By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
Sasquatch sold-out its four-day run at the Gorge this Memorial Day weekend in record time; tickets were gone in less than 90 minutes.
So, if you wanted to go, well, good luck. But if you’re one of the lucky few on your way to the Columbia River Valley for four days of music, here’s a quick look at the biggest names playing the festival — the ones that helped fuel that sell-out.
Sasquatch opens with a bang Friday, welcoming headliners Macklemore and Lewis. The Seattle hip-hop group has been unavoidable on the radio, scoring the witty and energetic hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Stop Us.”
Vampire Weekend also play Friday night. The literary-minded indie pop quartet from New York City just released its lauded third album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” featuring the rockabilly-aping single “Diane Young.”
Saturday cools things off a little, as Icelandic group Sigur Ros closes the night. The group, known for making music with an epic sweep, is preparing to release a new album, “Kveikur,” this year.
Saturday also features the XX, an atmospheric indie rock band from England that hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with its newest album, “Coexist.”
Sunday’s lineup balances old favorites with newer names.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters can claim the mantle of “old favorites” — Costello’s been churning out hits since 1977. Don’t be surprised if he plays a crowd pleaser like “(What’s so Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”
Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons earned its first No. 1 record with this year’s “Babel.” That record, the group’s second, went on to win the Grammy for album of the year.
Monday closes out the festival on a high note, as both the Lumineers and the Postal Service take the stage.
The Lumineers, like Mumford and Sons, have been part of a wave of folky alt-rock bands. The group hit it big with the catchy heartfelt anthem, “Ho Hey.”
Meanwhile, the Postal Service is on a reunion tour, selling out stadiums based on the strength on its only album, “Give Up.” The group, fronted by Washington native Ben Gibbard, is bound to have fans champing at the bit for the festival’s final set.
Tickets are sold-out but can be found at stubhub.com.
Back on this side of the Cascades, Jewel is returning to Seattle. The singer lit up the charts in the 1990s with a string of hits, including “Who Will Save Your Soul,” “You Were Meant For Me” and “Foolish Games.”
She’ll likely play all three as she hits the Moore Theatre in Seattle at 7:30 p.m. May 30 on her greatest hits tour.
Jewel can boast plenty of hits to play. Along with that trio of folk-pop tracks from the 1990s, she’s recently re-invented herself as a successful country singer. Songs like “Satisfied” and “Two Hearts Breaking” have found a home on both country radio and the adult contemporary charts.
Tickets are $22.50 to $92.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Finally, Ozomatli will play the Showbox at the Market at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Los Angeles group has been together since 1995, basing its distinctive sound around an unlikely fusion of salsa and rap.
The group, which takes its name from the Aztec word for monkey, is known for its lively stage show—it’s 2005 album, “Live at the Fillmore,” was a hit on the Latin charts.
Tickets are $25 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.