CCFX, an Olympia-based band, performs on the Yeti stage Friday, May 25, during the first day of the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash.

CCFX, an Olympia-based band, performs on the Yeti stage Friday, May 25, during the first day of the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash.

Even at 17, Sasquatch! Music Festival keeps drawing new fans

Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, The National, Vince Staples and Shakey Graves thrill and fill the Gorge.

GEORGE — Thousands of people flocked to the Gorge Amphitheatre over the holiday weekend for dancing, swaying, rap and rock at the 17th Sasquatch! Music Festival.

The festival was headlined by Bon Iver, Modest Mouse and The National, with additional performances by dozens of established and on-the-rise acts, from Spoon to Japanese Breakfast. Three days of sun and music left festival-goers with sore feet and good memories. Unlike in years past, there was no rain, wind or hail to disrupt the schedule.

The allure of a warm weekend with national touring bands drew a crowd from Snohomish County.

“Having a blast with friends and listening to great music is what brings me out,” said Randy Minor, 31, of Marysville.

His second Sasquatch experience was made possible by the single-day passes. He went to the second day and was pleasantly surprised with the Shakey Graves set.

“His performance was electric,” Minor said.

Friday buzzed from noon to midnight. First, CCFX played the Yeti stage, the smallest of the four setups. Everett-area music fans may remember them from a memorable set during this year’s Fisherman’s Village Music Festival. Hurray For The Riff Raff continued the day’s theme of energetic female bandleaders, as Alynda Segarra rocked the Bigfoot crowd.

Vince Staples exhibited an impressive presence, handling the Sasquatch main stage alone with a backing track and bulletproof vest. His exuberant set gave an outlet for people ready to romp. That vibe transitioned to the artistic precision of David Byrne. The storied musician and former frontman of The Talking Heads sounded as crisp as the choreography that was involved in his live performance.

Bon Iver followed in those footsteps with a set spanning his works from “For Emma, Forever Ago,” “Bon Iver,” and “22, A Million.” The thumping bass featured on his latest recording was reminiscent of Phil Collins and Genesis. Fitting songs from his debut, “For Emma, Forever Ago,” Bon Iver reworked the cabin-in-the-woods sound of an acoustic guitar and drums into driving percussion.

Tyler, The Creator, capped Friday night with a frenetic string of his “Flower Boy” hits and past favorites from “Wolf” and “Goblin.”

Saturday felt like it was tailored for some of the festival’s stalwart fans.

A string of rock performances by Grizzly Bear, Spoon and Pedro The Lion (an Edmonds/Seattle-based band) showed off the talent that has allowed them to endure and succeed for more than a decade.

People who went to Sasquatch in the early years may remember Modest Mouse on the heels of its breakthrough album, “Good New For People Who Love Bad News.” The band’s set this year called back to its earlier works from “The Moon & Antarctica” and its latest albums, “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” and “Strangers to Ourselves.”

The overall experience of the festival, even in just a single day, was memorable for Bri Hudson, of Everett, who was at Sasquatch for the first time this year.

“I’m a huge music lover, and even though I wasn’t familiar with most of the artists, I always enjoy discovering bands I’ve never heard of as well as enjoying a good show,” said Hudson, 30. “It’s amazing to me how music can bring complete strangers together, and Sasquatch did that — so it was awesome to experience that.”

Sunday, the final day of Sasquatch, had an eclectic sound from stage to stage. Tune-Yards’ world pop sounds provided a burst of energy and dancing in the late afternoon. Perfume Genius brought heady melodies to the Bigfoot stage. And The National gave a show worth remembering for indie rock fans. At the main stage, the band’s frontman happily waded into the crowd, howling the lyrics with fans mirroring them.

The evening and festival weekend came to a close with Anderson.Paak’s hip-hop grooves. The fast-paced rhythm gave people a final chance to dance, at least until the next festival.

