Show Preview: Sasquatch! Music Festival – Day 1 w/ Flume, Thunderpussy & More – Friday, 5/22

This Friday Sasquatch! Music Festival begins the 4-day event with a great mix of national and local bands. Are you going? If so, you’re very lucky. The event is always popular, and brings together so many cool bands and quite the number of comedians. A few picks I have selected are Flume, Thunderpussy, SISTERS, Brooks Wheelan, Angel Olsen and AlunaGeorge. Also, this might be a strange thing to mention, but it’s important: you can rent lockers. There’s no need to schlep too much at once.

4-5 @ the Yeti Stage: Thunderpussy

Seattle’s Thunderpussy makes its Sasquatch debut! This quartet is one you must catch while at the festival. Is that all I would say for now? I won’t ruin the honestly surprise nature of this group. It’s fabulous, it’s rock sassafras.

Thunderpussy‘s Molly Sides – photo by Dagmar

4:45-5:30 @ Uranus: SISTERS

Self-proclaimed (and aptly so) Indie Pop band SISTERS will also appear on Friday afternoon. They sound mighty good, and they have a song about chickens. And another one about a buzzard (both on Diamonds of Gold). I would expect a very quirky show.


6:30-7 @ El Chupacabra: Brooks Wheelan

Comedian Brooks Wheelan performs a set possibly involving stories about butter and his meth neighbors (those neighbors “love hanging out in their garage coughing”). Wheelan was fired from Saturday Night Live in 2014, but he seems to be doing just fine thank you.

Brooks Wheelan

8:45-10 @ the Yeti Stage: Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen recently made an appearance at Seattle’s Barboza, but if you couldn’t make that, here’s hoping you can make her Sasquatch set. With a perfect voice, Olsen has a real depth in her experience recording with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Willy and as a solo artist.

Angel Olsen – photo by Kirk Stauffer

9-10:30 @ El Chupacabra StageAlunaGeorge

AlunaGeorge’s “I Know You Like It” is another song that seems to be haunting me lately. And I am into this one too. I wouldn’t want to offend this London duo, but on Facebook, they describe themselves as hip hop. I would place them more in electronic pop. That’s just me. Whatever it is, you can dance to it. That can be half the battle with loads of music.

AlunaGeorge – photo by Fiona Garden

12-1:30 @ the Bigfoot Stage: Flume

Sydney, Australia’s Flume (AKA Harly Streton), an electronic musician, is one of the last acts of Friday night. You know what? I’ve actually been hearing “Holdin On” frequently. And I like it a lot. This just might be the occasion to introduce to a genre called wonky. Whether you’re spending the entire day of Friday, stay late to see him.



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