WOODS STAGE ON AUG. 8 @ 12:00PM

langhorne slim

Amidst this singer-songwriters’ robust, genuine sound and classic, bluesy voice are lyrics that hold this unsettled sadness, yet conjure this element of optimism. -RP
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 6 @ 1:00AM
WOODS STAGE ON AUG. 7 @ 4:30PM
MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGE ON AUG. 8 @ 6:45PM

the cave singers

Seattle’s own Cave Singers definitely stand out amongst the crowd. Including members of Hint, Hint and the beloved (but disbanded) Pretty Girls Make Graves, you can count on the talent behind the sound. -RP
WOODS STAGE ON AUG. 6 @ 7:30PM
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 7 @ 11:30PM
MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGE ON AUG. 8 @ 1:30PM

michael hurley

Singer-songwiter Michael Hurley might be almost 70, but that hasn’t stopped him musically. He’s still churning out albums and being as impish as ever. -VH
WOODS STAGE ON AUG. 6 @ 4:30PM
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 8 @ 11:30AM
WORKSHOP BARN ON AUG. 8 @ 5:00PM

cotton jones

Imagine sitting on a back porch and sipping sweet tea, with nothing but you and the sounds of Cotton Jones in the warm summer air. Start out by listening to “Gone The Bells”, and you’ll be hooked. -RP
WOODS STAGE ON AUG. 6 @ 4:30PM
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 8 @ 11:30AM
WORKSHOP BARN ON AUG. 8 @ 5:00PM

punch brothers

Herein lies some major mastery of banjo, fiddle, and classic bluegrass and folk instrumentation. These five dudes will blow you away. -VH
WOODS STAGE ON AUG. 6 @ 6:00PM
MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGE ON AUG. 7 @ 7:45PM

heartless bastards

Powerhouse vocals, gritty guitars, subtle twangs. This Cincinnati Rock band is destined to become a household name. -RP
MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGE ON AUG. 7 @ 9:45PM
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 8 @ 1:00AM

elliott brood

With their dark twang, yet feel good vibes, this Canadian band is perfect for a cross-country road trip. The suitcase playing trio give a high energy, fun-filled performance not to be missed. -RP
FIR MEADOWS STAGE ON AUG. 7 @ 12:00PM
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 8 @ 10:00PM
WORKSHOP BARN ON AUG. 8 @ 11:00AM

typhoon

Typhoon is quite the amalgam of Portland musicians averaging “21.8” years old (this probably changes all the time), gone instrument-crazy. -VH
GALAXY BARN ON AUG. 7 @ 5:30PM
MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGE ON AUG. 8 @ 11:45AM

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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