Ben Watanabe:; 425-339-3037; Twitter @benwatanabe.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Traffic idles while waiting for the lights to change along 33rd Avenue West on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lynnwood seeks solutions to Costco traffic boondoggle

Let’s take a look at the troublesome intersection of 33rd Avenue W and 30th Place W, as Lynnwood weighs options for better traffic flow.

A memorial with small gifts surrounded a utility pole with a photograph of Ariel Garcia at the corner of Alpine Drive and Vesper Drive ion Wednesday, April 10, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Death of Everett boy, 4, spurs questions over lack of Amber Alert

Local police and court authorities were reluctant to address some key questions, when asked by a Daily Herald reporter this week.

The new Amazon fulfillment center under construction along 172nd Street NE in Arlington, just south of Arlington Municipal Airport. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210708
Frito-Lay leases massive building at Marysville business park

The company will move next door to Tesla and occupy a 300,0000-square-foot building at the Marysville business park.

Snohomish City Hall on Friday, April 12, 2024 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish may sell off old City Hall, water treatment plant, more

That’s because, as soon as 2027, Snohomish City Hall and the police and public works departments could move to a brand-new campus.

Lewis the cat weaves his way through a row of participants during Kitten Yoga at the Everett Animal Shelter on Saturday, April 13, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Downward cat? At kitten yoga in Everett, it’s all paw-sitive vibes

It wasn’t a stretch for furry felines to distract participants. Some cats left with new families — including a reporter.

FILE - In this Friday, March 31, 2017, file photo, Boeing employees walk the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner down towards the delivery ramp area at the company's facility in South Carolina after conducting its first test flight at Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, S.C. Federal safety officials aren't ready to give back authority for approving new planes to Boeing when it comes to the large 787 jet, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. The plane has been plagued by production flaws for more than a year.(AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)
Boeing pushes back on Everett whistleblower’s allegations

Two Boeing engineering executives on Monday described in detail how panels are fitted together, particularly on the 787 Dreamliner.

Ferry workers wait for cars to start loading onto the M/V Kitsap on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Struggling state ferry system finds its way into WA governor’s race

Bob Ferguson backs new diesel ferries if it means getting boats sooner. Dave Reichert said he took the idea from Republicans.

Traffic camera footage shows a crash on northbound I-5 near Arlington that closed all lanes of the highway Monday afternoon. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Woman dies almost 2 weeks after wrong-way I-5 crash near Arlington

On April 1, Jason Lee was driving south on northbound I-5 near the Stillaguamish River bridge when he crashed into a car. Sharon Heeringa later died.

Owner Fatou Dibba prepares food at the African Heritage Restaurant on Saturday, April 6, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Oxtail stew and fufu: Heritage African Restaurant in Everett dishes it up

“Most of the people who walk in through the door don’t know our food,” said Fatou Dibba, co-owner of the new restaurant at Hewitt and Broadway.

A pig and her piglets munch on some leftover food from the Darrington School District’s cafeteria at the Guerzan homestead on Friday, March 15, 2024, in Darrington, Washington. Eileen Guerzan, a special education teacher with the district, frequently brings home food scraps from the cafeteria to feed to her pigs, chickens and goats. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
‘A slopportunity’: Darrington school calls in pigs to reduce food waste

Washingtonians waste over 1 million tons of food every year. Darrington found a win-win way to divert scraps from landfills.

Foamy brown water, emanating a smell similar to sewage, runs along the property line of Lisa Jansson’s home after spilling off from the DTG Enterprises property on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, in Snohomish, Washington. Jansson said the water in the small stream had been flowing clean and clear only a few weeks earlier. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Neighbors of Maltby recycling facility assert polluted runoff, noise

For years, the DTG facility has operated without proper permits. Residents feel a heavy burden as “watchdogs” holding the company accountable.

Rosario Resort and Spa on Orcas Island (Photo provided by Empower Investing)
Orcas Island’s storied Rosario Resort finds a local owner

Founded by an Orcas Island resident, Empower Investing plans” dramatic renovations” to restore the historic resort.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.