We’ve had a full week to recover since Pickathon ended, and I finally feel ready to write about it. Not only was it the most well-organized, friendly, and environmentally-conscious festival I’ve ever attended, I discovered amazing new artists, saw excellent shows from musicians I already know and love, and met a billion new friends.
Upon arrival, Pendarvis Farm welcomes with open arms. From the staff and volunteers, to fellow festival goers, everyone is truly happy to be there. On Friday, with temperatures blazing at nearly 100 degrees, colorful stretch fabrics strung from the Mountain View Stage provided shade from the sun, and a man with a mister hose sprayed sweaty concert-goers of all ages. From our woodsy camp, somewhere in between Chanterelle Trail and Enlightenment Path, we could hear Typhoon starting up their first show of the weekend and we raced down the trail to grab a spot. Music went on for all hours of the night, with impromptu bands setting up around camp to play together until the sun came up.
The weekend was truly magical; covered in dust, filled with unforgettable musical moments, hammock swings, and Wandering Aengus Cider. Some of the highlights include Alela Diane, The Cave Singers, and The Barr Brothers at the Woods Stage, Dr. Dog and Phosphorescent in the Galaxy Barn, Thee Oh Sees, Bombino, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, and The War on Drugs at the Mountain View Stage, Lake Street Dive and The Mynabirds at the Starlight Stage… The list goes on and on. The last show of the weekend was Dr. Dog in the Barn. It must have been 100 degrees in there at 2 a.m. Bodies were pressed against bodies, and the band was raging and sweating right along with the crowd. At one point, rhythm guitarist Frank McElroy passed his pitcher of beer out in the audience where it was eagerly gulped from, passed around, and almost instantaneously emptied. It was the proper end to an epic weekend.