This week we present the latest episode from the 2016-2017 Pickathon Woods Series. These videos are hand-picked by opbmusic to showcase some of the most exciting performances captured at the Woods Stage during Pickathon, a three-day festival held each summer just outside Portland, Oregon.  

As the gloaming slowly engulfed the sky on Saturday night, the growing festival crowd could tell they were witnessing something special. There among the twigs and trees of the Woods Stage, Canadian group Alvvays gave one of the best performances of Pickathon 2016 with a set of fun and entirely danceable jangle pop music. “This is definitely the coolest place we’ve ever played,” lead singer Molly Rankin cheerfully offered up to the audience nestled in the forested amphitheater. And the band was still clearly having fun as they performed this version of “Next Of Kin” from their self-titled 2014 debut. It was the perfect soundtrack for a cool Oregon summer evening and provided the exclamation point to this feel-good gig.  

Every month this year, opbmusic and NPR Music will present another episode from the Pickathon Woods Stage. Look for the next premiere in late January.  

The Pickathon Woods Series was made possible by support from Klean Kanteen.