Week Eight of A Concert A Day is here and North Carolina is giving us three of the best artists they have to offer, with honky tonk-infused Appalachian Bluegrass pickers Town Mountain, acclaimed roots duo Mandolin Orange, and folk rock water diviners Hiss Golden Messenger each representing the Tar Heel State on Pickathon stages Monday, Friday, and Saturday respectively. We’ll also see art pop expressionist Ezra Furman, South Carolina Americana mainstays Shovels & Rope, and Swedish post-punk fusion reactors Viagra Boys in their 2019 Galaxy Barn performance.
On Monday, the fourth week of A Concert A Day kicks off with Miya Folick, one of the most memorable sets of Pickathon 2019. The L.A. dark pop balladeer, known for her soaring vocals and unmitigated on-stage energy, once used Tinder to put together her band. Monday’s stream of Folick’s Woods Stage performance will be hosted by Paste Magazine’s Ellen Johnson. Acclaimed roots-gospel duo The War and Treaty (Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter) also played the Woods Stage in 2018.
This week of Pickathon's A Concert A Day brings us GRAMMY winners and nominees (Margo Price, Andrew Bird). We've also got performances from Brownout (side-project from members of the GRAMMY winning latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma), whose latest album, Berlin Sessions, just dropped in March and was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. We also get to see celebrated Americana and rock favorites The Lone Bellow and Thee Oh Sees, and The Oh Hellos, in their respective 2013 and 2016 Pickathon visits.
As we fight COVID-19 together, the power of music to bring hope, foster community, and encourage mental health is more resonant than ever. With this in mind, Pickathon is excited to present A Concert A Day starting April 8, an initiative to help musicians and artist communities through the Recording Academy’s MUSICARES® organization. During this time of hardship, with so many artists unable to tour and so many people stuck at home, Pickathon is opening the vaults to premiere one full concert a day for 60 days, streaming for free on Facebook, Amazon Music’s Twitch channel, and on YouTube.
Returning to Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, Pickathon (July 30 - August 2, 2020) will look and feel completely different. At Pickathon 2020 you’ll find new stages, new artists, a new festival site, and a new way of looking at music festivals that ties everything closer to nature. In a radical departure from other music festivals, as daytime and nighttime roll across the grounds at Pickathon each of these periods will awaken different stages and moods.
We all know that when it comes to booking festivals, sexism is unfortunately alive and well. According to a 2018 Pitchfork investigation featuring a sampling of 20 American music festivals, it was revealed that, on average, only 19% of festival performers were female or non-binary. An additional 11% were bands with at least one female or non-binary member. That means that an average of 70% of solo performers or bands at American music festivals last year were all-male.
Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band will be doing a deep dive double set for three hours to close out Friday night on the Woods Stage. Nathaniel Rateliff is bringing his full band The Night Sweats for a set of recent material Saturday and then closing out Sunday with a whole other band of friends to play acoustic roots versions of his earliest material!
Pickathon announces new additions to an already stacked lineup, bringing a true American musical legend, Phil Lesh, into the fold. A founding member of the Grateful Dead, Lesh not only influenced multiple generations of artists, but created and defined a new American songbook, at once inspired by the roots of the music that came before and open to psychedelic new horizons. Lesh will be performing two days at Pickathon as Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band.