Sasquatch - Day 1
As of 11am when I met up with Courtney, Joe and Dakota, the reality still had not set in that we were all going to Sasquatch, much less that Sonically Awkward got 2 media passes for exclusive access. The group met up, packed up the truck and left for the Gorge after a couple quick stops on the way. Upon arrival, we met Reggae, our parking pass hookup. After setting up camp and getting a couple quick drinks in, off we went to the festival grounds!
Courtney and I had no issues getting our photo passes - finding the media area was a bit trickier, but by 715 we were on site and interviewing Los Colognes! Jay and Mort couldn't have been nicer guys - that interview piece will be going live sometime soon, keep an eye out for that. Next up on the interview docket was Donormaal, Seattle based rapper performing on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to Christy for her time!
By 830 it was time to catch some tunes in the crowd, and first up was The Head and the Heart at the Sasquatch main stage. Their folk tunes were totally perfect for the setting - and as if the incredible view of the Gorge wasn't good enough, they were wrapping up their set as the sun set on night 1 of Sasquatch. What a sight. But the night was far from over.
Next up was the legendary, impeccably stylish Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, and wow was that a treat. Having just beaten cancer, this set was filled with an extra appreciation for Charles' work. He even did a meet and greet with fans before AND after his set - that's the mark of a genuine, appreciative artist right there. The set was full of Charles' smooth dance moves, grooving throughout song after song. Being a sucker for brass, this set was a treat.
After the first half of Charles' set, I moved to the other show going on over at El Chupacabra - Seattle based producer Manatee Commune. And yes, if you guessed that there was an inflatable manatee flying around throughout the set, you'd be correct. He features an electronic dance vibe, and the crowd under the tent was completely full and dancing the entire time, tossing around beach balls and blow up bananas all set. He just finished up a tour with Bishop Briggs, and made sure to let everyone know in attendance that this was his best show he'd ever done before, and most likely the biggest. SA is working on securing him for an interview - fingers crossed!
Up next I crushed some amazing dumplings from the Dump Truck - shoutout one time for those special pork/ginger dumplings! LCD Soundsytem was next up on Sasquatch stage, and surprisingly enough this may have been the best of the night, which I was not expecting. They played their classic style of songs starting slow and building up to a fever pitch, extended live version of jamming, and it was so much fun. If you get the chance, I'd highly recommend seeing this group! They also announced they just finished up their latest record, awesome news.
Last up was KAYTRANADA, and what they say about him is true - his stage presence is a bit lacking, and there's not much movement. BUT - that being said, his beats are so smooth and danceable that it didn't affect anyone there. When 'Glowed Up' and 'Lite Spots' came on, the beats were as wild as the dance party that ensued. I stayed for the entire set, and am happy I did so - ending the night embarrassing myself dancing was exactly what I needed to wrap up Day 1.