Sunday was that last day of Pickathon 2018, ending the festival’s 20th anniversary edition on a warm note — both temperature and talent wise. Despite the audience’s fatigue and the sun beating down, both veteran and newer acts brought the eclectic (and dusty!) weekend to a wonderful close. While the workweek loomed, audiences sat on blankets, stood in pits and danced their tired hearts out to acts like Jamila Woods, WAND, Broken Social Scene and more.
Indie-folk act Michael Nau played a calm early afternoon set at the large Mt. Hood Stage — causing opbmusic program director Dave Christensen to text the opbmusic festival group chat that “there should be hammocks up here.”
As festival-goers and artists retire to their homes and their regular 9-to-5 days, that statement sums up the last day pretty well.
Scroll through to see coverage and photos from Sunday, Aug. 5 2018.
As the day warmed up, Michael Nau and his band laid into a mellow 70s inspired set on the Mt. Hood Stage, with sunny lyrics over piano and reverb-soaked guitar. It was perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Nau’s other band, an underrated psych-rock group from Maryland called Cotton Jones, has been on hiatus. In the meantime he seems to be at a creative peak, releasing albums under his own name for the first time, with new records each of the last three years. His latest, “The Mighty Thread,” was just released on Friday. — Dave Christensen
Revel In Dimes
This New York band was new to me, but their sweat-soaked roadhouse blues was a welcome jolt of energy Sunday afternoon. With most of the songs on steady boil, vocalist Kia Warren and guitarist/harp player Eric Simons took turns with the lead part. At one point Simons stood on his amp to solo. Their take on “Baby Please Don’t Go,” was my favorite of the set. — Dave Christensen
Portland rapper Rasheed Jamal put on a fantastic performance Sunday at the Treeline Stage. His on-stage banter was a breath of fresh air on the hottest day of the weekend. After removing his final layer of shirts, he even jokingly asked everyone to take a picture of his body he works so hard on, which was quite chiseled I might add. But the real shining moments were his raps which were powerful and thought-provoking, with songs about social injustice and awareness, all over big bass riddled beats. You could tell his message was resonating with the crowd as we danced and cheered him on all through his set. — Arthur C. Lee
It’s been a wild year for Portland-based songwriter Haley Heynderickx, who released her debut LP “I Need To Start A Garden” in March. Since then, she’s garnered plaudits from outlets like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and NPR Music. She opened for Ani DiFranco, graced NPR’s Tiny Desk, and played all over North America and the UK. So it seemed only fitting that her whirlwind tour ended on Sunday afternoon at the Woods Stage, performing in front of a massive crowd just 40 miles from where she grew up in Forest Grove, Oregon. And although it was technically the last stop, the set felt more like the beginning of something truly exciting. Heynderickx and her road tested bandmates played a gorgeous collection of hushed folk rock peppered with trumpet, subtle rhythm and pinned down by impeccable harmonies that were seemingly made to be sung amongst the trees. — Jerad Walker
I came into Sunday with a bad stomach ache — probably not the best way to end a fun festival weekend. The only set I really caught was L.A-rock group WAND, and though their blistering guitars and garage-rock sensibilities might not have been great for someone who wasn’t feeling well, I didn’t care much because they were so fun. The band played songs off their 2017 album “Plum,” powering from one song to the next. Audience members nodded their heads and danced, and surprisingly, that was the most audience movement I had seen at a Pickathon set so far — besides the obvious dancing at Sheer Mag. — Sararose Davies