Sasquatch! 2012 revisited
Radio Free SoDo sent the staff shutterdog, yours truly, off to the gorgeous Gorge Amphitheater last weekend for the 11th annual Sasquatch! music festival, and in addition to a nasty sunburn & an equally nasty hangover, I think I may have actually brought back a few images worth sharing this time. I’m happy to report back that Sasquatch! is still the undisputed heavyweight champ of the upper-left coast when it comes to music festivals with a world-class lineup of over 130 artists performing over the extended four-day Memorial Day weekend on four outdoor and two tented stages.
The highlights for me included a couple of newcomers to the arena (at least for me) as well as a couple of my all-time favorite standards who seem to have reinvented their sound and infused new energy into both their music and their live performance. The photos from those performances start at the bottom of this page and continue on page two.
Newcomer – We Are Augustines
I totally blew this one off last year when it came out. I listened to it a couple of times & I liked it, but moved on. I had no idea that this is the band that rose from the ashes of the awesome Brooklyn band Pela after they broke up. My loss because these guys are the real thing… energetic, passionate, brash and, oh my god, so much fun live outdoors under a bright blue sky!
Newcomer – Reignwolf
Equal parts Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Kim Thayil on the guitar with a voice that ranges from Mark Lanegan lows to a screaming Layne Staley, Jordan Cook a.k.a. Reignwolf is a fucking rock and roll typhoon live. This dude is all over the place, playing drums & guitar at the same time, covering Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain, working the crowd like a seasoned vet the whole time. An amazing performer and an epic guitar player with a debut album coming soon, this kid’s going to break big and and he’s going to break fast.