Festival Review: Upstream Music Fest + Summit

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Photo credit: Rod Mar For three days, Pioneer Square went "Upstream." Over 25 stages featuring 300+ artists were spread out from CenturyLink Field to Occidental Park and beyond. In true Seattle fashion, we experienced some extremely questionable weather during Upstream Fest + Summit . But in between the clouds and downpours, we were blessed with a few fantastic sun breaks that made this fresh festival all the more special. Stages consisted of everything between humble street corners to elaborate set ups where loyal fans danced to the music of their favorite bands. This weekend I made the schlep to the main stage for amazing acts like Deep Sea Diver, Beat Connection, Flying Lotus and Shabazz Palaces, squeezed into clubs like the Comedy Underground for Thunderpussy and Dude York and watched Fauna Shade, Acid Tongue and Tangerine make the Buttnick Building...
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Pickathon 2016

Pickathon 2016
photo credit: Pickathon 2016 | Mt. Hood Stage from above l by Liz Devine It's almost astounding that the sylvan paradise of Pendarvis Farm, located in rural Happy Valley, OR., is less than 15 minutes from Downtown Portland. It's like it has a cloak of invisibility around it, protecting it from the outside world. It's this circle of protection that has allowed Pickathon to flourish into its 18th incarnation, the largest yet, with musicians from all over the world and thousands of music fans from all walks of life. This year, Pickathon had the most eclectic lineup than ever before, flourishing far from the festival's traditional music roots. There was hardly a fiddle or banjo in sight. Instead it favored an impressive array of guitar-centric indie rock, some experimental electronica, several African musicians, and a surprising amount of punk, metal and progressive. Over...
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The Digital Oasis

The Digital Oasis
Paradiso Festival 2016 Day 1
On Friday, June 24th, around noon, seven girls hopped into a pimpin’ Honda Odyssey to head from Seattle to the Gorge Amphitheatre for Paradiso 2016 . The excitement oozed through the minivan as flower headbands were compared and chatter about how excited they were to see The Chainsmokers. We reminisced of the years prior and explained to the two Paradiso virgins what to expect. Even though they had heard, I explained that Paradiso is not a rave. Just because it’s EDM does not automatically classify it as a rave. A rave is party; Paradiso is a festival – hence the name, “Paradiso Festival.” By definition a festival is an “organized series of concerts, plays, or movies, typically one held annually in the same place.” People from 18 years old to over 50 years old attend and this was my fourth...
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One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!

One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!
Beat Connection at Sasquatch 2016
If experiencing Sasquatch alone wasn’t great enough already, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview some great Seattle groups like Beat Connection, Grace Love & The True Loves, Tangerine and Thunderpussy as well as Chicago rapper, Sir the Baptist. Beat Connection   CM: I saw you guys recently played a DJ set at Neptune. How does a DJ set work with a 4 man group? Reed: We’re actually working on changing it up a little bit but right now the DJ set is just me. Composition and flow is really important to us when we’re working on records and shows. I started Djing a long time ago, it’s been an important part of the band but it’s not something we do that often. It’s more of a special event because we haven’t quite figured a way to bring everyone into...
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